Okay, Lynda, tell us what

– Posted in: Seeds and Seed Starting, Wishlist

Okay, Lynda, tell us what some of your fave companies are, and what did they offer that tempted you so?

I have gotten very frustrated over the last several years over my seed-raising performance. Oh, I start them just fine, but when it comes time to plant . . . well, the spot where I want to plant them needs to be weeded first, the final paperwork for homeschooling must be completed, one of five children’s birthdays during that time period must be prepared for . . . The end result is, my seedlings don’t get planted out until the end of June, completely rootbound and leggy. This is not the way I want to run my garden! So I am trying very hard to cut back on my seed starting. I want to do less and do it better.

Having said that, I notice there are certain catalogs I put aside so they won’t get lost. Only one seed catalog has made the cut so far: Select Seeds. I really want some Petunia axillaris ‘Rainmaster’ for the containers around the front porch, where I like to plant flowers that are fragrant in the evening.

Then there are the plants I didn’t buy last year because I was in the hospital during ordering time. I really want to try some plants offered by Seneca Hill Perennials. Definitely Meehania cordata to plant between flagstones in the Secret Garden, probably the antique Iris ‘Mme. Chereau’ (there’s a great photo of it here)–it’s supposed to be fragrant, looks gorgeous and will certainly fit in with our century-old house, and maybe I’ll spring for Buddleia ‘Ellen’s Blue’. Even though technically it’s not hardy enough, I want to plant it right up against the house, and it should have a fighting chance. Lynda’s pretty much convinced me I should get some hellebores, and there’s quite a selection offered here.

Paradise Gardens is another nursery that regretfully did not get my order last year. I hope to remedy that. I want dianthus and primroses and the mountain bells and–I’d better stop there.

Finally, I think my golden-leaved cranberry bush (Viburnum opulus ‘Aureum’) died of drought this past summer. Roslyn Nursery is offering it, as well as a lot of other tempting plants, such as a tetraploid form of Iris virginica. I purchased my Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’ and an especially floriferous form of Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas ‘Spring Glow’) two years ago from them, and I’m very happy with both of them. Despite being located on Long Island, they have a pretty broad selection of hardy rhodos and azaleas, especially the super-hardy ones from Finland, such as Rhododendron ‘Hellikki’, which is evergreen and hardy to -29 degrees F.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

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