Daylilies forum: My Lily Auction seller has passed away...

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Name: Terry
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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mystlw
Apr 17, 2020 5:30 PM CST
I received notification that Charles Plaisance (Redcajun) passed away on April 15th. I'm so sad that this has happened! But, of course, I also can't help wondering what happens next. I've already sent him a few hundred dollars for daylilies to be shipped this spring, and the Lily Auction doesn't seem to know how that will be dealt with.

I'm heartbroken for his family and friends, especially at this time of uncertainty. Does anyone know how this sort of thing is usually handled?
My "I'd-pawn-a-grandchild-for-a-single-fan" list: Absolutely Fantastic, Ambar Sun, Clown Pants, Feathered Serpent, Of Olden Days, Purple Leopard, Rethink Pink.
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Name: Tim
West Chicago, IL (Zone 5a)
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Lyshack
Apr 17, 2020 6:16 PM CST
How tragic! I never ordered from him because he was so far south, but I loved looking through his offerings. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing.

As for the business end, I think you can go to the Lily Auction site and send a message to Lily Auction Support. I hear the guy who runs it, can't remember the name -- Mike Longo???? --- is very fair. Maybe he can see if there's someone else in the operation taking over when all the family things slow down. If not, I'm not sure what else he can do to help you, but asking is a start.

Maybe there's a partner of someone and they'll get back to digging and sending plants when things slow down for them.

Are you sure they have your money? If you sent a check or credit card info, did they cash it? Probably not likely, but some sellers will hold off charging you until they are ready to ship, but I think that's more common when you are buying directly from a bigger operation. Just a thought

Good luck.

McLean, VA (Zone 6b)
daylilly99
Apr 17, 2020 6:24 PM CST
That's very sad. I know I've had dealings with him in the past. I think he bought plants from me on Lily Auction. I hope his last days were days happily spent in his daylily garden. Rest in Peace Charles.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Apr 17, 2020 7:18 PM CST
Terry, I am so sorry to hear that your seller passed away. I had dealings with Redcajun and he was a nice and honest man to work with. I hope and am sure that either his family or the LA Mike Longo will make good on your purchases.
Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Apr 17, 2020 7:38 PM CST
He was also a member in this forum, his alias was GrandkidsDaylilyFarm. I did not order from him this year due to having surgery but he sent nice plants in the past.

I am sure once his family gets over the shock during this already difficult time that they will make good on the purchase or send a refund.

May he Rest In Peace
Name: Celeste
central New Hampshire (Zone 4b)
Region: New Hampshire Daylilies Hybridizer Birds Cat Lover Butterflies
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celestialrose
Apr 17, 2020 7:39 PM CST
I am in total shock.....I just spoke with him on the evening of Monday April 13th via email....everything was fine. We had just done a daylily trade and we were actively corresponding. I barely planted the daylilies.... just got them planted the day before he passed. I was looking forward to his mentoring. He not only sold daylilies but hybridized and has many introductions. We shared a love of the green-throated dips and I had some very pleasant conversations with him. I had no inkling that anything was wrong. He seemed like a very kind man and was very cordial to me. If anyone knows any more about his passing feel free to tree-mail me. This is unexpected and sad.
I never met him but yet I feel heartbroken. The plants he shared with me will have extra special meaning.
I do think he has a helper and a grandson so maybe they will continue with his work? One of the plants I sent him was for his helper since he was going to hybridize miniatures. I hope you find a resolution, Terry.

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Name: Terry
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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mystlw
Apr 17, 2020 7:39 PM CST
Lyshack said:
As for the business end, I think you can go to the Lily Auction site and send a message to Lily Auction Support. I hear the guy who runs it, can't remember the name -- Mike Longo???? --- is very fair. Maybe he can see if there's someone else in the operation taking over when all the family things slow down. If not, I'm not sure what else he can do to help you, but asking is a start.


Mike Longo is the one that sent the email to me, he didn't know what would happen next.


Lyshack said:Are you sure they have your money? If you sent a check or credit card info, did they cash it? Probably not likely, but some sellers will hold off charging you until they are ready to ship, but I think that's more common when you are buying directly from a bigger operation. Just a thought.



I made payment by money orders. I'm at the point where I'm trying to hide how much I'm spending on daylilies, so he let me split up my payment into multiple money orders, which are a great way to cover up my spending.

Interestingly, I bought 2 fans of Mayor Of Munchkinland from him last summer, but he messaged me and told me not to pay him then. He said they were too small for his liking, and wanted to put it off until this spring, when they were better plants. He seemed like a good guy, and I enjoyed what communication I got to have with him.
My "I'd-pawn-a-grandchild-for-a-single-fan" list: Absolutely Fantastic, Ambar Sun, Clown Pants, Feathered Serpent, Of Olden Days, Purple Leopard, Rethink Pink.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Apr 17, 2020 11:37 PM CST
Terry, I do hope that you will get a good and satisfactory resolution. Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Having said that, I understand that it's a really difficult situation and you are uncertain of the outcome. I do feel for you! Please let us know how things work out.
Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
Region: Michigan Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Cat Lover Daylilies Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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RobinSeeds
Apr 18, 2020 12:04 AM CST
I'm saddened to hear this news also, I'm especially sad for those he left behind to grieve and miss him. I'm sad we lost a great community member. RIP Charlie.
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Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Apr 18, 2020 6:37 AM CST
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Charlie. I do recall seeing his handle on here, and seeing his LA seller name, but I did not know him. Like Robin, I am saddened for those left behind.
Terry, I hope all turns out well for you concerning your daylily purchase.
Bravery is not being unafraid. Bravery is being afraid and living life anyways.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Apr 18, 2020 7:11 AM CST
I didn't know Charles, but am sad to hear of his passing. My guess would be that there are others who have ordered from him on the LA and direct ordered. Once the family begins to pick up the pieces, they will try to make good on the order or refund the money.
Vickie
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Name: Marcia
Rochester, ny, zone 6 (Zone 6b)
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DaylilyDazzled
Apr 18, 2020 10:10 AM CST
I would think if he was organized someone in his family would finish his shipping for him. If disorganized they might not know what needs to be done. After a proper time you might contact and ask about your order if you have not received. I am hoping it is the former for your sake. Rip Charles
Name: Debra
Nashville, TN (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Cat Lover Butterflies Region: Tennessee Seed Starter
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shive1
Apr 18, 2020 11:48 AM CST
I would think his family would make good on his orders, if they can find the information. If I were you, I would send a copy of my wins showing payment and address it to The Family of Charles Plaisance. along with a condolence card.

I read on another site that Charles fell in the garden and hit his head on a stone. So he was doing what he loved when the fatal injury occurred. I bought from Redcajun many times on the Lily Auction and am sorry to hear of his passing.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Apr 18, 2020 1:11 PM CST
RIP Mr P.
Condolences to his family and friends.
It has crossed my mind in the pass about what if a situation like this happens. I hope that it work out ok for all involved Group hug
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Name: Joe Hawkins
Ontario , Canada (Zone 5b)
Region: Canadian Daylilies Pollen collector
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spiderjoe
Apr 18, 2020 4:57 PM CST
Look up Grandkids Daylily Farm there is a phone number and address on the site. Wait a week and give them a call
Joe Hawkins
Ontario , Canada
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Name: dana aka iris28
tristate area, ky z6b
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Irises
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dana
Apr 20, 2020 10:42 AM CST
I ordered from him every season and he was always so pleasant to deal with. I'm sad.
I didn't spent a whole lot this year so I can afford to be patient about my order but I am curious what's gonna happen.

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mikel
May 5, 2020 8:49 PM CST
Hello folks,
This is Mike Longo, owner of the Lily Auction. We are all shocked and saddened by Charles passing. Charles was a terrific seller and his customers loved him.

I removed his items on the Lily Auction and just the other day learned that there is a person that Charles had assigned to take over his garden and fulfill all orders. Charles had considered this possibility and gave someone the right to continue his nursery. His name is Willie Baker and now operates under the username Redcajun2 on the Lily Auction. Willie has promised to give the same quality service that Charles provided. If you have items that you won from Charles, you can access your closed items list and those items will be listed under the sellername Redcajun2. Go ahead and message Willie and don't hesitate to contact us at the Lily Auction (https://www.daylily.com/cgi-bi...) if you have any problems.

Kind regards and stay well,
Mike Longo
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Name: Pat Strong
Stone Mountain (Zone 8a)
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Pat236
May 5, 2020 9:43 PM CST
Mr. Baker reached out to me today regarding a reserved item.
Pat236
Name: dana aka iris28
tristate area, ky z6b
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Irises
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dana
May 13, 2020 7:05 PM CST
Has there been any update on if redcajun2 is the real deal?
Name: Terry
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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mystlw
May 14, 2020 1:22 PM CST
dana said:Has there been any update on if redcajun2 is the real deal?


Yes, I've spoken with him on the phone multiple times, and received my order yesterday. He inherited everything from Charles, and is even acknowledged in the obituary.

https://www.stephensfunerals.c...

I would have no problem ordering from him, and most likely will.

My "I'd-pawn-a-grandchild-for-a-single-fan" list: Absolutely Fantastic, Ambar Sun, Clown Pants, Feathered Serpent, Of Olden Days, Purple Leopard, Rethink Pink.

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