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Thanksgiving Thoughts
November 23, 2008
Blog PictureHere's a partial list of things I'm grateful for this year:

1. Alive & Healthy. Pretty healthy anyway. I am FIGHTING this cold to keep it away! I don't know if echinacea is a placebo or really works but I am gulping it...

2. Peterkort Roses is continuing; we've been around since 1923 when Grandma and Grandpa Peterkort started it. With the craziness in the energy prices we were worried this year, how to keep going in the winter???

"That which thy fathers have bequeathed unto thee, earn it anew if thou wouldst possess it!" Goethe's words and how true they are!!!

3. All the great people we work with & do business with - thank you everyone for your business. You are the greatest - it's a pleasure to work with you. Keep telling us how to improve our business - we are listening!!!!

4. Living in Oregon - the most beautiful state in the Union. All of the elders came here seeking a better life - they discovered a lovely place.

5. We are always grateful for the bounty of nature - which as flower growers we depend on for our livelihood. Beautiful creations such as the cymbidium pictured above - Bethlehem Early Times - a "retro" orchid with the delicate form of the native wild cymbidiums of Asia.

There are more things that could be added to this list, but that's enough for today!!! Let's remember our blessings and try to overcome our problems!!!!

See you at the market -----Sandra

More News from Amsterdam
November 11, 2008
Blog PictureOne of the highlights of attending the Hortifair in Amsterdam is to visit the rose breeders' greenhouses to see new varieties.

This is my husband, my son and I pictured in the greenhouse of Interplant near Utrecht, where we travelled with George and Jim of California Pajarosa to view new roses.

We talked with Adri the head breeder and saw lots of new spray roses, which is their specialty.

We are hoping to have some room in our budget this year to do some more replanting in our greenhouses.

One breeder told us that each year they plant 40,000 seedlings. That crop is winnowed down the following year to 500 or 600 good selections. The year after that, they select 60 or 70 varieties for special attention. Finally after five years they may have 2 or 3 new varieties that are really good!

This tells you the role of patience in plant breeding - no instant results. Also there is a lot of testing to make sure that a new rose doesn't have bad traits such as susceptibility to disease, problems with coloration, etc.

If you want to see some more pictures from the 2008 Hortifair, please go to the Portland Flower Market website. The address: pdxflowermarket.com

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