October 10, 2007

Better Late Than Never, I Suppose

In the Spring, I ordered perennials from Spring Hill Nursery (no link for them), and then spent a couple of frustrating months as half of everything they shipped to me showed up dead and dessicated.

They finally sent a note saying that planting season was over, and they'd send the rest of the order (which they still hadn't gotten right) in the fall.

I've written them off, the company is dead to me. Still, late last week two boxes showed up with my missing items. The asters are in great shape, the geranium appears to be good, but only five of the six primrose survived, and two of the five aren't looking so hot.

Fortunately, we're experiencing one heckuva warm stretch, so the plants are now in the ground and hopefully establishing their little green butts off. Liz wasn't thrilled because I had to transplant some really beautiful annuals to make room for these new arrivals. Annuals that I'd planted to fill in the gaps caused by Spring Hill's inability to actually stock items offered in their catalog, or if shipped, have them survive the process (I never did get living lavender after three tries).

On the plus side, I got to play in the dirt.

Posted by Ted at October 10, 2007 05:12 AM | TrackBack
Category: Square Pegs

The tree I planted last January is doing well, my tomato plants continue to explode in new growth, the half-eaten-by-animals remnants were buried and sprouted 6 new plants, the zinnias flourished and then fizzled, replaced on Saturday with 4 large mum plants.

This year's planting has surprised me; I didn't kill anything and all flourished.

More importantly, my gardening efforts helped me tune out from everything else.

Posted by: Cindy at October 10, 2007 07:18 AM

Check out (if you haven't before), the "garden watchdog" area of davesgarden.com, under products, where gardeners from all over rate and review just about any online nursery or garden supply joint you can think of, including the one you used.

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