Panorama of the the Buffa10 visit to the Trial Gardens at the Erie Basin Marina in Buffalo, NY
I arrived in Buffalo on Wednesday, July 7. I wanted to take in some sights on Thursday before the Buffa10 schedule began. I found myself at the Erie Basin Marina Trial Gardens. Even though we would be visiting on Saturday, I was glad to have a prolonged visit on my own.
Shortly after I arrived at the Gardens Thursday, I met Stan Swisher, one of the nursery managers there. We spent a couple hours talking about the operation, visiting the different beds. Stan showed me countless specimens, and gave me the back-story on several of them. Here, Stan shares with me the details of a double-flowered Bacopa.
This is Echinacea 'Pow-Wow Wild Berry' from PanAm Seed. It's short and compact, an asset for smaller gardens, but there are several cultivars available today with similar habit. What's remarkable about it is that it grew to this flowering size from seed this season.
Another interesting breakthrough is X Calitunia, an intergeneric cross of of Calibrachoa and Petunia. Riding on the Buffa10 short bus with Joseph (Greensparrow Gardens), he explained that this was surprising because the two parent genera have different numbers of chromosomes.
The TrialsWhen we arrived on Saturday morning, we were given four red flags on long metal stems. These served as our votes, one for each grower represented in the Gardens. Not everyone got the memo about "one per grower," but we had fun walking around tagging our favorites.
Stan told me that "the public likes pretty flowers." The garden writers and bloggers of Buffa10 seemed to be no exception. Dahlia 'Mystic Illusion' was the top favorite of the Buffa10 crew. I think I may have voted for this, myself. She's a stunner.
Nevertheless, at least three of us tossed Juncus 'Blue Arrow' a vote. He's a handsome fellow in his own right. The three of us being rather contrarian bloggers and gardeners may also have influenced our choice in this regard.
The WinnersHere are the Buffa10 choices, based on votes.
- Ball Seed
- Delphinium 'Diamond Blue'
- Petunia 'Phantom'
- Angelonia 'Big Blue'
- Petunia 'Sun Ray'
- Portulaca 'Pazazz Tangerine'
- Darwin Perennials
- Achillea 'Little Susie'
- Achillea 'Red Velvet'
- Leucanthemum 'Sante'
- Proven Winners
- Calibrachoa 'Coralberry'
- Dahlia 'Mystic Illusion'
- Ipomoea 'Bronze'
- Solenostemon (Coleus) 'Spitfire'
- Bracteantha 'Yellow Strawburst'
- Pelargonium (Geranium) 'American Magenta Splash'
- Penstemon 'Phoenix Red'
DisclosureDuring my visit on Thursday, Stan bought me lunch - a hot dog and a ginger ale - and gave me a lift back to the hotel. This had no influence on the content of this post.
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