Cottage Gardening forum: Hard lesson learned

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Apr 5, 2014 5:58 AM CST
I might have posted photos of the hypertufas I bought in Feb, on the Container forum.
It could go on this forum just because it was me breaking my hard and fast rule of " see it for real,then buy - or not "
I have started many containers with sempervivums and wanted to add a section to the back steps of the deck.
Thedy need to stay out all winter so I bought several rezin types and looked all over Google for some out-door hypertufas.
It wasnt easy to find what I wanted but got lucky and noticed a website of a woman who lives in this town.
I called her - after an hour of telling me how many local biggies she knows and she designs for the Rock Garden Society at the Philadelphia Flower show, we got to what I called about.
I asked the sizes and prices. She quoted me 12 inch wide by 5 inch deep.$50.00 for each of the three different ones. I didnt think that was too bad so I ordered.
Long story short : I dont care how eccentric and famous you are ,I feel I was short changed with these that have an inside measure of 9 inches.
I never buy anything without seeing it first so broke my rule and have to eat it with a promice to go to the local big garden center that carries her tufas and check prices.

According to her,these are a special formula she invented and the cement is guaranteed to be winter safe.

Its probably the last hypertufas I will invest in.




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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Apr 5, 2014 12:04 PM CST
That is too bad.
I try not to buy with out seeing also.
But sometimes it is easier to order on line or from a catalogue.
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DavidofDeLand
Apr 8, 2014 8:15 AM CST
And mine are so beautiful down here. its unfortunate they can't work for you up there.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Apr 8, 2014 9:00 AM CST
I went to the garden center where she sells her hypertufas.
They have similar ones in a bit larger size and less than what I paid for the three I ordered from her.
She is a scatterbrain and I knew it going in. I sware she said she would give me a deal but I dont think she did.
There were other tufas there not made by her.
I bought 2 small ones for $8.00 and $10.00. I will plant these and either give them to my daughters or put them with the arrangement on the back deck steps.

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 11, 2014 6:54 AM CST
We've all done similar Jo Ann. Don't beat yourself up too much.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Apr 11, 2014 7:15 AM CST
Its been a few weeks and the tufas are planted. I feel better.
Thanks everyone.

1tamideel
Oct 12, 2014 10:52 AM CST
There are also instructions on pinterest to make your own and they may be able to tell you how to winterize them.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 12, 2014 11:27 AM CST
Thanks Tamideel: I forgot about this thread.
I have stored the tufas for the winter in a corner of my deck.I started the thread because I was sure I paid a huge sum for the first three tufas. I doubt I will do that again.
The season went on with good development for the alpines and semps.
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AUGUST

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Here the tufas are for the winter.
This corner will fill with leaves and snow.

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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
May 28, 2015 2:24 PM CST
Smiling
...so the curious have to ask
How did they winter?
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 28, 2015 3:38 PM CST
Cinda, I lost Delosperma and all the sedums. Semps were down by 1/3 but the Alpines are blooming and looklike they might make it.

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