CAST – Day 1

I again find  myself typing this blog after a full day seeing plant trials featured at the annuals California Spring Trials (CAST) event for 2019. I’m fading quickly so will try to be efficient before resting up for tomorrow! Our group (Diane, Gail, Mark K., Steve, Jeff and I) hit the ground running this morning and we had a busy day of seeing various sites featuring displays, plants and products.  We spent quite a bit of time at three separate locations and I’ve included a fraction of my 2,000 photos (accumulated these past two days!).  Above is Pericallis SENETTI® Magic Salmon which was just gorgeous this morning at Grolink, our first of three stops.  We also stopped at Ball/PanAmerican and Greenfuse and saw some neat stuff.  I’ll offer a disclaimer with the plants seen below in that I haven’t checked on the appropriate trade names yet but what I’ve given is sufficient for identification purposes.

Gerbera Garvinea® Sweet Sunset (above)

we saw this patch of French lavender (Lavandula stoechas) on standards at Grolink this morning!

Alstromeria hybrida Colorita® Katiana (above)

two of my travelling buddies are above: Mark Konlock (Director of Horticulture, Green Bay Botanical Garden) to the left (and directly below) and Dr. Jeff Kuehny from Louisiana State University,  Director at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden)

Lavandula stoechas ‘Bandera Deep Purple’ (above)

‘Emerald Towers’ basil (Ocimum basilicum) – above

Zion™ Morning Sun African daisy (Osteosperum eckonis ‘KLEOE19395’) – (above)

Serenity Coral Magic African zinnia (Osteospermum ecklonis ‘Balsercoric’) – above

Begonia On Top® Sun Glow (above)

Petunia ‘Easy Wave® Lavender Sky Blue’ (above)

Capsicum annuum ‘Salsa XP’ (above)

Calibrachoa ‘MiniFamous Neo Laua + Red Eye’ (above)

Petunia Constellation™ ‘Virgo’ (petunia)

Petunia “Spider Girl’ (above)

Petunia ‘Purple Storm’ (above)


sweet alyssum Lobularia maritima Marineland™ ‘Frosty Lavender’ (above)

sweet alyssum Lobularia maritima Marineland™ ‘Frosty Lavender’ (above)

Begonia ‘Dibs Curly White’ (above)

Begonia rex-cultorum Shadow King® ‘Rose Frost’ (above)

Begonia rex-cultorum Shadow King® ‘Black Cherrry’ (above)

Begonia rex-cultorum Shadow King® ‘Lave Red’ (above)

Dahlia Venti™ Tequila Sunrise (above)

Headliner Pink™  Sky petunia (Petunia ‘KLEPH17342’) – above