Thursday, February 14, 2008

Snowbound with Garden Catalogues - What's a girl to do?

Seeds from J.L. Hudson, Seedsman:
(Shipping= $1.50)
Arnica montana
Astragalus membranicus
Artemisia vulgaris
Ocimum sanctum
French Sorrel

Plants from Bluestone Perennials:
Free shipping because I recycled my packaging
20 percent off my order because I ordered early
(And I used my coupons that Bluestone packs with their plants.)

Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice' (shrub)
Kerria 'Honshu' (shrub)
Veronica 'Waterperry' (3)
Dianthus anurensis 'Siberian Blues' (3)
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Bath's Pink' (3) for extension herb garden
Achillea 'Terra Cotta' (3) for extension herb garden
a free surprise three pack
and backordered from last year with coupon:
Dianthus x allwoodii 'Old Spice' (3)
Fothergilla 'Major Mt. Airy' (shrub)

Both orders combined came in at a thrifty $56.00. I'll get some of that back when I plant the 6 plants in the extension garden. I feel pretty good about this, and I'm confident that although Bluestone perennials are small, they are true to name and they arrive healthy. All it takes is patience to increase their value.

I just talked to Norma, our club president, and we're going to ask (with permission from membership) a local herb nursery to be a plant vendor at our 2008 Genesee County Herb Society Herb Symposium in April.
That should make buying plants for the extension herb garden easy and support a good cause at the same time.


Kylee said...

I think you did very well! I order from Bluestone regularly too and got in on the 20% early discount as well as the coupons.
I just told someone else today that winter had better start ending soon because this plant buying therapy session is gonna kill my budget.

Jen said...

Do you like Bluestone's plants? I have a bed I'd like to plant out front this year and was considering ordering from them, although of course I forgot to figure out what I wanted before the 20% off coupon expired. Sigh.

Betsy said...

Hi Kylee and Jen, Thanks for stopping by!
I hear what you say about the winter taking it's good old time this year Kylee. Southern garden bloggers are posting photos of daffodils for cripes sake!
And Jen, it all depends on if you need a big show right away. Bluestone 3-pack plants are small - but take into account their health and the fact that they're perennials - plant them well and in two years you will have gallon sized plants.