We have never had good luck growing ageratum, aka flossflower, until this year when we received a beautiful specimen with impeccable breeding that was destined for greatness in our container planting.
Wisconsin Federated Garden Club convention speaker David Zlesak had a few tiny seedlings of his latest
hybridization to give away to some lucky conventioneers. His creation, which he calls Rendezblue, may someday be available for sale at nurseries along with his other cultivars: First Editions® Little DevilTMninebark, American Nursery Landscape Association’s Garden Idol Award as the best new plant of the year; Oso HappyTMSmoothie rose; Oso HappyTMPetit Pink rose, Winner of the American Rose Society Award of Excellence for miniature roses 2012; Oso HappyTMCandy Oh! rose; 'Tuscan Sun' heliopsis; Monarch MedianoTMand Monarch GrandeTMseries of ageratum (featured in display gardens outside the horticulture building at the 2012 MN State Fair).
Mr. Zlesak gave thanks to the Garden club for helping him on his way to becoming an accomplished plant breeder and UW River Falls professor of horticulture by giving him a scholarship early on in his education. He also told the story of how he first became interested in plant breeding.
Clever garden club planners had obtained small specimens of Mr. Zlesak's OSO Happy Petit Pink rose to feature as the evening's table decoration and to give to each convention attendee. This summer's challenging weather has been hard on our own little OSO Happy, but she's hanging in there.
If she makes it to 2013 you will be informed via a victory blogpost.
L'il Abner must have used these to keep his one suspender up.
Caving to reader pressure Al Capp finally gave in and let L'il Abner Yokum and the woman who had pursued him for 18 long years get hitched.
Because of the huge popularity of the the comic strip that ran for 43 years it was probably not a coincidence that the image chosen by the TipTop company closely resembled Dogpatch's most eligible bachelor.
We found no evidence that the company is still in business so perhaps taking a wife really is the most reliable way to keep from losing one's buttons. We acknowledge however that some would say otherwise.