My Hortico order came, and the shipping was one hundred thirty dollars. Ouch. There were a few substitutions and backorders, but everything seemed in good order. I could have saved close to three hundred dollars not including gas and tolls if I drove there to pick it up, due mostly to the shipping charges and the exchange rate.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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