Saturday, October 14, 2017

That Was It

   The Kickstarter campaign was my last ditch effort to fulfill my life long dream of a small plant nursery growing fuchsias and a few other favorite plants.  If it had been successful, even with the tragic turn of events for Michael Breneman, I would have been able to finally focus my time on making cuttings and caring for them at a crucial time of year when it is still possible to make and grow cuttings without the support of a heated greenhouse.

   But do to the fact that Gustavo Beyer of Alladin Nursery and Gift Shop's decision to disregard the verbal agreements between Michael and I (we have been friends for over 35 years going all the way back to the Antonelli Begonia Gardens where we both worked for many years) and then shut me out of the nursery when I did the unthinkable.  I took an inventory of Michael's remaining plants after the retirement sale was supposed to have ended.  It will not be possible for me to continue to try and restart my plant nursery.

   I took an inventory for two reasons.  The primary reason being that Michael had told me that Gustavo was considering purchasing his remaining inventory after the sale ended on the 17th of September.  One of the reasons why Michael and I had not cemented our agreement was that until he knew how well the sale would go, he didn't know if he wanted to go with Gustavo's offer to purchase the remaining inventory.  Michael felt it would be too much money for Gustavo to have to pay all at once.  So Michael was thinking that I would instead get a percentage of his percentage as I took care of his plants and helped sell them as time went along.
   In order for Gustavo to have any idea of how much the remaining inventory was worth, it had to be counted.  In in order for the count to be fair, I first took the time to go through the entire greenhouse, cleaning it as I went and documenting this in Kickstarter updates to my campaign, and threw away all of the dead plants and emptied out all of the 2" and 4" pots which had no live plants in them.  In all, I emptied over 1200 2" bands and stacked them in their flats by the back wall.
   When Gustavo, Michael's life partner (who had a right to know the value of Michael's remaining inventory), and I had dinner after a meeting with Michael's doctors, I brought out the sheet with the tally of the inventory.  And I brought a sheet detailing all of the work I had done since the 15th of September.  I didn't even include the month of work I put in prior to Michael's original official retirement date.  Which tragically also turned out to be the day he had a massive heart attack.

   Gustavo was not at all happy that I had taken and inventory and he was especially upset that I would share this information with Michael's partner.  He declared that I was to get out of the greenhouse immediately and that he was only going to pay me $500 for my work.  But after I had removed all but the plants Michael had agreed to give me in return for his continued use of 100 square feet of the greenhouse for as long as he needed it, Gustavo declared that he wasn't going to pay me a dime and that I could not have any of my plants.  The last thing in the world he wanted in that greenhouse was someone who could count and keep records.

   Only Gustavo knows what has become of all the plants in Michael's extensive collection that he had packed into the 100 square foot area and the others he had intended to take home.  And only Gustavo knows what has become of Michael's entire inventory.  Because Michael has yet to receive payment for any of the sales made from the first of September and on to now.

   This was a financial blow I was not in a position to endure and therefore have been working several jobs since.  One full time.  Which means that there is not only no time to make cuttings, there is no time to care for them if I did.  I barely have time to keep the stock plants alive.

   That was it.  After six years of trying to recover from moving the nursery and having it freeze and then mowed down by deer, having to dig it all back up and build a deer proof enclosure, and meanwhile work many jobs, I give up.  It just makes me to sad to even water the fuchsias now.  And the jobs I have do not make anywhere near what I need to be making.

   When I started the Kickstarter campaign, I was so full of hope!  I didn't ask anyone I knew to make a pledge, I just asked them to please share the links, leave a comment, read the updates, etc.  Because Kickstarter watches the traffic a campaign is getting, very closely.  They even count how many times the video is watched and how many times it is watched to the end.
   Campaigns that capture a lot of interest, are almost always chosen as one of their "Projects We Love."  And if a campaign is tagged as a Project We Love, it is almost always a guaranteed success.  Some of them obtain ten times the amount of funding requested.
   But only a couple people could be bothered to share, some shared the wrong page, and only one person could be bothered to leave a comment.
   So it failed.  Thanks, thanks so much.
   Yes, I am a bit angry about it all.  The jobs I have are not sit down jobs, they are not good jobs.  They are what I could find on short notice.  Time has run out.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Michael Breneman of Michael's Fuchsias Galore and Exotic Begonias

There has been a tragic turn of events for Michael Breneman and I have posted an update regarding Michael on the Kickstarter campaign, which can be read by using this link, I hope you don't mind using a link instead of having me repost it all here, thank-you.  Last Kickstarter Update

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Have You Even Heard Of A Favicon?

You know how when you go to a lot of websites, especially for well known services or businesses, next to their web address, there is a tiny little logo?  For example, Blogger has a B with an orange background.  And when you save that website to your bookmarks, that same tiny logo shows up next to their web address.

Well, I was wondering how they did that!  And as you might imagine, since I didn't know what that was called, it was not simple to just google it.

But I eventually not only found out what they are called, but how to add one to the website.

Now I need to decide what that tiny logo should  be!  I would like a fuchsia flower with enough color definition to show up as a fuchsia.  And I'd rather use one of my photos than use an drawing.  So I have come up with four possibilities and I am wondering which one you would choose if you could.  If you would like to help me decide, you can leave me a message on the facebook page for PedricksCorner here:

Here are the four I am considering so far.  The finished image can only be 32x32 pixels, so I have already made these pretty small and they are going to be even smaller.

I am kind of partial to the first one, which is 'Party Frock' because it is the fuchsia on my websites banner.  But the third one, 'Duchess of Albany' has very nice contrast that will show up in an itty bitty favicon.  What do you think?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hey, Did You Know?

   Did you know that if you visit my Kickstarter campaign, that you can not only read all about what I am trying to do, you can read the updates I post along with photographs?
   I even posted a short video of a hummingbird visiting my Fuchsia boliviana!
   Without funds from a Kickstarter campaign, I am not going to be able to do this.

   And did you know that you don't have to fulfill your pledge until the 30 days are up on October the 6th?  If I don't get all $15,000 in pledges (I have a budget listed there to detail what I need) then NO ONE has to fulfill any of their pledges.

  Please!  Even if you cannot even pledge $5 or $10 yourself, can you help me by spreading the word?
  Here is a link to the Kickstarter campaign:  Kickstarter Pedricks Corner Project

  And here are two little California Arboreal Salamanders who shall be encouraged to stay because they will eat snail and slug eggs!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Working On The Greenhouse

     Although I have begun making cuttings here, I can't begin making cuttings at the new location until I get it cleaned up a bit.  Michael had a great deal of inventory and I needed to wait while enough of it sold so he could begin making room for me in the greenhouse.
     And as you can see, first I need to clean!

   So I got a shovel and a metal rake and got to work!

     This is one of four areas I was able to clean up!
     The next photo is to show you why I need tables, this is not the conditions I would want to grow cuttings in, or sow seed, and especially not fern spore.  Opps!  Did I say fern spore??  Yes, that was what I grew when I first got into horticulture.  I had an acre of fern greenhouses and I would like start a few native varieties.  But to do ferns, you need a clean area because everything else, such as moss and algae, grows faster than fern spore do!

     I moved a lot of boards outside today!
     And then I brought in two shelves I got out of storage and was thrilled to see that my trays fit into them with room to spare.  Imagine these full of new cuttings and then these shelves wrapped in a breathable cloth while they root.  

     Now I am thinking that I need to buy about twenty of these shelves and reduce the number of wooden tables to build.
     What do you think?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Kickstarter Campaign - Let Me Know What You Think!

Tonight I launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the restart of the nursery and to purchase Michaels inventory before all of his varieties are gone.  Even if you are not interested in a purchase yourself, I am sincerely hoping you will share so other people will see it.

Kickstarter is sort of like GoFundMe, but you get something in return for your contribution, I've added 6 rewards for people to choose from.

And I really would like to know what you think!  Please use the link and see what you think of it all.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Loading Up The Website With Photos

It has been a very hot few days here!  The internet has been down often or very slow.  But my heart goes out to Texas and all they have been enduring.  I was born in mid Texas and would love to see it again someday.

Meanwhile, I have been adding photos tonight to the upright fuchsia pages in the D-K section.  I don't have photos for each one yet, but I have most of them.  Here are two of my favorites!

Doctor Mahoney is a huge upright that towers above me with his big dark reddish purple leaves and long dark orange tubular flowers.  This was one of the first uprights I put into the ground here when I first moved the nursery here.  I was so excited because I knew this could be a big one and I wanted to be able to show people how big he could get.  But I almost lost him.  I dug up what looked like nothing and coddled him for a year or two before he suddenly took off.  Now he is in a 15 gallon planter and is headed up into the oaks behind him.

And the other is Iced Champagne.  A beautiful bush with vigorous upright growth.  I would have been so sad if I had lost her.  I think I did lose Alaska, but at least I have her and Annabel!