Oh, just me then?
I find mail order companies are very expensive, and the plants/bulbs e.t.c are much smaller than I expect. I've also not had much luck in keeping the plants alive, and they are quick to blame the postal sytem for any damage. There are many local nurseries that need my support, and at least I know the plants are suitable to my climate.
I voted for a little of everything. My favorite is Plant Delights. It has wonderful plants and the descriptions are hilarious! The artwork on the cover is great. Very funny and fun to read. I really look forward to getting it and reading it. http://www.plantdelights.com/
I like ordering from Whatcom seed Co. They are a little pricey but have rare and exotic plants that I like to think I might grow. I just get carried away looking at the pics and imagining them in my garden.
My favorite catalogs are usually full of lilies (lilium). Favorite catalogs would include B&D Lilies, Faraway Flowers , the Lily Garden & the Lily Nook. My favorite with a bit of everything but not your "run of the mill" everything would be Klehm's Songsparrow. The magnolias and peonies in there are to die for ;)
I "won" my perennial plants on ebay last year. I started the season (my first as a flower gardener) with a large order from Springhill Nursery and lost half of them. Some because the outside cat dug them up and the rest I chalked up to my inexperience. I figured buying at half price on ebay and losing half was a break even proposition for me. It helped my average in gaining some experience and having the cat disappear.
I didn't lose nearly so many after the first batch. I'd subscribed to Dave's Garden by then.
I checked "a little bit of everything" but that's not quite right. I start w/rose catalogues and go on into the books about everything under the sun or shade. I may start out w/the idea of buying a certain rose and end up buying a pkg of seeds - just whatever strikes my fancy or I finally get a lucid moment and realize that my eyes are bigger than my muscles. I will read any catalog that isn't boring and keep at it until I have practically memorized it. I get a real education that way.
I vote for "buy from my local greenhouses" cuz I know what they are when I see 'em!!
I'm concerned I'd either buy more than I need & waste $$ unnecessarily, or not buy enough & it's late enough in the season I'd have to go to the greenhouse anyway!! PLUS I know what's really local for my area from the staff :-)
Can we talk? I mean really talk? Have you got an hour? Here are some of my favs that I order from every year:
Seeds: Alberta Nurseries (Bow Seeds), T & M, Parks, Florabunda, Van Dusen Gardens, Richters, Dominion, Westcoast Seeds,
Perennials & Bulbous Things: I'm with you DonMac on Botanus
Lilies: Valley K Lily Farm
Dalhias: Ferncliff, Abloom
A little bit of everything: Veseys.
I was very good this year and only ordered veggie seeds. I still have orphans living in pots behind the garage so I decided I can't order any new plants until those find a home. That said, I love kitchengardenseeds.com because they have so many unusual varieties. Next summer I'll have red carrots, purple radishes, and speckled lettuce (cross my fingers).
Mail order companies seem expensive and I like to see what I'm getting before I pay for it. May reconsider mail order companies in the future but they want orders and money so wildly far in advance that I'm reticent even to try them. I don't know that any of the Big Box stores that I buy from "need my support" but they have stuff that I want often close to the time that I want it at satisfactory prices so I buy from them. I've only had some land of my own for a year now and the rabbits ate virtually everything, often before I even got a chance to see what it was going to look like. Newly built chicken wire enclosed 1300 sq.ft. front yard area has a 280 sq.ft. area already amended and manured and ready for Spring planting (finished amending and manuring it today). So I'm looking forward to the 2009 growing season.
Plant Delights & Bluestone get read and re-read. I would like to buy one of everything in Arrowhead Alpines..the covers are incredibly original, but once you get into the meat, it's just a list of great plants (no pics). The Heirloom Roses and David Austin are gorgeous.
dparsons they just send them to me free when I order online. Don't you get unrequested catalogs? I'm not really a big fan of hard copy (because of the tree factor) but they do make a good read in the time of the cold and the dark. I also like the pictures to update my garden book. It helps to show new gardeners what they are getting (seeds or divisions) when they come over if its a blooming plant. This is particularly important during the annual gifting of the dahlia tubers. You didn't hear it from me, but dahlia tubers just a tad funny looking and don't create the same excitement as showing a pic of what they will turn into.
Can we clarify? Aren't 'catalogues' online as well as hardcopy in this poll? I think of them as one and the same. I get emails when the online catalogues are updated, for sales and when the next seasons catalogue is available. Isn't that the same as getting it in the mail? Just wondering what everyone else thinks.
Lilies - B&D, Buggycrazy (huge, fresh bulbs always from both)
Peonies - Klehm, Adelman (huge, fresh roots always from both)
Perennials - Klehm Songsparrow (I love everything they have - my hands down favorite perennial online seller)
Spring bulbs - Old House Gardens (awesome specialty bulbs, the BEST service), John Scheepers (or VE - great prices and quality for larger plantings), White Flower Farm (pricey but consistently good quality in many years' experience)
Warm weather plants - Old House Gardens (they have a great selection of bulbs that do well in the south), Easy to Grow Bulbs (they ship a great product!)
White Flower Farm in CT for Perennials Plus...Brent & Becky's online catalog for bulbs because they link from one plant to others that are in bloom at the same time. Very cool. ...Bluestone Perennials has a very organized catalog with a lot of information that helps me choose whether a plant will work for me or not. White Flower Farm though, has the prettiest paper catalog. The Fedco Seed catalog is very well done. Tons of info, organic seeds, careful not to offer any Genetically modified seeds, cute illustrations and great prices.
ok here's the problem. Everyone is contributing new and wonderful and addicting sources. Is anyone else having a problem? OMG Logees. I have just discovered Logees. Good thing I can't do tropicals. SAVED BY THE ZONAL MATRIX! Whew that was dangerous for a moment.
I'm not voting. I hate having to pick favorites and therefore do not.
But I love having catalogs, print ones I can flip through and make notes from, and then go order online if I decide to actually spend money.
I did just receive an order from Pinetree, it is a very nice catalog and outfit, lots and lots of good stuff in there, it was fun. I think I found the link to them here at DG actually... and the thingie on the website that said "click here to receive a free catalog" was broken, but when I emailed them they were nice and just sent me one.
With the order I got a coupon for two bucks too, I think they like me. Or want me to order again, one.
Yes Dahlianut, I do get hard copies with my orders and I suppose you could consider online as "catalogs" and the plants certainly get mailed. I find the hard copy catalogs are sometimes organized to be "showy" and I don't want to take the time to sort through them or take the space to store them - especially when I've just ordered what I'm interested in from that company. I toss them away as soon as they arrive (hint to all mail order companies). The internet is much bigger and I find things of interest much faster along with pertinent information on the plants (not always from the seller). Some of the companies I've gotten good plants/service from:
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
High Country Gardens
Mountain Valley Growers
OH MY GOODNESS!!!
I think i have to say all of the above. I love online catalogs,ilove snail mail catalogs,ilove my local nursery,there are times i even love wally world especialy this summer when i bought 12 crapemyrtles for $2 apeice.
The only favorite i did'nt see mentioned was Homestead Farms in MO for daylillies and hostas. Oh and OAKES in Tenn. for daylillies. My local nursery in Clarksville AR is Blossumberrys and well known in this area.
Other favs are Pinetree seeds in Maine, Schriners for iris. Ashdown Roses,Dooley Gardens for peonys,Hilltop Farms for Hostas,Baker Creek for herbs and heirlooms,Select Seeds flowers,John Scheepers for garden seeds,Seymours select seeds, Bluestone for their shrubs,Shumways for southern seeds.
I don't order from all of these every year but have quite a few times and always love to look. Pinetree i order from every year because they have packets with small amnts of seeds and are less expensive than other companys.
I like the sales on line but i dearly love to curl up in bed and wear the catalogs out every winter.lookig and looking and marking pages for what i want and than in spring get real and order just what i need--well-- except for a few things. Catalogs are the greatest invention ever.
Did someone say they've received new 2009 catalogs? Have i been neglected? LOL
I do a little of both. I shop online for my perennials but go to local nurseries for my annuals. That way I help out both. I like Plant Delights, Bluestone Perennials, White Flower Farm and Parks Seeds. I do like to order online. I'd rather look for the plants I'm interested in on the web because you can get more info about the plant that way.
my favorite seed catalog is baker creek heirloom seeds, but i also like totallytomatoes and tomato growers but this year i think i am going to just buy a few packets of seed from my local nursery because the price of shippingand handling from these companies are more than the price of the seeds.
wow, things must be different in your part of the world, as far as ordering by mail goes. Any other Aussies out there who have any ammount of success? I've always heard that most are dissappointed by size, and losses are high. I admit, I do like to look at glossy catalogues.
Maybe if there was one for bromeliads, i might be tempted, as they travel well in the post and are suitable to my climate.
dahlia, I hate to make it any harder for you (chuckle), but many of those tropicals in Logee's can be grown as houseplants. I just got a nice order myself : ), including a Meyer lemon, which I have been wanting for a long time. Have it in a nice south window and it is putting on beautiful new growth in the nursery pot (shame on me for not having repotted it yet).
How could I have forgotten Logee's? High Country Gardens, Oakes Daylilies, John Scheepers. Even DH reads these. He likes the ones with the good photographs because he doesn't know the plants well. I order online from the places with the best rep that carry what I am looking for. But the hardcopies are great for ideas and for those long winter planning days. I do wish they weren't necessary because they drive up the cost and of course, the environmental issue. I recycle a bag full every week.
O o o o (waving franticly) pick me!!! Already ordered dahlias from Abloom (small supplier so they run out fast) and seeds from Casey's (oops sorry I didn't mention Casey's Heirloom Tomatos for seeds) and Alberta Nurserys.
well, I have to put down several, Keith Keppel's iris catalog, Superstition, Mid-america, Tempo two, Blyth's irises, woodland iris, bayview irises, Zebra iris gargens... as you can see many favorites:)
My favorite is Pinetree Garden Seeds. They are listed as one of the top 20 on the garden watchdog. This catalog is very down-home and is NOT flashy. One of the main resons I like it is the enormous variety of products for heirloom gardening, soap-making, paper-making, tea-making and even their own 'bookshelf' ! That last one is one of my faves. Thay also have a HUGE amount of annual flower seeds and perrenial seeds.
What the heck?!? There was no herb category, so I had to vote flowers. Herbs are my fave! For herb catalogs, I love Horizon Herbs, Richter's, Well-Sweep Herbs, Crimson Sage, Companion Plants and Thyme Garden.
Even though I don't order from them I think Wayside Gardens has one of the best catalogs, the pics are great, organized with an index and very informative. I find something I like in their catalog and then order it from one of my favorite companies or get it locally.
I love looking thru catalogs any variety. My mail lady hates me! lol
Bluestone Perennials is my fav. I really like their search feature. I can put in all the poor growing conditions that I have here on my place and the search still brings up a lot of plants and flowers that I can grow.
My top 3 are: Pinetree, John Scheepers (kitchengardenseeds), and Victory Seeds.
Catalogs are arriving! I have Pinetree and Thompson Morgan.
I have to admit I order from others and can't tell you how hard it is to keep from sending in "one more small order". LOL
I also buy from Fedco (local great coop and catalogue), Gourmet Seed( huge packets of Italian varieties), and Renee's Garden (nice color-coded mixes to try new varieties), and T & M veggies when they have their 1/2 off sale.
I buy from local nurseries. However, I did buy clematis from Silver Star Vinery online and they are really great to deal with. They are no more expensive even including shipping, than our local nurseries. Plus, much more variety.
Another two of my favorites for vines, trees and shrubs are Whitman's. Lucile is the best. Sooners sells excellent trees and shrubs. Definitely Brushwood for roses and vines. Went to J. Carlsons in Rockford Illinosi and bought wonderful Japanese maples and a tree peony. I thought the prices were great for the size of the trees. Large selection of trees od unusual trees, contorted, weeping, etc. Locally, I like The Corn Crib, Hoerr's and Sunnyfield which has mostly perennials and roses, but a huge selection. The old timers I miss are Mellengers, Roslyn's & Collectors Nursery.
Plant Delights (good stuff and a hoot of a catalog) and Tomato Grower's Supply are my top 2. Most of the others I like to browse, pick out things I like and turn down a lot of pages, and then go look for it locally.
I forgot about High Country, nice offerings and catalog, although I haven't ordered from them. Keith Keppel's Iris catalog, Johnny's has a great catalog with the most information for growing and they offer New England experience with growing vegetables and what works, but the catalog is mostly all business, not exciting like White Flower Farm. Vegetables are less exciting than.. let's say lilies or roses. [g] Easy to navigate their website.
The majority of what I buy is from local nurseries. I go looking for catalogs when the local nurseries don't offer what I am looking for. Obviously they can't offer the selection of seeds, that a seed company can. Bluestone Perennials offers shrubs in the small sizes and prices that nurseries don't offer. In the spring, I am always looking for a company that offers plugs at lower prices and there are no nurseries locally that do. Catalogs can't allow you to see what you are getting in person though or keep going back to see what something looks like in bloom, etc.
I beat the "winter blues" with a nice cup of tea and I snuggle on the sofa with a great selection of seed catalogs. Some of my favorites are Select Seeds, Pinetree Garden & Park Seeds. I love the heirloom seeds in Select Seeds. Pinetree is very reasonably priced. Park Seeds is a little pricey but their seeds always produce.
I keep saying to myself , "OK, I am not going to buy anymore seeds - I'll use up the seeds I have" but once I hit the catalogs, well, you know it is an addiction!
Many of my favorites are already mentioned (PD, BB, Bluestone, etc), but I might add Chiltern's, though it lacks pics it is a great read, and has great seeds though the exchange rate isn't favorable to us Yanks. For otherwise impossible to get seeds I like Silverhill Seeds, I am not sure if they still send out the paper version but the website is easy to use and they have thousands of South African plants to try. Seneca Hill Perennials used to have a nice printed catalogue, now they just have a good online site, but they have a very nice selection of perennials, including cold hardy South African plants and bulbs. No printed catalogue, but Arid Lands in AZ is tops for reasonably priced succulents, and their selection grows larger each week it seems, and the site is easy to use with pics. Like one of the posters above, I miss the old Logee's catalogue--and prices as well. Used to drive up there with friends and load up on plants, not worth the trip now that they are so much pricier than before. I find myself doing mostly mailorder, what the local box stores and nurseries here have is mostly not worth bothering with or is on its last legs and/or overpriced. I'll make an exception for Oliver's Nurseries across the CT border, not cheap but good stuff and worth visiting when they have their spring sale.
Just came across two that I saved from last year.
Johnny's and Territorial. Both are big with lots of pictures, but best of all lots of growing information and plants identified by Latin name.
I guess out of all the "little bit of everything" catalogs I receive, I will have to say Territorial //www.territorialseed.com/stores/1/index.cfm. I've been buying from them since it was a little upstart seed company and now its really big. Nichols is the second tried and true and I also love Pine Tree. I find I don't order as much now that postage is so high. Seed trading and seed saving also come into play. But, Territorial gives you so much information and I love to browse through it, so it gets my #1 vote. Sure seems as though I've been voting a lot on DG lately.
Hands down, my favorite catalog is Klehm's Song Sparrow. The plants are just as exquisite when they arrive and are immaculately packed. Everything I ordered this year from them (two dwarf conifers, a dwarf magnolia, something else I can't remember) is thriving. The catalog has thick, glossy, full color pages and is arranged beautifully.
My favorite catalog is Spring Hill Nurseries in Tipp City, Ohio. They are the closest to my climate and have a lifetime guarantee. Everything I have ever purchased from them (that's quite a bit) have lived and been in great condition when they arrive. Their website is http://www.springhillnursery.com.
Just a thought. Does anyone else think this is an 'Enabling 101' poll? I'm wondering if there will be an 'Intervention 101' poll in the future. Just wondrin cuz I just added bigtime to my saved supplier links. Helllllooooooooo? Anyone else not surfing/shopping these catalogues at the moment?... Note to Self: enter polls at your own risk (sigh).
Heirloom Seeds (I'm not sure whether or not they still have a printed catalog --- mostly I order online). I generally only order something if I've screwed up and not saved my seeds from the previous year. I bought my French tarragon and blueberry bushes from local nurseries as I've not had a whole lot of luck with mail-order plants.