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Southold NY is in Zone 7a??!!?? Are you in a micro climate? As for good deals, I ususally shop the local nursuries for perennials right after they bloom or late in the season, when the nurseries mark them down 50-75+%. My best and most beloved deal was a dwarf 3 gallon Japanese lilac I bought for $3.99 in August about 5 years ago (note that dwarf Japanese lilacs are 5 to 6 feet tall). The lilac is too beautiful and aromatic for words. I have neighbors who have changed their evening walk routes to come by my place every night in the spring just to smell my lilac, whose scent wafts two doors away. I have met so many neighbors who have stopped by while I am on my porch in the evenings to tell me how much they enjoy the lilac's scent. A beautiful, aromatic plant, plus meeting and chatting with neighbors most nights, all for $3.99 - now THATs a bargin!
Those are the kind of stories I like to hear.
I buy locally too after last years losses from really small plants that were expensive when you add postage, and co-ops that skrewed up.
Bluestones plants and Garden Crossings are reaaly great and I dont mind the cost when the plants thrive and the customer service is great.
My local nursery doen't carry much and right now outside of trees they are not selling anything. Plus they don't carry seeds or bulbs at all. For those I'm told I have to wait until WalMart or Lowes starts carrying them. So I've ordered out of catalogs where I get the biggest choices. Named varities not just a NOID.
I sae seeds in Home Depot a week ago.
Not much else tho.I guess I take this area for granted. We have a lot of nurseries here.
Mail order is the way for you to go and the 2 I mentioned are trustworthy.
Yes, Zinnia, we are zone 7 way out here at the end of Long Island. It's not the end of the world but you can see it from here!
Just to the west of us, also on Long Island, it's zone 6. Upstate is far different from our zones and our weather.
For those who shop online please remember to check for coupon codes before you order. I've saved hundreds by using the codes. Either it's free shipping, half off on an order of $50.00 or more, or something else that benefits our wallets.
pirl i grew up in orange county in the tristate area and it was z 6 maybe even 5 lol. i like to order because i can shop and think about what i need. at the nursury i just buy everything that catches my eye. which i love to do also.
Pirl, does Palin know you can see the end of the world from your end of the island? Oh Oh, I must be getting better, I am getting sarcastic. And I am a Republican. What a charming and sweet normal person new Senator Brown appears to be and he drives a truck. He actually drives himself. Wow, what a novelty. They will probably discover he is not human.
We will forgive you, forgive you, forgive you. Do you think I am getting better? Class Clown. Only when I am feeling good. This is a good thing but I am going to bed right now. DH is watching college basketball.
Although I do a lot of bargain shopping at our local nurseries and farm markets...I did order from Bluestone last year. I have to say, I could've never have gotten the number of plants I picked up from a local nursery for the same low price--I got tons of plants for something like $75.
The plants from Bluestone were very healthy. I did have to water them and set them outside a day or two before planting (as Bluestone recommends), and they perked right up from their travel and were ready to go into the ground. They're by no means huge plants, but for mail order I think they're pretty substantial. They're very well packed, too. And if you're concerned about the styrofoam packing peanuts Bluestone uses, they do have a recycling program--you can send the peanuts back to be reused.
I did have 3 ajuga that just didn't fare well the first time around. The weather had been fairly warm, and they apparently didn't tolerate shipping. All 3 died. I wrote to Bluestone, explained about the plants' demise, and they shipped new ones out almost immediately. The replacements are doing great.
So, if mail order is something you want to try, I don't think you can go wrong with Bluestone. :)