Perennials forum: Forest Farm

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Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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clintbrown
Aug 9, 2013 4:36 PM CST

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Do any of you ever order from Forest Farm? 4 years ago I ordered a Winterberry from them called 'Winter Gold.' I waited this long for berries and the stupid thing has red berries on it. Isn't it frustrating when you wait so long and people send you the wrong plant? I doubt they'll refund my money, but I will think twice about ordering this kind of item from them in the future.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 9, 2013 5:44 PM CST
I ordered many shrubs from FF but it has been many many years. Everything grew well and was the correct plant.
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Aug 9, 2013 7:49 PM CST

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Their shipping rates were high so I never tried them.
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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clintbrown
Aug 9, 2013 8:00 PM CST

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I'm trying to make a row of different colors of winterberries at the edge of my back yard. I like looking at them in the winter. I wish I could find them locally with berries already on them.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Aug 10, 2013 11:02 AM CST
Forest Farms is OK but nothing like SRG. I ordered a few years ago.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Aug 10, 2013 5:37 PM CST
I never did like the shipping rates, but I was willing to pay so I could get some specific colors of Cheyenne Spirit and when I put in the order it said, 'NOT SHIPPING TO YOUR ZONE'. Grumbling
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Aug 11, 2013 3:00 AM CST
I ordered from FF and was pleased with the plants.I also choose a vendor by the shipping costs.
No orders placed since '09.
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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clintbrown
Aug 11, 2013 6:28 AM CST

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Their shipping was ok back then. I hope they will do something since they screwed up my idea.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 11, 2013 6:51 AM CST
Is there a Plan B ?
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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clintbrown
Aug 11, 2013 7:01 AM CST

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I am trying another source. I found a yellow winterberry too. The one from Forest Farm is small enough to move still if necessary.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Aug 11, 2013 7:29 PM CST
I got a nice SPRITE winterberry from Niche Gardens. I would have ordered three or four from Forest Farm but the shipping would have been 50.00 and that defeats the purpose of ordering.
Susan

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Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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clintbrown
Aug 11, 2013 9:34 PM CST

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I love winter berries. This year they are going to be spectacular!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 12, 2013 2:40 AM CST
I just googled and saw how beautiful.
Are they all so big?
Berries always red?
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Aug 12, 2013 3:37 AM CST
Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' (Aquifoliaceae) is a dwarf winterberry with big red berries. Keep in mind if you decide to buy a winterberry, that they need a pollinator. I have one Jim Dandy and about 5 females, I think JD can pollinate up to 20 females. That is probably why they call him, 'Jim Dandy.' Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing


http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/shrubs/Ilex.html ( if you wait till these go on sale you can usually get them for 7.99)
Susan

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Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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clintbrown
Aug 12, 2013 5:22 AM CST

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There are orange winterberries on the side of the road here too. I think they all look good. LOL. Check out the new one called 'Berry Poppins.'
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 12, 2013 8:33 AM CST
Like Susan, I have Red Sprite and Jim Dandy. These are a favorite wintertime shrub. Those red berries against show are striking. Birds eat them for winter food.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Aug 12, 2013 3:51 PM CST
Rita is the one that educated me about winterberries and I do love helping the birds. Thumbs up (thanks Rita!)
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood

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