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countrycottagemm
Jul 12, 2017 5:00 PM CST
Hello there. First post :)

We just built a home in the country and have 20 acres to work with. I was going to go with a local landscaping design company to help me, but I am very displeased with the way they have handled a few things so far and I'm just in the beginning stages with them, so I think it is best to just go about this myself and learn as I go. I know what I want, and where I want most things anyway. Its the where do I purchase these flowers being my hurtle right now.

The first thing I would like to start with is climbing roses. I would like to purchase online, but the couple I have found have very negative reviews.

The couple other floral stores in my area do not have any climbing roses.

Where would one go to purchase climbing roses, cherry trees, quality fall bulbs, etc?

Thank you in advance.


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plantmanager
Jul 12, 2017 5:07 PM CST
Welcome! I know you'll love it here, and learn a lot. It will give you a lot more pleasure to create your new landscaping yourself, rather than paying big bucks for it. One good source to check is our Green Pages here on the site. You can find reviews of different nurseries that sell online. Also check the sponsors for NGA. All of them are very reputable companies that we all buy from.
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greene
Jul 12, 2017 5:20 PM CST
Using a landscape design company can be expensive and their vision may not be what you want. Better to work on the property slowly, one area at a time. The Green Pages are a good place to buy plants. Another idea is to make posts asking for plants and/or cuttings for postage. I have found most gardeners are willing to assist other gardeners to get started.

Also look for a local plant swap in your area. That is a great place to get perennials for free - well, okay, sometimes you have to bring cookies if you have no plants to trade. Rolling on the floor laughing
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eclayne
Jul 12, 2017 7:51 PM CST

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For both the climbing roses and the fall bulbs you can also try asking about vendors in our forums dedicated to those plants.
Bulbs forum
Roses forum
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plantladylin
Jul 12, 2017 8:03 PM CST
A few companies that carry Climbing Roses and recommendations from our members; clicking the links you can read member reviews as well as get to their websites.

Northland Rosarium .
Antique Rose Emporium
Chamblee's Rose Nursery
Wayside Gardens
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Jul 12, 2017 8:14 PM CST

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countrycottagemm
Jul 12, 2017 9:08 PM CST
Thank you! I'm so glad I found this forum. I will review the Green Pages.

plantmanager said: Welcome! I know you'll love it here, and learn a lot. It will give you a lot more pleasure to create your new landscaping yourself, rather than paying big bucks for it. One good source to check is our Green Pages here on the site. You can find reviews of different nurseries that sell online. Also check the sponsors for NGA. All of them are very reputable companies that we all buy from.
https://garden.org/greenpages/

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countrycottagemm
Jul 12, 2017 9:12 PM CST
Yes, I agree. We had a lengthy meeting and several red flags went up. Like when I said, I would like to see two long rows of peonies up each side of the lane, that turned into them saying "no no you want this or that". That happened a few times. My vision and what they want to do are two different things Smiling I'm going for country cottage and they are going for "lets up-charge this and add that".

greene said:Using a landscape design company can be expensive and their vision may not be what you want. Better to work on the property slowly, one area at a time. The Green Pages are a good place to buy plants. Another idea is to make posts asking for plants and/or cuttings for postage. I have found most gardeners are willing to assist other gardeners to get started.

Also look for a local plant swap in your area. That is a great place to get perennials for free - well, okay, sometimes you have to bring cookies if you have no plants to trade. Rolling on the floor laughing

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countrycottagemm
Jul 12, 2017 9:13 PM CST
Thanks! Will check out.

eclayne said:For both the climbing roses and the fall bulbs you can also try asking about vendors in our forums dedicated to those plants.
Bulbs forum
Roses forum


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countrycottagemm
Jul 12, 2017 9:14 PM CST
Thank you! I love the New Dawn roses and would love to see 4 of these wrapping up around each porch post.

plantladylin said:A few companies that carry Climbing Roses and recommendations from our members; clicking the links you can read member reviews as well as get to their websites.

Northland Rosarium .
Antique Rose Emporium
Chamblee's Rose Nursery
Wayside Gardens


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plantmanager
Jul 12, 2017 9:17 PM CST
You will be very happy to get exactly what your vision is. Love your profile pic. Is that your little cutie? If so, in a few years you could have a little garden helper. It's wonderful to introduce children to gardening very early. Let them grow their own plants.
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countrycottagemm
Jul 12, 2017 9:37 PM CST
Yes, she is my youngest of 4. I took that of her when she was just two weeks old and she just turned one today! We finally were able to build on our family land and our cattle farm is right next door. We homeschool and kids are usually done by noon. Most days they are off helping on the farm in some fashion and my middle daughter is very very eager to get this floral thing going! We should be focusing on finishing the inside of our home, but the weather is so nice we have been doing everything else.
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Purchased and planted 3 Honey Crisp apple trees the other day.
Planted 21 berry bushes that my middle daughter had to have. She desperately wanted a berry orchard, so that is what we started with. 7 blueberry, 7 blackberry, 7 raspberry, and 40 strawberry plants. I have a pretty good feeling that I didn't do enough research before planting the berry bushes and will likely need to be transplanting them late this fall or spring. I planted them in their perspective rows and 5 ft apart in each direction, but now reading that I shouldn't group the blackberries with the raspberries.

Well that was a little off topic Smiling but back to my title....so many questions...so little time :)

plantmanager said:You will be very happy to get exactly what your vision is. Love your profile pic. Is that your little cutie? If so, in a few years you could have a little garden helper. It's wonderful to introduce children to gardening very early. Let them grow their own plants.

Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Greenhouse Sempervivums Bromeliad
Adeniums Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tropicals Xeriscape Garden Art Plumerias
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plantmanager
Jul 12, 2017 10:08 PM CST
It sounds like you have a great family and a good life there. Enjoy them. Time flies and soon you have an empty nest.
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