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.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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