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Apr 15, 2010

Welcome!
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Kermit Carter, who along with my wife Vikki manage to manage Flowers by the Sea.

Look to this Blog as a place for information and opinions (actually, lots of opinions) about a wide range of topics.  I anticipate that many of you may not agree with some of what I have to say.  I have been in and around the Nursery buisness for over 40 years now, so expect me to be a stiff debater.

And expect a wide range of topics.  Life is too short to be narrowly focused on just one family or genera of plants.  We grow a wide variety of at least the following -  with enthusiasm:

  • Salvias from all over the world
  • Cymbidiums
  • Clivia
  • Masdevallias
  • California native shade plants
  • Heuchera
  • South African bulbs
  • Restios
  • Windowed Haworthias
  • Echivarias
  • Gastarias
  • Hoyas
  • Australian Dendrobiums
  • Heuchera, Tiarella and Heucherella
  • Begonias
  • Hardy Sedums
  • Passiflora
  • Hebe
  • Odd, strange and unusual Grasses
  • Hostas
  • Helleborus
  • Acanthus
  • Primulas
and of course, more.

Stay tuned.  A great post on Salvias coming soon.

And let us know what you would like to see from us.

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