Smaller Salix (Pussy Willow) is a welcome addition to any garden or patio. The branches can reach upwards, but can also hang down low. First soft, silver-white catkins emerge (which is the Salix’s version for flowering), later the green leaves appear, and in winter the stems are an attractive ochre colour. The garden Salix is the mini version of the large pollard and weeping willows that grace parks, riverbanks and roads. These willow bushes are usually grafted onto a tall trunk, so that they offer the opportunity to create attractive combinations with colourful underplanting. Hence Salix combined with Primula, violas or narcissi for example can quickly become a cheerful spring feature in the garden or patio.
Winter bloomers offer scent and colour
Winter bloomers are ideal plants for bringing the spring indoors when everything outside is still grim and bare. Colourful primula (Primula obconia), cheerful ragwort (Senecio) and white jasmine (Jasminium) provide scent and colour in the home in many shapes and sizes. They’re easy to look after, and have been specially grown to be able to go outdoors as well when the temperature rises above 10°C.
Primula offers cheerful flowers in pink, white, purple, lilac and blue which brighten your home when it’s still bleak outside. There are increasing numbers of bicoloured varieties.
Ragwort has green leaves which are a downy grey on the underside. The combination of green with ash grey sets off the fabulous flowers in white, blue, lilac, purple, pink, red and bicoloured beautifully.
Jasmine is a bush with dark green leaves and radiant star-shaped white flowers with a lovely fragrance. The long tendrils like to wrap, climb and meander.
Dracaena is a tall, voluminous houseplant or tree with one or more trunks, from which fabulous leaves grow in green, yellow and gold, sometimes with some pink or red. There are many types of leaf: small, delicate and pointy or large and soft. The choice of trunks is also varied: thick, thin, tall, branched and woven. In terms of size, it ranges from a houseplant to an indoor tree, all with a beautiful tropical look.
As a statement plant, Dracaena is easy to look after. The plant stores water in the trunk, and can cope if you forget to water it occasionally. The plant also helps keep the air indoors clean. According to the NASA Clean Air Study, Dracaena is one of the plants that helps improve the quality of the air in your home.
If you gave someone a tulip in the sixteenth century, you were giving them a fortune. In those days the flower was incredibly popular and a speculative trade in tulip bulbs developed. You could buy a whole canal house in Amsterdam for the price of one tulip bulb in those days. A nice bunch of tulips now costs just a couple of pounds, but the symbolism has gained in value. If you give someone tulips, you’re giving them a message. Hence red tulips mean passionate love, and with black tulips you’re saying: “I love you so much that I will sacrifice everything for you.” So you don’t give those to just anybody.
The tulip's shapes and colours
The ever-cheerful tulip comes in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green or with multicoloured petals, and the tulip’s shapes are also a feast for the eye. They're available with a single row, or double row of petals, whilst there are also eye-catching fringed and parrot tulips with serrated petals, and there’s the playful lily-flowered tulip. Peony tulips look like peonies, and French tulips are exceptionally tall (unlike the average French mademoiselle) and have very large flowers.
It’s like something out of a fairytale: when everything is still bare, the evergreen shrub Camellia japonica (also known as Japanese camellia) is already flowering abundantly. Neither cold nor snow will stop this winter bloomer. In the first four months of the year the plant sparkles with large rose-like flowers with a diameter of up to 12 cm. The combination with the large, shiny dark green leaves make it an appealing sight for everyone who wants greenery and colour on their patio, in the garden or on the balcony.
The DLG Group has entered into an agreement with the investment company Erhvervsinvest to sell 80% of its shares in its subsidiary GASA Group, a leading European distributor of flowers with activities in all European markets.
The sale of GASA Group is the latest in a series of divestments focused on the DLG Group’s activities in its three core business areas: Farm Supply, Vitamins & Minerals and Service & Energy.
DLG has owned the company since 2007, but following a successful turnaround of GASA Group, the DLG Group has been looking for a new owner to continue operating the company and exploiting GASA’s position on the European market.
“We have owned GASA Group since 2007. Together with employees and the management, we have successfully turned around GASA Group into the profitable, well-managed company it is today, which makes us very proud. At the same time, we have made no secret of the fact that we are not the right owners for the long term. This is why we’re pleased to have found the right buyer who will continue to develop and continue the company, with DLG holding a minority interest,” says Lars Sørensen, CFO of the DLG Group and chairman of the board of GASA Group.
Thomas Marstrand, managing partner and CEO of Erhvervsinvest, is pleased with the purchase of GASA Group.
“GASA has now become a good, well-managed company with strong value-creating products and solutions. The company holds an attractive position in the European market and we see considerable potential for continued growth through keener focus on sales. Together with DLG, the management and the employees, we are looking forward to contributing positively to the continued development of GASA Group,” says Thomas Marstrand, managing partner, Erhvervsinvest.
In connection with the sale, Niels Søren Rasmussen, CEO of GASA Group, transfers to a senior position with DLG where he was also employed earlier in his career.
“Niels Søren Rasmussen has done a brilliant job as CEO, and it explains why we’ve long wanted to put his skills to use in the DLG Group in connection with the divestment plans,” Lars Sørensen says.
The management of GASA Group will now be shared by Daniél Vesterlund and Claes Riber, both of whom were previously members of the GASA Group Executive Management.
In connection with the new ownership, H.C. Madsen, former managing director of Danske Spil, Coop and IKEA Danmark, will join the board as the new chairman. In addition, Lars Sørensen, CFO of the DLG Group, will continue on the board of GASA Group.
Lars Sørensen, CFO of the DLG Group, and chairman of the board of GASA Group: +45 6010 5009; email@example.com
Thomas Marstrand, Managing Partner, Erhvervsinvest: +45 7020 3295; +45 2165 9326; firstname.lastname@example.org
About the DLG Group
The DLG Group is one of the largest farm-supply companies in Europe and is owned by Danish farmers.
DLG generated turnover of DKK 49.0 billion in 2016 and, with 6,500 employees in 18 countries, it is Denmark’s 12th largest company in terms of turnover. DLG generates approximately 60% of its turnover in Germany.
Further details are available on www.dlg.dk.
Erhvervsinvest invests in small and medium-sized Danish companies in connection with generational change and transfer of ownership. The investment in GASA is the second investment of Erhvervsinvest IV. Examples of investors in Erhvervsinvest: Nykredit, Argentum, AP Pension, Danica Pension, Spar Nord Bank, Sparekassen Kronjylland, Fagbevægelsens Erhvervsinvestering and CW Obel.
Further details are available at www.erhvervsinvest.dk
About GASA Group
GASA Group is a leading distributor of potted plants and floral concepts in Europe – from plant seed to end product at the consumer. The company is active in all European markets and is represented by its own sales organisation in Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Hungary.
GASA was established through a merger of Denmark’s largest plant and flower export companies in 2004 and has been a subsidiary of DLG since 2009. GASA is headquartered in Odense and has approx. 430 employees in Europe, 270 of whom work in Denmark.
The GASA Group has 50% ownership of Container Centralen A/S, which is jointly owned with the Dutch industry association for flowers and plants, Veegeecee B.V. Container Centralen is the leading logistics operator for rolling reusable transport containers for the “green” sector in Europe and the US.
Further details are available at www.gasagroup.com
The transaction is contingent on the approval of the competition authorities.
Stylish and sensual Hippeastrum is available in many varieties and rich earthy colours. This houseplant’s big feature is its changing appearance. A stately hollow stem emerges from a bulb on which smooth buds develop. Those open into voluminous calyxes with velvety petals in white, salmon, red, pink or even green. The flowers can reach a diameter of 20 cm. This is very spectacular, particularly because you do not expect such a lavish display from such a sleek stem, especially not in the winter months.
Hippeastrum is a real winter bloomer with a classic December/January vibe. Place various sizes and different colours together, or show modern ways of using the plant. Kokedama, lying in a bowl, on a bulb stand or in a terrarium – it’s worth showing what else can be done with the plant apart from just having it flower in a pot.