I wish people would not feel obligated to give bonus seeds or fans when they really don't want to. Several sellers like Rich, Todd, Codster and others give wonderful bonus seeds... Gramps... wonderful bonus fans... Rich (CTDaylily) wonderful bonus fans... others as well... they consider what you buy and they give a gift that they feel you will appreciate. I love those sellers. Others, give you extra seeds of the same crosses (JustSue).. and too many fan sellers to mention... I love all of those sellers as well!
However, quite a number give you bonus seeds or fans of the most common run of the mill daylilies when you are clearly buying with a purpose in mind... toothy, sculpted cristate, poly, patterned... whatever. And for the love of all that is holy how do they manage to send the one color you hate?.
This past summer I purchased fans of maybe 50 different varieties... i was sent 15 bonus varieties (plus extra fans)... of those 15... 6 were thoughtful gifts and 9 were... gee whiz I have to send a bonus fan because all the better sellers do... what orange mundane daylily do I have on the heap can I wrap in a nice shiny bow? Haha... I mean how did those sellers know that I hate orange... 7 of the 9 were Orange! It can't be random... LOL Don't they realize that digging thru the pantry to re-gift items you never wanted, that nobody ever once put on a holiday list defeats the purpose of gifting in the first place? Bonuses are a marketing strategy... but one that fails miserably if the buyer is left with a cringe rather than a smile.
So... as I sort thru my seeds, making my list and checking it twice, carefully noting sellers as naughty or nice... i stare at seeds of unfortunate crosses... nothing you'd want just crap one oft tosses... As visions of orange petals dance in my head, i ask, do these seeds deserve to be dead? With i sigh i snap closed the bonus seed tin, before placing it back in my middle fridge bin!
Guess i'll give 'em a shot and maybe buy goat for the inevitable.
(Moderator edit to correct terminology)