While we were in New York last month, enough gardening catalogues arrived to give our Sapphire mail ladies a double hernia. Eight on seeds, four on roses, five on perennials, three on garden supplies, two on wild birds -- and they’re still coming.
It seems a new avalanche arrives every year about this time. That’s because I’m undoubtedly on a list somewhere labeled “Garden Sucker.” (Also as a member of the Garden Writers Association of America, I’m fair game for every gardening concern.)
at least thumb through every arrival before tossing them in the recycling bin.
Having written for the White Flower Farm catalogue and website for a number of
years, I know how much work goes into each endeavor.
|I'll be ordering more foxgloves, catmints and Centranthus ruber|
|Daylilies are growing on me|
I’ve had good luck ordering from Bluestone Perennials, Spring Hill Nursery, American Meadows, Southern Living Plants and Oakes Daylilies. If I ever receive a wilted plant or one that doesn’t grow as promised from any of these companies, a fresh replacement is sent immediately, no questions asked.
|Botanical Interests offers wonderful gardening tips|
For seeds, it’s hard to beat Renee’s Garden. I used to love her very attractive catalogue and the tantalizing recipes sprinkled throughout the pages. Like many companies, Renee Shepherd has moved to an online publication. Sign up for her free E-Newsletter and you’ll receive great garden ideas and yes, recipes!
I also like the selection of seeds at Botanical Interests, especially their collections such as Grandmother's Cut Flower Garden. They also offer expert gardening tips, yummy recipes and eye-catching seed packets.
|Fairy wand grows wild here but can be ordered from a specialty nursery|
When it comes to ordering roses by mail my advice is to definitely not believe everything you read. Several years ago I was hoodwinked more than once into ordering from a company that undoubtedly employs the world’s most persuasive copywriter.
|I plan to grow Wollerton Old Hall as a climber|
Since then I have several favorite rose sources I would recommend without reservation. David Austin English Roses never disappoint. And I’ve also received strong, healthy plants from Roses Unlimited, K and M Roses and Edmunds Roses.
|Baron Girod de l'Ain, a Hybrid Perpetual from 1897|
|This rose I spied at a gas station could be Midas Touch|
As far as roses, I am expecting Wollerton Old Hall, England’s Rose, Lady Salisbury, Mystic Beauty, Midas Touch and Whimsy to arrive in early April.
New perennials on the way include Centranthus ruber, Ilex Golden Verboom (male) and Nandina Lemon Hill.
|Peter Cottontail will be hopping into my rose border|
I’ll report the results in an upcoming posting. Although I can’t imagine there’s a great garden source I haven’t heard about, I’m happy to entertain the thought that one might exist.
In fact, perhaps some new goodies are waiting for me right now. I just saw the mail truck go by.