Stories from the field: Colorado Horticulture Industry and beyond

Stories from the field: Colorado Horticulture Stories and beyond

I have decided to take the project I’m calling, Stories from the Field. In the field of horticulture we have a broad spectrum of skills and hobbies that makes life very interesting. I am going to share those stories by recording the story on StoryCorps.

My first interview was with Bob Heath, friend and mentor. Who spent most of his adult life in the green industry of Colorado and beyond. Listen to his story here. 

For my second interview I travel south to Colorado Springs and interviewed the Billy Harding family of Harding’s Nursery est. 1957. From how he started out in the nursery business to a goat who traveled over 5000 miles with Billy.

Please let me know if you are interested in being interviewed. michelle@sunshinehort.com.

Thanks Michelle

cropped-sunshine-hort-logo-final-cmyk.png

March into spring with Grasses from Loma Vista Nursery!

Have you seen the grasses that Loma Vista Nursery in Ottawa, KS?

Look at these beauties to liven up your garden center or nursery.

Please contact me on where to find the beauties! michelle@sunshinehort.comGrasses _) LOMA VISTA.jpg

We have a huge selection of Ornamental grasses both cool & warm season.

Cool Season are showing green now as of April 10 these are the Calamagrostis & Chasmanthium. Karl Forester being one of our most poplular.

The remaining are mostly warm season grasses and may have a blade or two showing but don’t really start to grow until the ground temperature stay above 50 degrees for the varieties that do best in Colorado.

Contact me to see where you can find grasses from Loma Vista.

Ornamental & Native Grasses Size
ANDROPOGON gerardii Red October #3
BOUTELOUA gracilis Blonde Ambition #1
CALAMAGROSTIS acu Karl Foerster #1
CALAMAGROSTIS acu Karl Foerster #2
CALAMAGROSTIS acu Karl Foerster #5
CALAMAGROSTIS brachytricha #1
CALAMAGROSTIS brachytricha #5
CAREX bicknellii #1
CAREX Ice Dance #1
CAREX pensylvanica #1
CHASMANTHIUM latifolium #1
ERIANTHUS ravannae #2
JUNCUS effusus #1
LIRIOPE muscari Big Blue #1
LIRIOPE muscari Variegata #1
LIRIOPE spicata #1
MISCANTHUS sin Adagio #2
MISCANTHUS sin Adagio #5
MISCANTHUS sin Gold Breeze #1
MISCANTHUS sin Gracillimus #1
MISCANTHUS sin Gracillimus #2
MISCANTHUS sin Gracillimus #5
MISCANTHUS sin Little Kitten #1
MISCANTHUS sin Little Kitten #2
MISCANTHUS sin Morning Light #1
MISCANTHUS sin Purpurascens #1
MISCANTHUS sin Purpurascens #5
MISCANTHUS sin Variegatus #1
MISCANTHUS sin Variegatus #5
PANICUM virgatum Dallas Blues #1
PANICUM virgatum Dallas Blues #5
PANICUM virgatum Heavy Metal #1
PANICUM virgatum Heavy Metal #5
PANICUM virgatum Hot Rod #1
PANICUM virgatum Northwind #1
PANICUM virgatum Northwind #2
PANICUM virgatum Northwind #3
PANICUM virgatum Shenandoah #1
PANICUM virgatum Shenandoah #2
PANICUM virgatum Shenandoah #5
PANICUM virgatum Squaw #5
PENNISETUM alop Cassian #5
PENNISETUM alop Hameln #1
PENNISETUM alop Hameln #2
PENNISETUM alop Hameln #5
PENNISETUM alop Piglet #1
PENNISETUM Karley Rose #1
SCHIZACHYRIUM scop Blaze #1
SCHIZACHYRIUM scop Blue Heaven #2
SCHIZACHYRIUM scop Carousel #1
SCHIZACHYRIUM scop Smoke Signal #1
SCHIZACHYRIUM scop The Blues #1
SCHIZACHYRIUM scop The Blues #2
SCHIZACHYRIUM scop Twilight Zone #1
SCHIZACHYRIUM Standing Ovation #1
SORGHASTRUM nutans Indian Steel #5
SPOROBOLUS heterolepis #1
SPOROBOLUS heterolepis Tara #1

 

Emerald Creeper Norway Spruce Picea abies Wells Emerald Prostrate

Emerald Creeper Norway Spruce –Picea abies ‘Wells Emerald Prostrate’ makes an excellent addition to the coniferous garden! Eventually getting about a height of 2′ & width of 6′ it will make a beautiful & interesting ground cover that will do well in part-shade and also add interest around a dry creek bed or possibly even a evergreen border instead of grass…We have lots at Oregon Pride Nurseries ask me where to find them in Colorado & Utah.IMG_7453 (2)

Dormant Status of Shrubs at Oregon Pride Nursery

Here is what is happening in McMinnville, Oregon 2018 at Oregon Pride Nurseries! The plants are starting to push & leaf out. Pictured below are Spirea Magic Carpet/ Barberry Admiration/ Lilac Miss Kim/ Lilac Dwf Korean/ Barberry Concord and there current state as of February 6, 2018.

Freight 2018

Freight 2018
2018 Freight year could be our most challenging yet! The government has implemented Electronic Logging Device (ELD) out for any freight on trucks, this includes ANYTHING that will be shipped via semi. Freight rates will be impacted and we need to keep these trucks on the road. This includes getting all trucks loaded & unloaded in a timely manner at any nursery and/or garden center. Our minimum order could possibly be effected because having more drops on a truck will make it hard for drivers to work within the time allocated. Drive times, shutdowns, no-touch loads will all create issues of their own. Unfortunately there is NO way around these regulations.
How does this affect us in Colorado?
Normally we were able to accommodate 2-3 trucks or more a week during the spring busy season. I have heard that these long distance loads have already gone up significantly because of less drivers on the road, increased fuel costs and weather related relief efforts in other parts of the country. We may need to ask you to be more accommodating by being more flexible, racking more plants, expand unloading hours to assist in the efforts of getting plants to you, our customers. I will work on every effort to get you your plants in a timely fashion with as minimal additional freight expenses as possible.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions, comments or concerns.
Thanks so much for your continued support!
Michelle Cadena
303-301-5444

Please let me know if you have any additional questions, comments or concerns.

 

 

World Bee Day

World Bee Day

The United Nations has designated May 20 as World Bee Day. And it’s great timing for garden centers to take advantage of promoting pollinator habitats.

Celebrate World Bee Day, it will be the Buzz of the town! Bee creative 🙂

Are you going to host a Bee event? Please post any pictures or stories that you have about bees.

Mark your calendar & Plant Something to help support bees in our environment. To help keep your bees buzzing include shrubs like Blue Mist Spirea (Caryopteris ssp.), Russian Sage (Perovskia ssp.) and Butterfly bush (Buddelia ssp.) in your landscape.

For more information on bees or how to keep them visit: wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee or Colorado Beekeepers

 

Why Sunshine Horticulture CO?

Here at Sunshine Horticulture CO, I want to show you plants and gardens that are new and different. Horticulturist and gardeners alike will be able to see gardens and landscapes both natural and man-made from all over the country and world.

Also to get you to think a bit differently about horticulture and gardening – there is a whole wide world out there I am ready to bring it to you!