Happily it was an absolutely perfect day in Salinas and the flowers were at their best. One of the things that constantly amazes me is how the Sakata technical personnel are able to get all the flowers to bloom at the same time. I guess it helps to have a humongous greenhouse.
After a very nice lunch we had a chance to wander around the large display area and take a close look at the flowers. Sakata is particular proud of the SunPatiens variety they have developed - the first impatiens flower which can take full sun and high heat. In addition, I understand it absorbs five times as much carbon dioxide as any other similar bedding plant - no doubt a candidate for Federal stimulus funding!