Posted on April 9, 2009, updated June 10, 2011
Rubrum lilies were outstanding. Huge and reasonably priced. People knocked on the door to ask about them. They are coming up now for their second season and have multiplied.
Customer service was excellent. My questions were answered before I purchased and I was advised which species lilies would do well in my garden conditions. I was advised when the order was received and when it would ship.
I'm sorry to have to say that the other two species lilies did not come up. They were L. lankongense and L. columbianum. Their bulbs were very small when I received them and I actually forgot about them until I ran across email confirmation of my order and realized hey< those never grew. I purchased a lot of mail order bulbs that fall and should have paid more attention to record keeping.
On June 10th, 2011, LeeAnne151 added the following:
The rubrum lilies have continued to grow and multiply. They have been wonderful.
I was very surprised to see two L. lankongense growing this year after so much time. They are about a foot tall right now.
L. columbianum never grew. On Jun 10, 2011, Buggy Crazy responded with:
On Apr 8, 2009 9:54 PM, Buggy Crazy responded:
I am sorry your species lilies didn't come up, but given the unusually cold and wet spring we had in Oregon last year many of the L. columbianum did not come up last season, although the bulbs were all still there, and healthy until I found them with the shovel during harvest last year. Species lilies can be very picky growers and are prone to sulking the first year after planting, L. lanknogense has shoots that tend to wander several feet before emerging and none of our field plants bloomed last year due to the weather, it is hard to say if any were missing since they sneak around. I know you are new to species lilies and did advise to keep the species away from your soaker hoses to avoid over watering, but it is possible that they may have rotted over the summer, it is also possible that they may emerge this spring. Because many species lilies are so finicky I do not guarantee survival in anyone's garden, only to arrive alive and to be healthy, but I could have advised you more on the particulars of growing species lilies had you contacted me when you became aware they were not showing a sprout last spring-summer."
I am writing this in support of Buggy Crazy's comments. I admire her willingness to take a stand on serious issues. I wish I could rate her positive, but I have never ordered from her. People who have not ordered from a vendor should not use Garden Watch Dog to post either positive or negative ratings. It's wrong and ruins the validity of an otherwise useful tool. JK
On Nov 11, 2009, Buggy Crazy responded with:
"On Nov 11, 2009 6:49 AM, Buggy Crazy responded with:
Thank you for your kind remarks, but the truth is I would rather NOT be a watchdog 30. I would rather be paid for my products and have the right to make a living where I am stuck scratching out a living instead of having my livelihood destroyed by the attitude the Pacific Northwest now has."
On Jan 26, 2009, debi_z Springfield, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
i have never ordered from buggy crazy. Why am i here now? because by word of mouth, i have NEVER heard anything negative. often you wonder, especially in a gardening community where so and so knows so and so, if the comments are 100%,55% or 20% based on truth.
i would like to say that in her case the crazy bug is definately hip, happening and helpful in her gardening business.
congratulations buggy crazy. you are what good customer service and business is all about.
good luck with your new restructuring in your business.
a satisfied non-customer with future 1st time designs.