It's that time again. Everything arrived by early April and is now growing (or not), so this seems like a good time to score the nurseries.
I'll split this up into several posts. Otherwise, if I type out an incredibly long post and lose it somewhere in cyberspace, I'll be greatly annoyed.
I bought roses from more than 20 mail-order nurseries this year, so it might be easier to start by listing the ones I didn't use this year and telling you why.
I did not buy anything from Jackson & Perkins or Heirloom. I will never buy anything from those two nurseries again. J&P has degenerated into a disgrace. Heirloom sent me two roses four years ago that were mere 4-inch sticks. One didn't bloom for three years and then turned out to be the wrong rose, and the other blooms every year but is still no more than 10 or 12 inches tall.
Antique Rose Emporium and High Country Roses don't carry anything I want that I don't already have, so I never order from them.
Amity, my favorite own-root nursery, changed its product list this year and stopped carrying whatever roses I may have wanted and didn't already have, so I bought nothing from Amity. Rosemania, Ashdown, and Countryside are also nurseries I've bought roses from in the past, but I've now exhausted their listings and they no longer carry anything I don't already have.