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On May 22, 2013, daylilly99 northern, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on May 20, 2013, updated May 22, 2013
Bought a bagged plant of Fat Concubine from this company two years ago. It finally bloomed this year and it is pathetic. I don't think it can possibly be the right plant. Never again.
On May 22nd, 2013, daylilly99 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I owe this company an apology. For some reason the first blossom looked nothing like a big double white bloom. Now, several days later, the blooms look completely different and I believe this is the correct plant.
I met Kathleen (the owner) at a farmers' market in the town I moved to in 2007 and, though I could not get it together to plant that fall, I did place an order for 10 peonies the following year. She was very patient and helped me select fragrant varieties and I received absolutely first-rate roots. All but one came up and are thriving -- I will be back now that the building site is turning to garden once again. The only possible quibble I'd have is the no-replacement policy, but having seen how people garden when they do it two weekends a year, I suppose a small grower does what needs to be done.
Amazing place, nestled in a cozy clearing in middle of huge trees - in a cute old town -great display garden and the owner, Kathleen was very knowledgeable and helpful & shared a bit about the forms and characteristics and the advantages of being on OWN ROOTS.. I was looking for fragrant upright TREE PEONY. She located a blooming Fragrant Jade in the field and i got to see its shape and experience the fragrance. I bought a huge 5-7 branched FRAGRANT JADE tree peony in an extra deep pot for $99 [own roots/not grafted]. Decent price, considering others in same age/range can be much more at other nurseries. specimen looks very healthy AND is on its OWN ROOTS and I can't wait to see it grow! lots n lots to choose from and i could've gone BLIND from the huge selections of both TREE and HERBACEOUS. the fields were rich and well managed the shipping/packing and labeling area sharply organized. She really loves her peonies-it shows.
- she also threw in a bonus of a small bottle of fish emulsion to start my tree off and let me take a few shovels of mushroom compost from her massive mound -talk about customer service!! I will be back to catch the peak of blooms in a few weeks.