In the last few weeks, I have given you bits and pieces of the 2015 Spring Trials Display from BallHorticulture. (If you missed them, please read The Little Whites, Can You Spot the Sunshine? and The Cyclamen and The French) Let me give you a little bit of background, starting with the origin of Spring Trials. Originally, all the plant breeders and growers would get together and line up their flats of plants back to back so that buyers could compare and choose which seed or starts to purchase. Of course, now, it looks like this:
Today, that simple meet-up has progressed to a California coast full of plant giants creating elaborate displays to showcase the newest genetic innovations coming to the market in the upcoming year. For a plant lover, it is an incredibly exciting event.
I was asked to visit the BallHort Spring Trials location, but there are many more up and down the coast from other plant companies. what you might not know (I didn't!) is that BallHort is an umbrella company that includes
My favorite...the Angelinas...
They look like tiny orchids, with smaller blooms, but so many more of them.
'Balarclipi' light pink.
including 'Balongcriss' - a pretty coral and 'Blush' -- my favorite:
I was so thrilled to be able to attend Spring Trials this year and see all the new "goodies". I am already dreaming about next year and I KNOW Ball Hort is already planning the new flowers and veggies that will be coming to market soon. Plants are in development for years, testing various climates and microclimates, predicting behaviors and building up stock. By the time is gets to Spring Trials, these plants have already been through the wringer. By the time they make it to market, they are the best of the best. I hope you have enjoyed this little peek into the process and will join me for new plant reveals in the future!