Bluestone Perennials

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The Bluestone Perennials catalog came today. This company sells plants in three- and six-cell packs at lower prices. I cut my baby gardening teeth on Bluestone’s plants. They were common enough that I could be sure they were easy to grow, and affordable enough that I wasn’t afraid of killing them.

Way back in 1987 or 1988, when I first ordered from them, the plants always arrived in excellent shape. In later years I would rate them more like good to fair. None of them have ever arrived dead, like some from White Flower Farm once did, but sometimes they are a bit rootbound or wilted. Nothing that some TLC can’t fix. I would certainly not rule out ordering from them again, if they had what I wanted.

The thing is, most of my beds are pretty well filled now, so I’m only filling the occasional gap, not repopulating a border. As a result I’m usually only going after a single plant, not 3 or 6 of something. And as I learn more about plants and gardening, I must confess I lean more towards the latest and greatest than the tried and true. Not that I despise traditional, common, or old-fashioned plants–I’d just rather swap for them, and save my gardening dollars for the one-of-a-kind plant.

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.

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.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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