Tuesday, August 15, 2017

RETIREMENT SALE 30% OFF - Michael's Fuchsias Galore and Exotic Begonias

     The signs are up and the sale will begin this Saturday the 19th of August and go until his last day the 15th of September!  Michael will still be around though, I have promised him that he can continue to use a portion of the greenhouse and display grounds.  He has quite an impressive collection and it is going to take a while to move it all. Plus, he should be able to keep his toes in the water so to speak.
     Besides his begonias and fuchsias, Michael also grows a variety of Salvias, Brugmansias, Night Blooming Jasmine, and Bloodleaf aka Iresine herbstii.
     Where, you ask?  Please use the link to my website PedricksCorner and go to the pages I am making for Michael.  You will see a link to Alladins Nursery and Gift Store and it will take you to the page they have with a map!
      Using these links helps the search engines find us, so thank-you!

      Check out the website, I added new photos and more pinterest buttons today.

       Here are a couple of Michaels Salvias.  They are a drought tolerant plant that is very easy to grow.  The butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds love them too.  The first one is often called Mexican Sage and the last one is called Hot Lips.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pinterest Buttons As Fast As I Can!

Do you Pinterest?  I have for a while now.  Especially since so few people know that lavender wands exist, it was the best way to get the word out. So I search constantly for others who also make lavender wands and I promote them.
And every artist I add to ArtisansOfAmerica :  Artisans Of America  is also added to a Pinterest board I have called ArtisansOfAmerica.  At least once, usually twice.  When I first find them to add them to my list and then again when I finally post about them.
So!  My pinterest boards have been getting a healthy rate of traffic and I decided to start searching for fuchsias.
Well, there are not very many fuchsias listed on Pinterest yet.  Out of almost 15,000 named cultivars, it was hard to find very many and almost none of them have the names of the flower.
Time to change that!
But first I had to learn how to put Pinterest buttons onto my website.  I won't bore you with the details, but it was not as simple as a PayPal button because their instructions didn't jive with how my website is designed.  I figured it out though and TA DA, you can now help me (if you would like to) post named fuchsia varieties to Pinterest.
I haven't added a button for every one yet.  Girl has to make a living.  But I will be trying to do so as I continue to add varieties to the site.

Meanwhile, if you live anywhere near the central coast of California, please go see Michael at Alladins Nursery & Gift Shop and purchase all of Michael's Fuchsias Galore so he can retire in style and I can follow in his footsteps.

One of my main goals is going to be to try and find some of the varieties both he and I have managed to lose.  Such as the one he hybridized called Pinto De Blue.  Wouldn't it be an awesome retirement gift if I could give Michael his own fuchsia back!!??  Help!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Michael's Fuchsias Galore & Exotic Begonias

I just added Michael's complete inventory to three new web pages for him onto my main website:
Which I have been working on as fast as I can!
Here are Michael's new pages, and I sincerely hope you take a look.  His main page includes a link to the website of the location of his nursery inside Alladins Nursery & Gift Shop on Freedom Blvd in Santa Cruz County.
Michael's Fuchsias Galore

Michael will be retiring in mid September and it is my goal to help him sell his entire inventory!  As well as raise the funds to purchase as much of it myself as I can so I can continue in his foot steps in the same location.

How exciting is that!?  Of course I will be growing hanging basket fuchsias now besides the uprights I love so much.  But if I can buy at least one each of his inventory, then I should have almost 800 varieties available going into 2018.  Most of all though, I will finally have a location which is open to the public!

Today I am going to begin photographing his inventory and if you check the website on a regular basis, you will see the photos of all the varieties as I add them.  Including the begonias.

I confess that I have always wanted to collect and grow the cane begonias.  Many of which can grow much taller than I am and are stunning when they are in bloom.  Wouldn't you like to see those?

Well then, please help us both out and it will indeed happen.  Thank-you so much!!

Here is White Wonder, a vigorous upright fuchsia.  Looking forward to making my dream of showing people again, how big upright fuchsias can be.

Monday, July 24, 2017

New PayPal Button On The Site!

    Yes, finally, after years of working to get back to having fuchsias for sale and keeping the collection of uprights alive for this day, today I put the PayPal button for direct sales from the website back up for F. boliviana.
    How else am I ever going to afford to buy a new ice-cream machine so I can make fuchsia berry ice-cream!?  I have been cooking them into a yummy syrup for weeks now and putting it onto vanilla ice-cream and even pancakes.  But I have been wanting to make ice-cream with the berries since forever.

     I have also noticed that the berries of Fanfare are huge and a beautiful pink color, so I cannot wait to try them.  But first I need to harvest them for seed and grow them, as this vigorous upright fuchsia not only has beautiful long tubular flowers, it appears to be very mite resistant.  A winner in my book!

Here are my pancakes!

And here is Fanfare

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fuchsia boliviana seedlings New Ad ready to go!

I put them onto Etsy first and will be adding them to the website in the next few days.  I wanted to ad the videos of the hummingbirds visiting the flowers, but haven't had time yet to edit them.
Here is a link to the ad: Fuchsia boliviana

Because of the time of year, you will be purchasing at your own risk.  They might arrive damaged, depending on where you live.  But upright fuchsias are very hardy and ought to recover even if during the three days or less in transit means they sat on out in the heat somewhere.

Here is a photo of the babies!  Please visit the ad even if you don't plan on purchasing right now.  I have about 600 of them and another batch is up and will be ready by the cooler weather after the heat wave in the fall.  If you live in Zones 9-11, you'll be fine.  Or you can over winter them indoors in a window that gets full on sun.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

New Page - Lavender Sock Dolls

   Whew!  Three manuals on Dreamweaver CS3 and I have CS5 and it took hours to relearn how to add a page to my side menu.  Of course, the books assume you already know a great deal more than I do, ha, ha.  And Adobe is no longer supporting the software that my program uses for making the slide out menus, so I couldn't ask them for help.
   So a great deal of time was spent clicking on this to see what happens, and then clicking on that to see what happens.  And being careful NOT to save anything during this process.  In my desperate attempt to figure out where the +/- box on my "property manager" for my "spry asset" was.
   Anyway.  So I finally get the page made and inserted into the menu and uploaded to the server and I go to make my new PayPal buttons for my Lavender Filled SockDolls.  Everything is going fine, but every time I inserted the code, I got a "broken" link message.
   Are you bored to death yet?
   The long and short of it all is that I now know how to make new pages and add them.  Which I truly hope is going to be a necessary talent in the coming months and years as I rebuild my fuchsia nursery and add them back onto the site along with my ceramics and other arts.
   Here is the new page:  Lavender SockDolls

Thursday, June 1, 2017

They are back!

Kudos to PayPal for saving my buttons and making it so easy to make new ones!  The nerve wracking part was figuring out where exactly to insert their code into the code for my pages.  But I did and they work!
FREE SHIPPING on sets of 10 wands in all four sizes at 50% off of the per each price.
Please help me get this train back on track.  Even if you have no interest in lavender, you can help me get the word out there by visiting the site and clicking on links to my other sites and to my Etsy store.
This strengthens search engine connections and helps me show up in searches!

I would really love to add PayPal buttons for fuchsias again, and if that is going to happen, I need to sell some lavender.
One of the guys from the Shark Tank was on the Harry Connick Show advising entrepreneurs and he said the number one way to reach customers is via Social Media.  So if you are inclined to share, I would be most grateful!

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