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|On Dec 20, 2012, jimfrankmartin Scott, LA wrote:
If the Swedish Academy ever decides to award a Nobel prize for horticulture in general and hemerocallis in particular,
|On Nov 14, 2012, rlhagan56 Spring Creek, NV wrote:
Posted on November 6, 2012, updated November 14, 2012
On November 14th, 2012, rlhagan56 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I have to commend Oakes Daylilies! 3 days after my comments a beautiful, large, replacement peony root arrived completely surprising me! I had never directly contacted them. That is excellent customer service and the kind of beautiful plants I am used to buying from them.
I do still feel negative about Paradise Garden and will not trust them with another of my orders. All of my orders will continue to be directly through Oakes Daylilies. I highly recommend them!
|On Sep 6, 2012, LindaDoc Philadelphia, PA wrote:
I used the excellent ratings on the Garden Watchdog as a guide and recently placed my first order with Oakes. I was very pleased with the size and health of my plants, and my order was shipped promptly and the plants packaged well. The only problem I had was in deciding which daylilies to order - their web site and catalog made my head spin with all the beautiful colors and varieties.
|On Aug 27, 2012, Bourret West Newfield, ME wrote:
Ordered from Oakes and received my daylilies quickly. They sent tons of fans of each daylily I ordered. The fans were small but it's because their daylilies are starting to go dormant going into fall. Honestly, it's so much easier to plant small fans than large and they adapt to my climate much better. Thank you Ken!
|On Jul 19, 2012, MGinIL Port Byron, IL wrote:
I ordered 2 daylilies...the next week, a very large box was on my porch. The plants they sent were huge and they included a very large bonus plant. I am very happy with the order and will return for more!
|On Jul 6, 2012, spicetail Mansfield, OH wrote:
recieved excellent plants
|On Jun 25, 2012, PeerOne Clinton, CT wrote:
I have been doing business for quite a long time with Oakes and usually have ordered a few daylilies at a time and have been very pleased. Last year I ordered there special of getting 25 plants that are not tagged, but just overstocks. They all did beautifully and were just as large in the bunch sizes as others I had gotten in the past! They also sent me a lot of extra plants!
|On Jun 7, 2012, natalie4b Roswell, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Posted on March 23, 2012, updated June 7, 2012
On June 7th, 2012, natalie4b added the following:
Just received another order from them - I am sooooo pleased and appreciative for such healthy and generously offered daylilies. Very well packed, and arrived super-fast by FedEx.
Compared to other places I have ordered from - these are a bargain considering the quality and size of divisions they send.
Will most definitely order from them again.
Thank you, Oakes!
|On May 17, 2012, kngmi Detroit, MI wrote:
I don't normally take the time to leave reviews but I am so happy with my Oakes order I had to share.
|On May 5, 2012, mellicent Buffalo, NY wrote:
Ordered 6 daylillies. Received 8 timely and in good shape - 4-5 fans each all large. Will order again.
|On Mar 18, 2012, bluntforcemama Bothell, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
The plants are large, yes! They could probably already be divided by the time they arrive, but what wowed me was the variety of daylilies. Well over a hundred different colors and types. Dwarf, giant, spider, ruffled, watermarked, etc.... My new favorite flower might be the daylily.
|On Mar 17, 2012, ericfloyd Weatherford, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on October 1, 2010, updated March 17, 2012
On March 17th, 2012, ericfloyd added the following:
Huge, healthy plants! Just outstanding! THE place to order daylilies! Thanks again!
|On Feb 10, 2012, pirl (Arlene) Southold, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Better late than never to tell of my wonderful experiences with Oakes.
|On Nov 15, 2011, rnwhit63 Salisbury, NC wrote:
I received 2 orders from Oakes. All were excellent plants. The second order included the reblooming collection. I took this collection to a second garden in Zone 8 . My primary gardening location is Zone 7. The reblooming collection did not do well in the Zone 8 location. I contacted the company with the names of the 6 daylillies I lost and was promptly sent the new plants. This group has faired better but not nearly as well as my Zone 7 plants. I was very pleased with the customer service and would not hesitate to order from them again.
|On Sep 16, 2011, eden100 Edinburg, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:
I AM BLOWN AWAY!! I had never ordered from Oakes before. I decided to order because they promised HUGE multi fan clumps and they have such a LARGE variety of daylilies. Other places give one fan and there's no guarantee that you'll get a single flower in the first year. I ordered nine varieties and received all nine plus an extra HUGE clump OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE ONE THAT I HAD CHOSEN as a FREE GIFT! The order arrived PROMPTLY. I AM BLOWN AWAY TO SAY THE LEAST!!!!!! The least expensive one that I ordered was $5.95 and the most expensive one was $25. For the money you CANNOT BEAT THE OAKES DAYLILIES! I couldn't be more pleased and I can't wait to see the blooms next year. Who would have thought you could get this quality through mail order. THANK YOU SO MUCH OAKES!
|On Aug 31, 2011, Mike_Crawford Redmond, WA wrote:
Posted on March 21, 2011, updated August 31, 2011
On March 21st, 2011, Mike_Crawford added the following:
In fact, I did place a second identical order 6 weeks later, with similar results. Alas, even the first order was too late in the season for many blooms, but those did bloom were beautiful. I set aside my plan of putting them only in pots until I'd seen their colors, with the result being that about half spent the winter in the ground, and the other half in pots covered in mulch.
Despite my uncovering their new growth just before an unexpected late winter stretch of VERY cold weather for our part of the Pacific Northwest, I DID NOT LOSE A SINGLE PLANT. They are all in the ground now, and are growing vigoriously. Bring on the blooms.....
On August 31st, 2011, Mike_Crawford added the following:
WOW, WOW, & WOW!
The bloom results are nearly complete:
-- 50 plants ordered (2 orders of 25 ea) last summer
-- 84 plants planted (extra from bonus plants + splitting)
-- 0 plants have died
-- 76 have bloomed so far (1 bed has too much shade)
-- 20 (YES, 20!) separate varieties have bloomed:
18 plants of 4 gold or orange varieties
19 plants of 4 yellow varieties
7 plants of 3 red varieties
16 plants of 3 lavender or purple varieties
7 plants of 4 pink varieties
9 plants of 2 white varieties
-- 5 plants of 3 varieties are double
-- 21 plants of 7 varieties have eyezones
I've got to say that I'm VERY PLEASED. Frankly, I hoped for, but never really expected so many different varieties. And the number of blossoms, despite a record cool spring and late summer in the Pacific NW, was amazing.
Oakes' online description for this was: "...the mix is heavy on the pinks, reds, purples, and eyezones, with mostly large flowers and lesser numbers of yellows, golds, and oranges"
Given that 3 of the pink varieties are peachy pink, the mix is actually leans more towards the yellows, golds, and oranges, but that would be my ONLY complaint. And even that might not be fair -- the reds in this mix seem to be mostly late bloomers, so those that haven't bloomed yet could change the balance.
The mix contained a nice blend of short/medium/tall flower scapes, and, as described, mostly large flowers.
And there was one additional pleasant surprise -- I noticed early on that many of the "seedling" flowers sure looked identical to several popular and recognizable named varieties Oakes sells. An email to Oakes confirmed that their seedling mix does indeed sometimes contain "lost tag" plants. I won't mention which varieties I think I've identified, but if I'm right, several are quite pricey if purchased as named varieties! Fantastic.
|On Aug 9, 2011, RUBYS Wrens, GA wrote:
Posted on January 26, 2011, updated August 9, 2011
On August 9th, 2011, RUBYS added the following:
Did not have a great season. Umbrella parade,Flutterbye,Buttered Popcorn, and Miss Lucille never bloomed. I got great blooms from C. Johnson and Miss Amelia is still blooming. All plants came with 5 or more fans and I used compost in my beds so I am assuming that it was the consistently hot dry weather that resulted in such poor performance. I look forward to next year.
|On Jul 15, 2011, mijardin3 Seymour, TN wrote:
I recently purchased some more daylilies from Oaks..as always it was a pleasant experience and my daylilies look wonderful. I'm one of their regular clients..never have bought a daylilie from them that was not in the best of shape...and they always do great in years to come. I so highly recommend this company.
|On Jul 15, 2011, worrall235 New Braintree, MA wrote:
We built our house and garden over an old sandpit in MA and have been planting Oakes daylilies for the past 4 years, mixed orders as well as individual varieties. The plants were healthy and huge (more than 3 fans) when they arrived. We tend to buy them at the end of season - overwinter in the garden - then move them to their permanent spots in the spring. Every one of the 150+ have grown and bloomed and are almost ready to be divided. They are spectacular!
|On Jul 13, 2011, plantgnome1 nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on October 9, 2010, updated July 13, 2011
On October 9th, 2010, plantgnome1 added the following:
I forgot to mention that they also sent two free daylilies which I was contemplating purchasing. Great surprise. Give them a try if you already haven't.
On July 13th, 2011, plantgnome1 added the following:
I purchased over a dozen daylily plants from Oakes last fall and every one of them has bloomed beautifully, even the ones that don't get a full day of sun. I potted some and planted others in the ground. All except Hyperion,which did not produce any scapes, has bloomed. I just now moved Hyperion to an area receiving a little more sun. We'll see what happens. If it fails to bloom I will move it again to a container in direct sun next season. Just placed another order this past weekend.
|On Jun 26, 2011, homesteadgirl middle TN, TN wrote:
I ordered 3 or 4 reblooming daylilies about a month ago. The plants were 50 times the size of any I had ordered from QVC. They are still growing, so I haven't seen the blooms yet. I will order more if these are great. I went to their festival yesterday and enjoyed it a lot.
|On Jun 24, 2011, magnaastra Charleston, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:
OMG, these daylillies are amazing...all I can say is WOW, talk about an over-the-top buying experience.
|On Jun 21, 2011, marleec Adairsville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
The order, packed well and in good condition, was received promptly 10 days later. They also included a free plant. The plants were large (four fans minimum) and healthy looking. I planted them the next morning and, to my surprise, the following day new sprouts had appeared. Now, one of the plants already has buds. I will order again and would recommend them to others.
|On Jun 12, 2011, Mylena1 Cliff Island, ME wrote:
I ordered for the first time from this company because I needed a few really nice flowers to put them near the church. And I was not disappointed with what I got. The lilies were huge, I could have divided each of them into two or three plants if I had enough room where to plant them. And they began to grow at once. I also got a bonus plant - just what I wanted to have. I can't wait to see them blooming, then I'll add another review. THANK YOU!
|On Jun 4, 2011, drthor Irving, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
More than one year ago I have orderd 6 daylilies.
|On May 30, 2011, iceman49 Saint Paul, MN wrote:
First time I have ever ordered from Oakes Daylilies, what a great experience. My order arrived the last week in May, just as I requested. The plants were of exceptional size and great root structure, the company was kind enough to send me some bonus plants...when I saw the color, I knew that someone had taken the time to see that they matched my current order. Exceptional job, I will be ordering again from this company.
|On May 28, 2011, pickyjulie Leesburg, FL wrote:
Have for over 38 years ordered multiple varieties of multiple plants from all the top nursery suppliers ........ first order from this company -- NEVER have I received plants like these !! Absolutely perfect, healthy, robust, extra-large and immaculately packed. Plus, on an average-sized order, a bonus plant that was of pricier value, AND more importantly, was obviously selected by someone paying attention to my preferences and needs gleaned from the selections I made in the order itself. These people are northing short of amazing -- if I ever worked for a nursery, I would want it to be Oakes -- their standards are obviously in the stratosphere............
|On May 28, 2011, swedegarden fitchburg,
United States wrote:
The daylilies from this company are super. they send huge plants that look ready to take off As good or even better than buying from a grower. Swede garden
|On May 27, 2011, dollartist Winter Springs, FL wrote:
Posted on May 5, 2011, updated May 27, 2011
On May 27th, 2011, dollartist added the following:
Just received my second order from Oakes Daylilies ...those are some big plants!! The roots are hugh and the bonus daylily is one that I've admired for awhile, so I am very happy. The only complaint is that I'm becoming addicted to these daylilies!!
|On May 23, 2011, bewalsh Montpelier, VT wrote:
Oakes sells some big, healthy daylilies! Wow. I couldn't be happier with the quality of their plants - their roots were huge, and the smallest clump I got was about the size of a softball. 3-5 fans each, at a minimum, and actually a couple of the individual clumps turned out to be two separate daylilies, each a nice big, healthy plant by itself! One other thing worth noting - I got several orders as wedding gifts, and each had a bonus, gift daylily from Oakes. Don't know if that's a special case, or SOP for them, but much appreciated either way.
|On May 15, 2011, vorlonken Andover, CT wrote:
I've ordered daylilies from Oakes (and paradise garden) more than once. They are alwasy top quality plants that start to thrive shortly after planting. I've been growing daylilies for many years and I think Oakes is my favorite supplier. Other companies that I've bought from, sometimes for less money, just do not stack up when it comes to the quality of the plants.
|On May 9, 2011, FBSPANKEY2 Fort Benton, MT wrote:
2nd. year order and as last year i am pleased. i'm new to growing flowers and daylilies, i e-mailed the company to have a dormant collection. thus next year i hope to report on my dormant collection.
|On May 5, 2011, cjscar Melrose, MA wrote:
I have been buying daylilies for 40 years, on line and in person from growers and I have never seen any healthier plants than those recieved from Oakes. What a pleasure.
|On May 5, 2011, 110gardener Riverton, NJ wrote:
We have ordered from this company for the past two years and have always gotten large, healthy plants. The selection is outstanding and customer service, when we have called to make changes to order, has been great. The prices are reasonable and the bonus plants and free shipping for orders over $100 are all a plus. Highly recommended.
|On May 4, 2011, Rania05 Voorhees, NJ wrote:
I ordered 50 mixed daylilies , to my surprise I received 60 healthy plants. The plants were moist upon arrival and well packaged. Another good experience with Oakes daylilies.
|On Apr 22, 2011, Doug_Prince Alexandria, VA wrote:
Ordered three clumps each of "Bertie Ferris" and "Leprechaun's Wealth." Clumps were surprisingly large, and I received an extra one as well. I plated them two weeks ago and they seem to be doing well.
|On Apr 21, 2011, Melerica Corpus Christi, TX wrote:
As a new gardener I researched the best mail order company to buy a few daylilies. Read good reviews about Oakes. Ordered 2 varieties and $60plus later, plus my free bonus lily I anxiously waited for my order. They came well packaged and wonderful full root system. Very very healthy plants. Accompanied was a beautiful print catalog ( which I have decided will be great night time perusing material). Over all very very satisfied. I will do business with them again. Next time I think I'll try a sampler pack.
|On Mar 30, 2011, JoyceBinAtlanta Alpharetta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Generosity is an understatement for this company. This was my second large order and everything was packed perfectly and arrived looking healthy and well developed. My first order is now mature, and those plants have become quite large in the few years since being planted. Would love to say it is all because of my skills as a gardener, but I know better. How plants are started makes all the difference, and Oakes really knows how to grow daylilies. One thing I appreciate in their catalog is the descriptions of the flower colors by others who have grown the plant. I look for comments from someone in my climate or State because pictures are usually brighter than reality. The hardest thing with Oakes is deciding what to order.
|On Mar 21, 2011, clement4 Rocky Face, GA wrote:
Outstanding customer service. Included a bonus Stella D'Oro to my order and plants arrived healthy and ready to go.