A few months ago I purchase 2 Cameo Hostas from Michigan Bulb company. They were about half the price of most other mail order nurseries. When I received the Hostas they were severly dehydratred and had micro tape around the roots. I called the company, I said,'Why do I have dead Hostas with tape around the roots, where are the pots and dirt. Well the tape is to actually keep the roots from dyeing and the rest of the plant gets dehydrated. You soak them in water for 24 hours and then plant them. OK, ok.
Great Expectations is one of my very favorite hosta. It is so beautiful even when it is young. It's fault is it isn't the fastest grower. I would suggest good morning sun, a little extra water, and frequent fertilization with a 1/2 strength liquid fertilizer. Here are two of mine that are about 10 years old.
Virginia - I've ordered lots of bare root hostas. #1 in importance is quick mail service so that they don't spend a lot of time in a hot warehouse.
Then, the ones I've received have usually had the totally bare roots wrapped in moist paper towel. Over that, a wrap of plastic wrap secured with tape or elastic bands, but keeping the foliage free. Finally, a cone of newspaper over the whole thing to protect the foliage and separate it from the next plant. They are generally packed into a box with styrofoam peanuts or shredded newspaper or the like to prevent a lot of shifting.
When I receive them, I generally hydrate them in glass jars for a day or so and then plant. The foliage should still be in good condition. I've never had one that didn't do well and the only one that has ever arrived in a pot with soil was a very, very tiny one - Country Mouse.
I think your supplier could and should find a better way of shipping them.
Virginiarose, Did you get them all potted up? The roots in those liners grow like crazy and can push all of the dirt out. I have been pleasantly surprised on how fast some varieties of the liners I bought from the co-op last fall have grown this year. I was just out this morning taking pictures of some of them. I bought them last August and they were the same 1" plugs.
This pic is from when I had received them and got them potted up.
Summer Lovin' 2nd year liner. I have around eighty 2nd year liners and a half dozen new liners this year but I don't want to get too carried away posting pics of All My Children! I am getting ready to order another twenty minis and smalls. :) As you can see from my pics, many of these grow like gangbusters producing lots of eyes on just their second year.
Thanks Everybody, I found out how fast the roots shoot out, when I planted these little guys in my raised bed I have to replant a few that were not buried low enough, I could not believe how much the roots have grown in just two weeks. I planted all the little one's in the bed and only the bigger ones are still sitting in water. They really don't seem to mind. I could not go out there today, when I got off work it was 96 and all I could do was water the babies and go back in. Hopefully tomorrow, I will plant them in the ground, I already have a list of sizes so I will put the biggest ones in first at the back.
Thanks Paul, I really love GE and even though I ordered 2 babies and will still keep my eyes open for a big one.
I am putting as many in the ground as possible so they will be in their spot and will not have to be moved.
ViolaAnn, besides what you see they were wrapped in rolls of paper. I also got three from a seller on eBay and his were well wrapped in wet paper-towels , then saran wrap, then rolled in paper. I got Band of Gold, Dream Queen, and Cherish. I was very pleased with the Hostas I got this go around. But I had to do my homework first, because if they don't know how to pack the plants the whole thing is a waste.
Here is bed so far, I have another 7 coming from Country Boy's and they will go in here also.
That's a nice Mouse Ear, I don't think I would ever pay 90.00 for a Hosta ( unless I bump my head) but I did see a new sport on Hallson's called 'North Wind' It is a sport of 'Second Wind' , I love the variegation and the way the leaves curl, I almost bought that for 30.00 but it was out-of-stock. Oh well !
Today I received my order from 'Country Boy Gardens'. It took about one week to get the plants and I ordered 7 plants:
First Frost -2yr-3"pot----------6.00
Krossa Regal -2yr-3"pot-----1.95
Mount Tom 2yr-3"pot----------2.95
Touch of Class-2yr-3"pot----4.95
shipping and handling--------12.95=) Flat Rate
order total 44.15
Well, I received some beautiful plants from 'New Hampshire Hostas', just what I've been wanting. These are large Hostas that are ready to go into the ground and get big. I was very impressed with the size of the plants, they are extremely healthy and they were in 4.5 inch pots and very well packed. I bought ten hostas and got free shipping over fifty dollars and I got the order in four days. Prices were very reasonable especially considering the size, they are all three or four year plants. I am very happy. I will post pictures of all the plants on a different thread:
I've heard bad things about Michigan Bulb Company, but it does look like you were able to revive the little guys you received. Personally, I prefer that they look healthy and not dried out straight out of the box. All your other plants look pretty nice, though!
I do think that if you end up ordering from Hallson you'll be very pleasantly surprised. I placed my first order from Chris this year and the plants I got have grown better than anything I've picked up from a nursery. The roots on the plants Chris sends are big and fat and go on forever--I had to dig really wide holes just to accommodate them! I know everyone is always raving about Hallson, but they do rave for a reason. :)
Also, Chris told me to ask about plants that are marked as "out of stock." Just send him an email. He said that he likes to err on the side of caution where his inventory is concerned and sometimes he does have plants but he marks them out of stock because supplies are very limited. So it never hurts to ask.
Thanks KaylyRed, I did order from Hallson's, I forgot to mention it here because I had done a separate thread before I started this one. It was big, lots of pictures. I loved Hallson's as much as I love New Hampshire. I think between the two I will be able to get just what I want for now on. As for Michigan, I don't think so. It took me about six months to revive those hostas and It was a lot of babying involved. I really don't have time for that. Not when I can get big plants for a few dollars more. Thank goodness for Dave's Garden Watch Dog!
I will enter a paragraph about Hallson's and also Great Garden Plants. GGP was actually the worst and I didn't have a camera at the time. :(
I was going to thank you for the tip about New Hampshire. Looks like a great alternative if Hallson's doesn't have something I'm looking for. Have you tried Naylor Creek? I hear great things about them, too, but haven't ordered from them yet.
I got my order from Hallson's today only took 3or 4 days. These plants are so healthy and big plus they gave me a free plant as a gift. It was El Nino! I am so excited because these are so big and beautiful.
Plants I bought from Hallson's:
El Nino-bonus plant
See my thread called 'New plants from Hallson's' for more pictures.
My new order is on the way it's from 'Hostas Direct', never bought from them before but they are a top dog company and had most of what was on my list. The three that were not are coming from 'Hallson's'. These are all mature divisions and sun resistant. :)
My 'Orange Marmalade' was a dog. Just wouldn't grow. I ended up giving it away to my mom. She's having slightly better luck with it, but it still looks pretty pitiful. OM seems to have mixed reviews as hostas go, but I've seen some very nice examples of it, too. It sure is a pretty hosta when it's growing well. Definitely worth trying, at least. :)
OK, I will check out Naylor Creek, Sometimes these mail order companies are a little vague about the size of their plants. How big were the plants you got? I feel in love with Orange Marmalade after seeing yours (Paul). I would like to give it a shot like KaylyRed said, its worth a try, I really, really like it. The color is awesome.
Paul's Glory is doing well in my bed as a sun tolerant plant. It gets about 1-2 hours of evening sun and is very happy, and growing fast. I was assuming if it is a sport of PG then It would do as well. He is in the same bed with Brother Stefan, Dragons eye, Tom Schmid, Liberty and a few others.
I received my start of OM from Naylor Creek in 2008 so it is 3 years old in my garden. It came bare root. For me it is a moderate grower...not as fast as PG probably because it has less green . My OM gets some mid-day sun. The post above is earlier this summer. Now it is almost white.
Thanks Paul, I did order an OM from Naylor Creek today. Altogether I got: 'Orange Marmalade'
I ordered them right before 10:00 because I had an appointment, when I got back I checked my email and at 2:10 I had an email from Naylor Creek saying they had been shipped !!!
Holy Cow, I have never had this kind of service before, unbelievable!!
Well to my surprise I came home from work and I had both of my Hosta orders, from a week ago I ordered from 'Hostas Direct' and Wednesday when I was off I ordered from' Naylor Creek'. 'Naylor Creek' was amazing because I put in the order at 9:50 and went to run some errands and when I returned around 2:00 I had an email saying they had been shipped!!
'Hallson's' and 'New Hampshire' seem to be more popular here on 'Hosta forum.' Besides me I know no one who has used' Hostas Direct'. But you can see my plants and my prices and they are just as good. Also' Naylor Creek' seems to be popular and to me they are just as good, all four companies are good, very good and its just a matter of inventory, go with who has what you want especially this time of year because inventories are kinda low.
Sounds like I'll have to work them into my budget next year. I haven't been ordering as many plants the last couple of years because it means I'd have to dig up old plants to install new ones. Not quite up to extending my gardening beds.
Even though there are nurseries that specialize in Hostas, I have had very good luck with Hostas (and everything else) from Bluestone. I always wait till they have their half-price clearance (sometime in May). Their selection of Hostas may not be as extensive as the "Hosta-exclusive" nurseries, but they still have a large selection and they are a DG Garden Watchdog Top Nursery.
BTW, their Customer Service is excellent and they will replace (no questions asked) any plant that you have a problem with...whether it doesn't look good, dies, doesn't do well...or whatever.
Yes, I already have stuff in a shopping cart. They are next on my list, not only can you buy Hostas but Coneflowers,Clematis,bulbs,shrubs,grasses you name it! The only reason I didn't order from them this time is because they are not doing any more shipping till fall and I wanted certain Hostas before they ran out. I have picked out over 200.00 worth of plants and I could not decide what to delete! Hopefully by fall I can save up the money and get everything I want. :)
I have purchased some from BS. This year I got 'Frosted Mouse Ears', 'Fireworks' and 'Rainforest Sunrise'. Plus a 'Praying Hands' from a local nursery. Used to order so much from Shady Oaks but they're not around anymore. :(
I got two very nice 'Frosted Mouse Ears' from 'Countryboygardens.com' most of the plants I ordered were two or three dollars when they had the end of spring sale. There is a separate thread for Countryboygardens if you want to check out the plants. All together I got 31 plants from them, they are mostly liners but the packing is great and the plants are healthy.
I just bought Praying Hands but 'Rainforest Sunrise' is going to be on my next order!
Usually I'm a total sucker for the yellow Hostas because I have so much shade but 'Praying Hands' was so unusual. To keep it from blending in with all of my other "green" plants, I put it in front of a bigger yellow Hosta. I wish I could indulge in season-end sales but I'm having two big oaks taken out next week (they drop tons of acorns on our vehicles and are really too close to the house - otherwise I wouldn't even think of it) which is going to create my first mostly-sun bed and I'll be rescuing some of the part-shade lovers and finding new homes for them. Don't have a clue where I'm going to squeeze them in yet.
Yes the praying hands is very unusual, Putting in front of something yellow is a good idea. You can show it off better. I think I will put mine near the front door, I have a bed there and it's just morning sun. I know it's expensive to have trees cut down. I don't really have a lot of shade and most of my hostas are sun tolerant. You will have a lot of fun creating a sun bed. I did one in the spring and bought a bunch of coneflowers, lantana, daylillies, bee balm, rubeckia, dahlia and I threw in a few tomato plants, big mistake, next thing I knew they were eight feet long and choking my other plants plus I was not getting any tomatoes, the birds were. So yesterday I yanked them up. :) My perennial bed is flowers again not a jungle!
You can still have your favourite varieties just divide them every year or two and it will keep them from spreading. Also keep in mind it takes four or five years for them to get full size, sometimes longer. But if they do get too big too fast just dig and divide. Give half to a friend. I love the big Hostas and I have things in my bed that should not be there but I figure three or four years from now then I will worry about it. :)
Thats something to think about. Thanks for the info and that great link, virginiarose. Maybe I'll try one or two of the bigger varieties and see how it goes.
I know they're not that difficult to divide. In fact I bought two quart-size plants on clearance about 3 years ago at a local nursery. It was almost the end of the season and they were kind of pot bound, but I really liked the colors so I picked two that had the beginnings of multiple plants and bought those. I divided each one into three plants and planted all 6 of them. They took off right away and thrived.
virginiarose wrote:Thanks KaylyRed, do you think 'Blue Ivory' could handle maybe one hour and a half of afternoon sun? This plant is so beautiful, I really don't want to burn it. :>/
Mine is in primarily shade, so I really don't know. I would think it would keep its blue color best in shade, since blue hostas have a waxy coating that melts off in the sun, rendering the hosta more green than blue. (That has happened to my 'Blue Wedgwood,' which I'm going to have to move.)
Also, 'Blue Ivory' tends to get speckling in the white margins during the heat of summer--not sure if more heat might increase the level of speckling. I don't personally mind it.
Shady Oaks went wholesale only several years ago. They were a great source for shade-loving plants 15 years ago when they were hard to find here in the midwest.
I made a big mistake with 'Parhelion'. Knew it would get big but it got way too huge and fast! Had to split it and move it. Huge yellow/chartreuse leaves with a narrow white rim.
virginiarose - I have a very narrow bed between my sidewalk and that of my next door neighbour. In this pic, you are looking at the neighbour's sidewalk. I have that bed filled with more hostas all the time as I gradually dig out the vinca and primroses that have been there. That's where 'Praying Hands' is.
Paul, I never get tired of seeing Blue Ivory, mine is getting just a little late evening sun and I heard it is not the strong sun, it happens when the sun is going down. I think it will be ok but I will keep an eye on it and I am watering more.
I know but I have enough liners and I wanted some big plants to put in ground this year. Hudson Bay was not even on my list! I just saw it and said, 'thats for me.' However I do like the idea of buying three and planting them together. Could you put three different ones together if you wanted to? How a bout Praying Hands, If I put that in a pot by itself it is going to look weird, its so tall and skinny. What could I plant along with it to make it look more filled in?
Ooh. . .Very pretty Paul and ViolaAnn!! More to add to my list. Praying hands is very unique...I love it!
The colors of 'High Society' look almost like a reversal of 'Blue Ivory'. They'd probably look beautiful together in the same bed.
Any of you in colder zones that grow Hosta in pots? Do they need to be moved into a garage or such in the winter? I've read if plants will grow two zones below yours that they can stay outside. . .I'm in Zone 5.
There are a lot of Hostas in zone 5. They don't do well in warmer climates. They have to have a cold spell so leave them in the ground, they will come back. You are right about the High Society, I think they would look great in the same bed, I'm going to work on that one, after I buy it I mean. :)
OK Frank, I will can that Idea. :( I was looking at ViolaAnn's and I was thinking I could just plant it behind some shorter hostas in the bed. Or plant it in a big pot with some flowers (shade-flowers) around it. What do you think?
I was just looking at two varieties in Bluestone's catalog from last Spring that interested me. One I was able to find on their website. They don't have the other one right now, but I found it on Plant Files.
The first was American Hosta Growers Hosta of the year for 2010...'First Frost'.
The second is called 'Little Jay' and it's a miniature.
Looks like my cameos are dyeing, I'm tired of babying these plants. I have a whiskey barrel I was going to fill it up today now that I have enough dirt. I don't have room to add my Snow Mouse to the other pot. I did plant my Praying hands by itself and I put a few Inpatients around it, just to fill in a little. (I will keep them separated)
I have had my eye on 'Little Treasure' for a while now, its a sport of 'Little Jay'. I actually have a 'First Frost' it is just a one year liner but it is doing well. :)
Here is 'Little Treasure' nice mini looks similar to Little Jay.
Personally, I think 'Praying Hands' would look very cool in a tall narrow pot, a more contemporary or Asian look, especially as it grows larger. Would be great to fit into a small space, much like Viola did.
Yea, I know. I will fit him somewhere before winter. At least he is planted and I like to start off in pots because you can move them around and find out which area suits them best.
I did that with 'Golden Meadows' and had to move it four times before I could find a place where she would be happy!
Sandy (Sanannie though I haven't seen her here this year) gave me a 'Little Jay' a year ago early July. It came back this spring - very late and just barely and then just disappeared. She more recently gave me a 'Little Treasure' which seems to be a whole lot hardier than 'Little Jay' was.
I would put something trailing such as a sweet potato vine in the pot with 'Praying Hands'. BTW, my 'Praying Hands' is blooming for the first time in the 5 or so years I've had it and the bloom is little - lower than the height of the leaves and very spidery.
'High Society' is related to 'Remember Me', 'June', 'First Frost' - all in the 'Halcyon' family.
'June', 'Blue Ivory', 'First Frost', 'Paradise Joyce' are all sports of 'Halcyon'. 'High Society', 'Ripple Effect', 'Stand by Me', 'Touch of Class' are all sports of 'June' and I've seen 'Remember Me' listed as both a sport and a seedling of 'June'. Anyway, I find that 'High Society' and 'Remember Me' both emerge with gold centres and look a lot alike. HS is, for me, a better grower and seems to go whiter. My 'First Frost' has the same golden margin when it emerges, but it fades although mine is still very creamy this year - more yellow than white. My 'Blue Ivory' emerges with white margins and retains them, never going through the yellow stage. But they are all related and for me at least, the whole family seems to be fairly resistant to slug/earwig damage.
The only other one of the plants I mentioned above that I have is 'Ripple Effect'. It was new last year. This pic was taken last week rather than a few days ago. Just shows the plant better than the more recent pic.
I'll take that back, I do have 'June' in two places. One, my original plant, is on the east side of my house and gets morning sun. The other, a division taken 2 years ago, is on the west side of my house which is also close to my neighbour - only about 6 feet between garage walls. It gets far less sun and is noticeably different in colour.
Has anyone experienced all-green leaves on 'June'? Some of my divisions of my original plant have almost half all-green leaves.
(sorry - totally off the mail order topic but I saw 'June' mentioned so thought I'd ask)
I think June (east) and June (west) are both beautiful. It amazes me how different the same plant can look with different amounts of light. :)
Remember me is more yellow and High Society is more white. I like them both a lot.
I will find something trailing for PH, thanks for the advice!
Hostas direct has become my favorite local hosta site. They used to have a retail site which was so much fun to browse through. They closed the retail site this year so I will have to mail order from them now. Very good people to deal with, highly recommend them.
Nutsabout Nature - I checked out this thread this morning and noticed your question about 'Little Jay'. Here's the picture I took for you. I bought LJ in 2009 and put him straight into the ground before I knew any better. He gets late afternoon sun and has been a slow grower. Next spring I'm going to move him to 'Cameo's spot because everything seems to thrive there. I'll post a picture of 'Cameo' next.
Got an email from 'Hostas Direct' they are having a huge sale and are getting rid of all mature divisions! These plants have multi eyes and are 12 years old, on sale for 4.50!!
MANY new deals added 9-18-11
to our ongoing sale!
We will start shipping 9-19-11
Autumn is a great time to plant!
Fall BLOW OUT Sale!
Mature Divisions of 8 famous hostas!
$3.95 for large, multi eyed root systems.
NOTE: The foliage will be cut off and in some cases a knife used to divide the roots - more than 1 eye per ordered plant. These 12 year old plants have large roots and rhizomes and are so big they are difficult to divide and ship using our normal methods!
I bought seven of these mature divisions:
Also picked up a couple of other things:
Christmas Pageant (advanced starter)
Eternal Flame ( " )
Paradigm ( " )
Rainforest Sunrise(starter Hosta)
Atlantis ( " )
You are right, I have been very busy and I have around 107 plants and 79 different cultivars. Can't wait to get these in the ground, I know they will be spectacular next year. I should have a lot of 'Kodak Moments' , whoohoo!
I'm not sure, I consider it small but it is on a corner lot which gives me a lot more options. I was thinking I could get at least 50 under the Birch trees till I tried to sink a shovel and reality hit me. OMG talk about roots!! I was almost in tears and I had to regroup. The front of the house is only morning sun and most of my Hostas are sun tolerant. So even if it is five hours of morning sun it should be ok. I am in process of reworking the front flower beds to make room for Hostas and I am expanding outward about two feet, dosn't sound like much but the beds are wide and I am figuring an extra 50 square feet, would certainly help and if my back holds out I will dig out some more grass on side of house. One thing that makes it seem like I have more land than I do is the fact that there are no side-walks out here. My plants go all the way out to the curb and like others they go undisturbed by the city. (see the baby Grand Tiaras I have for a border there are 7)
I had been very lucky to be able to hire some one to help me. I can not possibly do everything in the garden. I have few line up if i need help.this is the only way I am able to do the things I enjoy most.
My garden is packed on all the sides but we still have big lawn with zoysia which I am not allowed to extend my beds anymore. LOL!!!
This is not about hosta--- I am very upset today because someone vandalized hole # 1 which is par 5. Someone rode a riding mower and ruin the green on 2 holes. They went through the backyard of a member and I hope the vandals gets caught !!!. Our turf manager works hard to keep the grass in top shape!!!
It is a lot or work to get rid of bermuda grass. We had fescue when we bought this house but it is always getting fungus so we decided to invest on zoysia and so far we like it. It is drought resistant but it turns brown during winter.
We had given away tons of it and if you want some you are welcome to get some but you have to dig.
The zoysia or the fescue? I have a lot of stuff to get planted before winter. I am working on planting the last twenty I bought (hostas). I had to make a little room first. The tree roots are so bad on South side of house I decided to plant these in the front. Yesterday I moved three shrubs and dug twelve holes, by then it was dark and I had to get inside. The Mosquitoes were crazy. :((
Thanks bellieg! I would love some Zoysia and I really need some to choke out this Bermuda nightmare!
Yes, I like planting trees and shrubs. It is hard work but is probably the most rewarding thing I do at this point. The sense of accomplishment is unbelievable. I am addicted to all gardening but my primary love is for the Hostas. :)
Thanks for the tip about the cols, I will see if I can fine some of them. I have been spraying myself with repellent and it makes me cringe because I know its pesticide and I can't wait to wash it off. :(
The thing that has worked amazingly well for me with mosquitoes is Thermacell. It's a little device that works with a small butane cartridge and a pad of repellent. The unit costs about $20 and comes with a butane cartridge and a couple of the pads. The repellent pads last about 4 hours, and I think the butane lasts about 12.
Replacing the pads and butane can be somewhat expensive (I think it was around $15, maybe more, for 3 more pads and a replacement butane cartridge), but I've found that the stuff WORKS, so it's worth it. I've worked outside until sundown with my ThermaCell running beside me and didn't get bitten by a single mosquito until after the pad ran out of oomph, which is when they swarmed me and I went inside.
There are a couple of caveats--these things work best where the wind is relatively calm. (If there's a slight breeze, you just put it upwind of wherever you are.) It also helps to put the Thermacell out about 10 minutes before you actually move to your location, and then it'll handle about a 10 foot radius. (I think the packaging says 15', but in my experience if you get too far away the bugs will find you.)
I should also mention that our mosquito season wasn't as bad this year as it often is in Wisconsin. If the skeeters were particularly thick, I'd think of giving the Thermacell a helping hand by applying a little bug spray.
Anyhow, for the money, I think it works. I know the big appliances like the Mosquito Magnet work, but I don't have $1200 to throw around. :P
Thank you KaylyRed, I have bookmarked the page and I will definitely get one. This year has been really bad for us because a new kind of mosquitoes showed up and the spray didn't work on them. I live in the city and when I say spray, I mean the kind the mosquitoe truck sprays out when he goes up and down the streets. There is a new mosquitoe called Asian and we are use to the Tiger mosquitoes. Anyway my spray works good but I don't always like spraying pesticide on my skin, it just goes against me.
Quite some nice hauls there for little cash, VirginiaRose!
I bought 'Roy Klehm' last year as a single eye and this year it hadn't multiplied much but it's a VERY attractive hosta. I'm definitely a fan. And I love 'Maui Buttercups,' too. (If you haven't already, you should consider getting its relatives--'Rainforest Sunrise' and 'Tropical Storm.')
I always believe you get the best quality plants from local independent garden centers,although you may need to use mail order to find unusual cultavars.That being said look for small independent growers for the best quality,you may spend a little more but you get what you pay for.
Yes, I certainly am a Hostaholic and loving it. I ordered a lot of hostas from Hosta Direst and they were great. :) Also New Hampshire were very, very good.
At the end of the season Hosta Direst sold their mature divisions for about 3.99 a piece and most had around 6 eyes. I bought as many as I could maybe 8 or ten, don't remember, but when they start coming up, its picture time!!
Also would like to mention my great experiences with Hallson's and Country Boy's. :)
I got my order from New Hampshire Hosta and my goodness what happened to these people? Last year was big plants and neat packing, this year dirt everywhere and small plants. I ordered Fire and Ice in a three inch pot for 12.95 and got a plug and a pot full of dirt.
Susan -- I've never ordered fro them before, so i can't compare.
I'm trying to find my fire and ice from what i first got mine from Foxfire Gardens... it was tiny too. slow grower but very nice plant once it gets going.
I'll have to check my other computer to see if i can find the image.
I got a plant last year ... i was not pleased with the way it was packed... it was a 3" square pot, not packing peanuts, no paper; just a pot in a box. I was very surprised just due to who it came from. Plant was undamaged, but there was no care in packaging.
I felt like it was like night and day, I got such big plants last year and great packing. This year the plants were a mess and Fire and Ice was smaller than the plugs I got. SMH, Also they canceled' Midnight at the Oasis' and did not tell me ahead of time, that was the purpose of the order. I just picked out a few other things so I could get the free shipping. I received no shipping confirmation and did not know the box was coming. I got home from work and had a big mess on my hands, also I was out of potting soil and they needed to be re-potted.
I emailed NHH and gave them a small lecture about courtesy, also I requested a refund for Fire and Ice and told them I would throw it into the trash and that I did not want to deal with them anymore.
Oh, would you like to see the bare roots I planted at the end of feb,2012 from a coop at ATP called T&T, ahhhhh now this is a good Fire and Ice, picture taken one month after planting.
No, they don't have any negative ratings and I did not want to be the bad guy, so I email them first and give them a chance to make things right. :) We shall see, a negative rating may come later but so far I have said nothing.
My plants have perked up quite a bit, I am suprised at how much 'Eternal Flame' looks like 'Fire and Ice.'
The F&I is actually smaller than the plugs I planted in 3 inch pots. I sent NHH some pictures and asked ' What happened to you guys??'
Really! Anyway, got an email from Richard Merritt at NHH, he said he was sorry for not notifying me but it was late when they found out and it was just easier to issue a refund to everybody. He issued a full refund, I only asked for a refund on Fire and Ice. He said I was the only one with a problem, but he did admit he changed the packing method and that FedEx must have had a problem, plus they did not send out a shipping confirmation.
Anyway, everyone else thanked him for nice plants and great packing, so I guess I am the bad guy anyway, it was not about money and I do not feel better after the refund. I deleted him. :(
Me too! Especially that Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, That is one beautiful Hosta. It should be, it was right near the top of my price range. The most I ever paid for a Hosta was 25.00 and that was Hudson Bay, beautiful green, white and blue variation. That was also Naylor Creek.
I just missed it! Mamajack was getting stuff from Walters also. sigh... Maybe next year!
What are you going to do with three? A grouping perhaps? The one I got from Naylor was pretty big, I do have several Fire and Ice and several Great Expectations I was thinking about a grouping somewhere.
I was able to get some Hostas from Bentleys , Cathedral Windows, Lakeside Love Affair and Lakeside Scamp.
I just put all three in a one gallon pot when I got them last year. I still have to find a spot for the small clump. I have about 60 new hosta in pots to be planted. Forty left over from last year and I already bought 20 new ones on opening day at Hornbaker Gardens March 31st. I will have to go back for their open house when their hosta glade is in full leaf.
Very nice ge, thanks for reminding me about the smilebox. I've been wanting to subscribe. I also got an order from Edelweiss and I got two Cyclamen like yours and the Kniphofia called 'Lola' really excited about this six foot tall poker lily. :) WhooHoo!!
I ordered a Thunderbolt Hosta from Hornbakers. I know they have good reviews but almost none were for mail orders, just people that went to the Nursery. That makes me a little nervous, hope I get a big one! I will keep you posted. :)
Oh, it was 20.00 and postage was 20.00, the only other thing I got was two Bearded Iris.