Monday, December 29, 2008

The Sun is Back

I am happy to report the sun is out today, nice rays on the Agave 'Baja' in the garden! Maybe we will have to water soon. The last time we watered was 12-19-08! Great day to leave a little early for a nice bike ride. A great day for a little quote as well. This is especially great to look at in these hard economic times.

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Postcards/Calendars have been sent out!

So I decided this is the year for everybody to have a Magnolia Gardens Nursery growers' calendar. It will be in the January issue of American Nurseryman, we will had out jumbo sized versions (12"x 18") at the MANTS and GSHE shows and just today I send out a postcard version. Yes we love growers' calendars here!!

The software we use here is Adobe. I love Indesign!! It is the best thing ever made! Well pretty close. It is amazing what you can do by just playing around with things, I taught myself to use this program. At first it seemed confusing but it is great now. My next task is to train myself on Filemaker Pro, I am ready to get rid of 10 plus spreadsheets and merge them to one database, oh yes!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Blast Off!

Found this in our stage 1 plants today. It is a Variegated Agave that looks like it is ready to escape the confines of the test tube. I am not sure why since it is drizzly and miserable outside. I'd like to be in a test tube today!

Monday, December 15, 2008

This is Just Growin'

This is my first post in the liner grower's blog for Magnolia Gardens Nursery. A little about Magnolia Gardens Nursery. We are a medium sized grower with 3 locations and 2 divisions. The one I will post about is the liner division in Magnolia, TX. The other locations are in Waller, TX and Plantersville, TX. The property here is about 20 acres, we (liner division) take up about 10 acres while the container division grows limited shrubs and trees on the remaining acreage. The Waller location is the largest, about 100 acres. At peak season the company employs about 150 people, in this division we run about 40 employees year round. We have a tissue culture lab in this division and we specialize in Nandina domestica plants. We also grow Agapanthus, Ginger, Ornamental Grasses and other perennials. From our lab we produce about 5 million plants per year and about 500,000 plants from seed or division. I hope you enjoy the blog!

April Herring, Production Manager of Tissue Culture