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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Sep 14, 2018 12:32 PM CST

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20% off all in-stock roses shipping this fall.

http://www.highcountryroses.co...

I bought four roses from High Country Roses last year and I'm very happy with them.
Northern MO (Zone 6a)
ac91z6
Sep 14, 2018 4:35 PM CST
They say "shipping at any time"... Think that means I could order for next spring?
Name: Shyam
San Francisco, CA (Zone 10b)
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Rose_Guy1127
Sep 14, 2018 8:07 PM CST
@Zuzu: Too bad they are out of stock of the following roses on my wishlist,
1. Queen Nefertiti
2. Quietness
3. Frida Kahlo
4. Rosie the Riveter
5. Violet's Pride (Downton Abbey)
6. Vavavoom
7. Country dancer
8. Cupcake.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Sep 14, 2018 9:23 PM CST

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The e-mail they sent me specifically said the sale was on roses shipping this fall, ac91z6, so I got the idea that they wanted to clear them out to make space for next season's roses or to avoid having to move them into larger containers. They may be growing too big for the bands.

Too bad, indeed, Shyam. Great list. Better luck next year. Smiling
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Sep 14, 2018 9:36 PM CST

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Shyam, have you considered getting Tamora instead of Queen Nefertiti? It's very pretty and it has always grown better in my garden than Queen Nefertiti.

Rose (Rosa 'Tamora')

Playboy's still available. I remember you saying that you wanted it. Did you order it from somewhere else?

Easy on the Eyes and Hula Hoop are small floribundas that will grow well in containers and both of them are still available. Betty Boop's a little larger, but it's a great rose.
Name: Carly Rush
Oceanside, California. Sunset (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Sep 22, 2018 12:06 PM CST
Just FYI I ordered a couple roses from them about a month or so ago, and they're extremely healthy. I would order from them again. Smiling
Name: Shyam
San Francisco, CA (Zone 10b)
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Rose_Guy1127
Sep 23, 2018 11:34 PM CST
@zuzu: Sorry, I have been off here for the past few days. It was a busy week at my end.

I love Tamora! It does have a better coloring than Queen Nefertiti! Thanks for the recommendation! I was planning on getting Playboy but then I decided against it. I see that Tamora is now out of stock at High Country. I guess I will have to order it from David Austin.

I did order a couple of roses---Anna's Promise (Downton Abbey collection) and Love Song---from High Country and had it delivered a couple of weeks ago. I was a bit disappointed by the rose plant condition, and the way the roses were packed and shipped. Anna's Promise canes were bent and broken. I tapped it, and the canes seem to have recovered now. When compared to David Austin, Heirloom Roses, Northland Rosarium, and A Reverence for Roses, High Country Rose could do better in securely packaging the roses.

Update: Tamora is out of stock at David Austin as well. Oh well.
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Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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nippstress
Sep 25, 2018 2:46 PM CST
I ordered about 30 roses this fall for shipment in the spring from High Country Roses and that's totally fine for this sale. Matt sent a confirmation and I can confirm for Ac91z6 that spring delivery is just fine to wait till 2019.

Also, to give a plug for HCR (among the many other wonderful rose vendors) he is really responsive to customer feedback. A year or so ago, I'd dropped him a casual remark among some other communications that the Reine des Violettes I had gotten from him many years ago was the Not Reine des Violettes that's circulating - i.e. thorny and a once bloomer instead of a thornless repeating rose. I didn't hear anything back from him at the time and figured it was just a FYI on his part. This year, along with my order confirmation he sends a casual note to me that he's gotten new stock of his RdV and he's checking to make sure that this is the right rose now.

So this shows a couple of wonderful things that you only get from a small company that puts the roses and customers first - he remembered and paid attention to this feedback, he actually DID something to fix the situation, he remembered who had raised the question, and he independently got ahold of me to let me know he'd acted on this feedback. Plenty of bigger organizations with a corporate mentality that happen to sell roses do not make these kinds of sensible and customer-friendly responses. That alone would get me to give HCR my business, along with many other rose vendors that have similar commitment to the products they sell. Beyond that, Matt sells a high percentage of roses that will survive in my zone 5 climate, and he has some unique Canadian and once-blooming roses that no one else sells too.

Shyam, I'm sure he'd benefit from a gentle reminder that his packaging could be improved upon and suggestions for modifications. I've been hearing from vendors all over the country how hard it is to balance economical shipping costs (and the labor involved in packing them) with quality packaging and everyone has their own system. Heirloom passes on the cost of their exquisite packaging in insanely high rose costs, and David Austin usually sends bare roots where the packaging isn't an issue. I think the model of Northland might be more feasible as an example for HCR. Burlington has by far the most economical high quality mailing system and cheapest shipping costs, using bulk rate Priority Mail boxes and packing the roses tightly in them, but you have to have uniform pot sizes for this. I can attest that the more roses you buy the better they tend to be packaged, since in my boxes there's rarely enough room to move. Not that I'm enabling you at ALL to buy more roses, but if you can use that excuse in your budget feel free to blame me Thumbs up

Cynthia
Name: Shyam
San Francisco, CA (Zone 10b)
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Rose_Guy1127
Sep 25, 2018 11:02 PM CST
@nippstress:
Hi Cynthia,
I will shoot him a friendly feedback email indicating a room for improvement when it comes to packaging. I always believe in second chances, on that note I already made a list of roses I will be ordering again from HCR next year. To me, quality outweighs cost as I don't mind paying a little extra in regards to shipment as long as the roses are securely packed (i.e.) Heirloom Roses.
I heard great things about Burlington, and I called to place a request for a mailorder catalog. Burling was genuinely friendly over the phone and showed interest in my on-going rose garden project. I am looking forward to ordering roses from her.
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Name: Mindy
Michigan (Zone 6b)
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HummingbirdRose
Sep 29, 2018 12:22 PM CST
Rose_Guy1127 said:@Zuzu: Too bad they are out of stock of the following roses on my wishlist,
1. Queen Nefertiti
2. Quietness
3. Frida Kahlo
4. Rosie the Riveter
5. Violet's Pride (Downton Abbey)
6. Vavavoom
7. Country dancer
8. Cupcake.


I happen to know where you can get a Country Dancer, if you purchase band size roses. Since you are in CA, I assume you fall plant.
Name: Shyam
San Francisco, CA (Zone 10b)
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Rose_Guy1127
Sep 30, 2018 1:27 AM CST
@HummingbirdRose:

Thanks! I am holding off on purchasing it at the moment. Call me crazy but I rank the roses on my "to-buy" list, and Country Dancer is one among the bottom five. I found Violet's Pride on Chamblee nursery, which I ordered. Thanks to Zuzu, I replaced Queen Nefertiti with Tamora that is unfortunately out of stock at David Austin and other nurseries. As of now, Frida Kahlo tops my list.
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