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By Mcnaulty on May 25, 2022 7:38 AM, concerning GrowJoy:

i placed two orders for plants with this company the first order arrived with the plants i order. The second order i bought additional plants two of the plants were not sent in the order. I company gave me points on my account for one plant and the second plant they did nothing to provide a refund. the points they provide on my account required me to have to just buy more plants from this company. There are just better companies out there sell plants that do not act this way. I do not expect they will ever send me the plan I ordered and I suggest we buy plants from the companies that are doing this correctly

By scvirginia on May 17, 2022 3:02 PM, concerning Farmacie Isolde:

I just received seeds in the mail so can't speak to germination, but their selection of herbs, edibles and ornamentals is really cool, and they don't skimp on number of seeds per packet.

Also, they sent a couple of bonus seed packets...on purpose, I hope!

By pod on May 2, 2022 10:25 AM, concerning Heritage Seed Market:

This seed company has an interesting variety of heirloom and OP seeds. Primarily tomato and pepper seeds. In the selection of tomatoes, there is a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and suitable growing zones. They should have something to appeal to all tomato growers. Although they currently are backlogged, I found the order to be shipped in a timely manner.

By janinilulu on Apr 15, 2022 3:22 PM, concerning Farmacie Isolde:

They offer an interesting selection of seeds in generous packets. Germination was very good. Will order again.

By Kevalsha on Mar 6, 2022 5:11 AM, concerning Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.:

I always buy my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. Over the years they have improved immensely and their seeds are fresh and sprout fast. I especially recommend the marigold seeds and the calendula. We grow and harvest these seeds and many others. I am growing now the kohlrabi purple in my farm Daddy containers and they are doing excellent. We also grow most of the nasturtiums they sell. These nasturtium seeds have done very well in partial shade in our garden and have reseeded having many more plants.
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By AZHighDesertGardener on Feb 24, 2022 3:23 PM, concerning Victory Seeds:

Recently received my first order from Victory Seeds; the seeds arrived promptly, and I was impressed by the great communication on the status of my order and tracking. Too early to plant yet, but the seeds look great.

By jathton on Feb 24, 2022 12:56 AM, concerning ANNUALS FOR CONNOISSEURS:

Once the growing season starts in my garden I get so wrapped up in bulbs and hellebores and emerging ferns and swelling buds on potted peonies that I give scant attention to annuals and the contribution they can make to a garden. So a couple of years ago I ran across this book and decided to broaden my horizons.
I like this book because Mr. Winterrowd spent half of the book introducing
not-commonly-known or used plants... and then he spends half the book teaching the techniques needed to succeed with these plants. Not your usual "annuals for your garden" book... thank goodness.
He'll introduce you to Prickly Poppy [Argemone], the different species of Moonflowers [Datura], the strange beauty oof Sea Holly [Eryngium] and the "unending sequence" of blooms on Lavatera.
A wealth of good info is available in this slim volume.

By carolegarrison on Feb 22, 2022 3:44 PM, concerning Victory Seeds:

I love this company and mainly use it for my seeds. I especially like them because they sell the dwarf project seeds. I started buying other items there. They are quick & notify me when my seeds have arrived. Pictured two of my dwarfs in straw bales.

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By Vals_Garden on Jan 29, 2022 9:22 AM, concerning Plant World Seeds:

I have purchased from Plant World Seeds for many years and have always been very happy with both the excellent germination of the seeds and the very prompt shipping of my orders. I also love their "Buy 2 get the 3rd Free" offer. :-)

By adknative on Jan 26, 2022 7:35 AM, concerning Oakes Daylilies:

I have been buying daylilies from Oakes for at least five years. They ship at the correct time of year for my gardens (zone 3 - unlike another supplier, whose order showed up in March with 4-ft of snow on the gardens) and always well-packed. The daylilies are the largest fans from anywhere, including competing daylily nurseries (whom I will not name or embarrass here) as well as direct purchases I have made in person at various display gardens.

And their bonus plants are always recognizable, registered daylilies ... not seedling rejects from a breeding program. I would definitely recommend Oakes: you get what you pay for, and then some.

By blue23rose on Jan 24, 2022 3:27 PM, concerning Songbird Gardens:

Teresa and I traded some daylilies a few years ago. She is great to work with and the plants I received were very nice and healthy!

By plantladylin on Jan 22, 2022 12:30 PM, concerning Busy Bee Lawn and Garden Center:

Busy Bee Lawn and Garden Center carries a wide variety of healthy plants, assorted planters, garden tools and utensils, soil, fertilizer and fun garden decor, all at very reasonable prices.

Busy Bee has a great staff of knowledgeable and helpful employees and they offer informative monthly seminars, both in person and online, covering all types of plants and gardening. They also offer exclusive monthly coupons via e-mail for a percentage off on plants and garden decor. To receive the discounts, you can print out the coupons to take into the garden center, or give your phone number or email address at check out.

I highly recommend Busy Bee and give them an A+ in customer service; it's one of my favorite local garden centers.

By DeweyRooter on Jan 21, 2022 10:05 AM, concerning Arrasmith Farm:

I have ordered once from Harriet, and I couldn't have had a better experience. Her website is attractive and easy to search and use. She is excellent about communication, answering my emails right away in the most helpful way. She went out of her way to accommodate my requests, even digging and sending my order a little after what was the optimum time for her.

The order arrived quickly and was in excellent shape. The plants she sent were healthy and extremely generous. Several of them were actually big enough to divide. She included a bonus plant as well, one I had requested. I will order from Arrasmith Farm again!

By DeweyRooter on Jan 21, 2022 9:45 AM, concerning Sun Dragon Daylilies:

Brian Reeder hybridizes and sells daylilies. He specializes in developing rust-resistant cultivars for breeding as well as garden enjoyment. His website is a wealth of information about daylilies, and his notes about each cultivar he sells are extensive and oh, so helpful. He is excellent about email communication and will patiently answer any question you have about his daylilies.

I just ordered from him for the second time. I couldn't have been more pleased with my first order: the plants he sent were healthy and more than generous in size. He also sent one of his new introductions as a bonus. I strongly recommend Sun Dragon Daylilies!

By SteveD12 on Jan 19, 2022 2:05 PM, concerning Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.:

As a new gardener I only ordered a small amount of seeds from Baker Creek but they still threw in a free packet for me. With free shipping the overall cost was very reasonable! As I learn more and plant more I'll definitely be ordering from them again.

By SteveD12 on Jan 19, 2022 11:52 AM, concerning Victory Seeds:

I'm new to gardening and placed my order w/ Victory Seeds. I really liked their selection of seeds and extremely reasonable pricing. I left a comment on my order saying I was new and in my order I received a hand written note with the recommendation to learn as much as you can and to check out - it really meant a lot that they're taking the time to do small things like this. I'll definitely be back for more seeds as I learn more!

By jathton on Jan 12, 2022 8:10 PM, concerning SONGS OF THE GARDEN:

I found two books by Utamaro on a shelf of books at a local thrift store. The other book was titled "A Chorus of Birds."

I bought both for $2.50 each... took them home... researched the author... and only then, for no apparent reason, I opened this one up.

What I found was a book largely unlike any others I'd ever seen. Fifteen designs in each of the two books form double-page illustrations... each illustration depicts two species accompanied by two poems.

I chose two pages to illustrate the beauty of each illustration, the configuration of the book and the two poems on each double-page.
In this one, the two species with their accompanying poems are a butterfly and a dragonfly. The poem for the butterfly reads.........................
"I wish
I could become a butterfly,
For in my dream
I would lick the lips of the sweetheart
For whom I long."
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The second illustration contains a red dragonfly and a locust. The poem for the red dragonfly reads.........
"Burning with love
Enduring the pain in silence,
I have wasted away to a skeleton
Like a thin red dragonfly."
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I learned Utamaro [1753-1806] was one of the most highly regarded masters of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in Japan during the Edo Period [17th to 19th centuries]. He appears to have achieved a national reputation at a time when even the most popular Edo ukiyo-e artists were little known outside the city.

When I began studying garden design the ancient, classic gardens in Kyoto and Edo were my first love. Shortly after graduation I was given the opportunity to design a complex Japanese garden for a couple whose children were grown and for whom a backyard lawn was no longer necessary. It was a fascinating experience that lay a foundation for loving Japanese gardens and art ever since.

Utamaro lived approximately two hundred years after the golden age of garden design in Kyoto... which produced exquisite gardens such as Kinkaku-ji, Daisen-en, and my personal favorite... Ryoan-ji.

It was gratifying to realize his extraordinary woodblock prints kept these gardens alive in Japan during a period of incredible change.

Both of these books are in "like new" condition. Recently I became curious about their scarcity and plugged the titles into a search engine for rare and out-of-print books. Each book, in new condition, was listed at one hundred dollars and more. I guess that was a good day at the thrift shop.

There is just no thing quite as nice as a good book.

By gardengus on Oct 18, 2021 11:22 AM, concerning Tasha Tudor's Garden:

This book has graced my shelves for many years and is always a pleasure to reread.

By Galanthophile on Oct 16, 2021 9:20 AM, concerning Halls of Heddon:

One of the best family run nurseries in the North East of England. Celebrating 100 years of growing in 2021. Specialist growers of Dahlia and Chrysanthemum with many trial varieties grown each season.
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By oregonmarty on Oct 8, 2021 4:34 PM, concerning Caladium Bulbs 4 Less:

I have purchased Jack's Giant colocasia, caladiums, alocasia portora and portadora from Caladium Bulbs 4 Less. When I had a problem with some Jack's Giant corms (my fault), the owner, Bill, replaced them with even larger corms, and an extra one to boot! They are now huge, beautiful tropical plants. Caladium corms were much larger than expected, and bloomed wonderfully. The alocasia corms were so large----I had to laugh when I removed them from their box---maybe 10 lbs. apiece is not exaggerating, and they are growing well in this, their first year. Bill is such a genuinely helpful, generous gentleman, I can't recommend his company enough.

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