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IMCANADIAN
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3a)

September 20, 2010
8:44 PM

Post #8111129

Hello All, I hope you had rewarding summers within your gardens. I had a good year all around with a touch of Late Blight on the tomatos. We have had our first frost,and I have tucked all the tender tropicals away inside.

I was hoping to have a thread about mail order deliveries. Which were good for you this past season seeds and plants.Any new Canadian sorces out there?

Personally I received fantastic plants from Brugmansia Quebec.
Had terrible luck from Vesseys roots/tubers.
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 20, 2010
10:24 PM

Post #8111242

Seeds and More from NewFoundland is good.
Hope Seeds in New Brunswick.
Salt Spring Seeds in B.C.
Terra Edibles, Ontario.
Prairie Garden Seeds in Sask.
Heritage Harvest Seeds, ?Manitoba.
Lindenberg Seeds, Manitoba.
William Dam Seeds, Ontario.
GardensNorth in N.B.

This message was edited Sep 21, 2010 8:38 AM
IMCANADIAN
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3a)

September 21, 2010
1:24 PM

Post #8112302

Thank you, you named some I have not heard of. Cant wait to look!
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 22, 2010
12:28 PM

Post #8114484

I like many of the ones that Caroline has listed. It is too bad that Vesey's didn't work out for you...they are one of my favourites.

I also like
Stokes Seeds, Ontario
McFayden's, Manitoba
West Coast Seeds, BC
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 22, 2010
4:14 PM

Post #8114957

Vesey has been good for me too.
There is also Dominion Seeds.
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 22, 2010
7:30 PM

Post #8115407

I had wrote this article (a copy in my DG Journal) a few years ago for a local gardening newsletter. It mentions a number of Canadian mail-orders

http://davesgarden.com/community/journals/viewentry/164160/
smurf428
cullman, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 22, 2010
7:33 PM

Post #8115417

i also ordered from vesey's
ostrich fern - dead
razzberry jam hibiscus - doing great
toad lily- its growing
stuttgart canna rhizome - one was moldy and the other one nothing came up..
Over all i wouldn't order from them again, spent 75 buck to end up with 2 plants...

i've ordered from stokes seeds and would recommend them, fast shipping too..
jen
IMCANADIAN
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3a)

September 22, 2010
9:25 PM

Post #8115621

I agree,their seeds are good but the tubers...not so much!
$35 on the Bat Flower Collection- I received two dried out pieces of you know what!
Never again for a tuber or root from them.
growum
st.george, NB
(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2010
1:56 PM

Post #8118876

Here is a site to check out - Cyndi's list of Garden Catalogues:

http://www.gardenlist.com/

Lots in here and a section just for Canadian places.
IMCANADIAN
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3a)

September 24, 2010
5:33 PM

Post #8119316

Thank you ladies for the links!
IMCANADIAN
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3a)

September 25, 2010
1:11 PM

Post #8120573

Since we have discussed Vesseys, has anyone bought the Mantis tiller? Reviews?
I see they have free shipping now,and the two free attachments.
growum
st.george, NB
(Zone 5a)

September 25, 2010
3:04 PM

Post #8120703

Oh I have been thinking about a Mantis Tiller for a long time. Almost bought one this spring and changed my mind...again.
Lots of reveiws here
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/485145/
IMCANADIAN
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3a)

September 25, 2010
3:39 PM

Post #8120769

[quote="growum"]Oh I have been thinking about a Mantis Tiller for a long time. Almost bought one this spring and changed my mind...again.
Lots of reveiws here
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/485145/[/quote]

Me too,for years I keep talking myself out of it!

thanks for the link

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 28, 2010
10:59 AM

Post #8125965

Have only ordered a few hostas this year and all were from Hosta Choice Nursery. I have, in the past, ordered successfully from Goldenbrook Hostas, Shades of Green, Fundy Beauties (Hosta Geek), and Floral and Hardy as well. Since I have an excellent source of Hostas (Budd Nursery) a 15 minute drive away, I don't order from more than one place each year.

I've had good seeds from Vesey's, but not this past year - didn't need any new ones I couldn't get locally. I don't buy their plants or bulbs. My church sold some spring planting bulbs from them once which were disappointing.

Ann
IMCANADIAN
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3a)

September 28, 2010
11:28 AM

Post #8126027

Thanks Ann!
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 28, 2010
11:39 AM

Post #8126064

Ditto on Veseys. Seeds only and some of their grab bag bulb specials in the fall. These are my favs for online ordering:

Seeds:
T&M
Floribunda seeds (small supplier so be patient)
Alberta Nurserys (Bow Seeds)
Casey's Heirloom Tomatos

Plants/Bulbs/Tubers:
Ferncliff Gardens - dahlias
Botanus
Valley K Lilys
Floral & Hardy
Nottawasaga Daylilies (new for me this year OUTSTANDING product)
IMCANADIAN
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3a)

September 28, 2010
12:25 PM

Post #8126103

thanksNut!
smurf428
cullman, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 28, 2010
1:25 PM

Post #8126172

Anyone know of a good place for Hardy Hibiscus plants or seeds (other then luna or disco) Also Canna roots or seeds.. Checked the ones above but never seem to find hibiscus'
thanks jen
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 30, 2010
3:22 PM

Post #8130317

I think that I am getting Canna seeds from T and M.
That is if they ever get it here.

I ordered at end of August and they are shipping today supposedly.
I'll believe it when they come.
IMCANADIAN
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3a)

September 30, 2010
5:29 PM

Post #8130545

When will you start them?
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 30, 2010
6:44 PM

Post #8130681

I'm going to have less "pink" and more deep purple & blue next year.
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

October 1, 2010
7:35 AM

Post #8131311

If you are asking about the canna seed start---I will probably not start them until January or February.
I have just taken up the one canna that I had this past season. I am drying the root and will keep it like dahlia roots.
However, I am told that it is just as easy to raise canna from seed.
The canna seeds are supposed to be shipped to me in November,now?
Very strange? as they were on the sale items?

Joanne your colour combinations are always great!
smurf428
cullman, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 1, 2010
10:15 AM

Post #8131668

CLScott yes canna seeds are very easy to grow, as long as you nick the seed... The fun part about seeds is they arn't always the same as the parent plant.. this past summer i started 2 ambassadour seeds and both seeds came out a different looking canna.. The flowers look the same from afar but up close one is a pink in the center another is pink dots..

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smurf428
cullman, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 1, 2010
10:16 AM

Post #8131671

doted center

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IMCANADIAN
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3a)

October 1, 2010
12:07 PM

Post #8131827

Thats interesting,I didn't know we could get them from seed to bloom in one season. Good news!
smurf428
cullman, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 1, 2010
1:56 PM

Post #8131974

well i start mine outside in the middle of may and they bloom mid aug - sept and go till frost.. Some dont bloom first year it depends on the amount of sun and water they get through the season.. But both last year and this year i got blooms from seeds, all flowers seeded also.. If you plant from seed they will seed, some hybrid cannas dont seed and its sad that they dont, but theres enough that do..
IMCANADIAN
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3a)

October 1, 2010
6:20 PM

Post #8132373

Thanks!
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

October 4, 2010
10:07 AM

Post #8136682

So maybe I don't have to start them quite that early?
Or would I not have stronger, larger plants if started early inside?
I was lumping them in with geraniums,begonias and other semi tropicals.
We still have frost and/or snow in May so I would have to start them inside.
smurf428
cullman, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2010
10:35 AM

Post #8136774

the may 24 weekend is when we usually plant our seeds outdoors (its our frost free time) i planted this year the first week of may cause we had crazy warm weather.. (could of even planted the mid of april but i was scared of frost, but we got none) If by the end of may you cant plant outdoors then yes i would say start them indoors.. I have alot that still have seed pods on them and i'm not sure if i will get the seeds before the frost, as it should be here in 2 weeks give or take.. Hopefully i get a few more
jen

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