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|On Feb 3, 2021, karenpadgett Paoli, IN wrote:
Have placed orders the last two years. Seed germination was excellent. Plants grow very well here in hot and humid southern IN, and I have 3 flushes of bloom a year. My order of seeds this time arrived faster than I would have thought possible, with germination occurring within two weeks. I know they have changed hands, and there may be a learning curve for the new folks, but I will continue to order.
|On Aug 5, 2014, Gallivanting1 Edmonton, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:
Friendly and very helpful. I ordered 3 packets of seeds - 1 for each variety. My germination success rate was about 50% but then I've never had much luck with seeds so I was impressed. The delphiniums are beautiful. I'm hoping they survive the winter and come back again next year!
|On Dec 16, 2012, 2122cedar Northport, WA wrote:
I was amused when I ordered one packet of seed and received two in about Jan or Feb, 2012! She must have thought me a bit simple to order one packet. Anyway, it was just perfect. I have a friend who is super at starting seed, unlike me. so I gave her one packet. She had all her seeds germinate and I ended up with five that grew for me. One was spectacular, Mauve, and grew in the one season all the way to maturity, blooming in August in Zone 5. A white one also caught up just at the end of the season. My buddy gave me four of hers, so I now have 9 Dowdswells Delphiniums to show off. I started some other seed as well, but this NZ seed and the resulting plants are Superior to any I have grown or purchased before. Thank you Mrs. Dowdswell!
|On Mar 13, 2012, Oberon46 (Mary) Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:
I haven't had much luck with delphiniums up here so when I heard about this company I ordered a packet of 25 seeds. Received them very quickly. They even sent another packet of more seeds than I had ordered as a gift. I was blown away. I have read the detailed information on planting and can hardly wait to see the results.
|On Aug 14, 2011, itsahobby Cambridge,
I live in Ontario, Canada, but 2 years ago I visited RHS Wisley in the UK and saw the Delphinium trials. I longed to know where the plants/seeds are available and now discover it is this company. I am going to purchase plants this week and order seeds for next year. If the results are even half as stunning as the ones I saw at Wisley I will be very happy.
|On Jun 26, 2011, hillfarm Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:
Posted on September 27, 2010, updated June 26, 2011
On June 26th, 2011, hillfarm added the following:
Update: Excellent germination; big healthy plants. A few already making bloom spikes (from seeds started in January). Excited about seeing what these look like in a year or two!
|On Feb 23, 2011, PinetopPlanter Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on April 6, 2010, updated February 23, 2011
On February 23rd, 2011, PinetopPlanter added the following:
A couple more comments about this company. I ordered some more seed this year; WITHIN A WEEK, I had the seed. This is all the way from New Zealand. Amazing. Another comment: I had ordered some seed around August of last year in anticipation of planting early this year. As they suggest, I kept the seeds in my refrigerator until about two weeks ago. I would estimate at least 85% germination on the two varieties I planted, possibly 90%. Really exceptional seed, and obviously well handled from harvest to selling.
|On Jun 5, 2009, blueming Seattle, WA wrote:
I have been ordering seeds and growing Dowdeswell's Delphinium annually for over 12 years. Their seeds have great germination rates and produce strong plants in colors as advertised. The deep blues are fabulous (my favorites). Their delphinium are better than any plants you can buy or grow from US- or English-sourced seed. Janice and Terry Dowdeswell have created a stunning website and offer the best delphinium seed order source bar none. Great products, great service, and the best blue flowers on the planet.
|On May 13, 2009, kellytravels2000 Parksville,
I haven't even gotten as far as physically ordering from Terry and Janice yet and I love them as dearly as family. I've been emailing and they always send personalized word back immediately, they share helpful tips and have a great family blog wherein you can mutually share in how they are most lovely and down to earth people. I wish all plant producers could be as fantastic as they are they really do take wonderful care of you... Can't say enough!
|On Apr 2, 2009, sandstreet Kinderhook, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
Bought seed in summer of 2008. Excellent transaction. Stored in Freezer. Winter sowed in Feb 2009. Germinating very well in March. Love the website with the detailed information. All in all, excellent experience. Can't wait to see my "Gift" seeds that were the surpise included in the order.
|On Mar 27, 2009, francine60 San Leandro, CA wrote:
Love this company, their seeds and their website. If I ever get to NZ, I will make a it a point to visit them. I woud love to see their delphiniums in person
|On Mar 25, 2009, tobycat Gettysburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have purchased seeds from this company for many years and had excellent results in New York state (zone 5) and Pennsylvania (zones 6 and 7). The germination is excellent and the plants healthy and beautiful, blooming the first year and expanding significantly in subsequent years. Their customer service is excellent and they are very pleasant people to work with. There is always a free 'gift mix' of seeds included with the order which yields many fun surprises. I grow hundreds of seedlings every year, and this is the best seed company I've found.
|On Feb 25, 2009, Catherine70 Victoria,
I must concur with all the other posts. This company is a joy to do business with. Prices are very reasonable, shipping is prompt and customer service is attentive. And their website is a visual feast.
|On Mar 18, 2008, sjms Keene, NH (Zone 5a) wrote:
I just love looking at this website, and ooohing and aaahing over all the beautiful delphiniums. Have ordered several times from them and always have had great luck with these delphiniums- they are just the best. Service is quick- folks are friendly...and good humored!
|On Jan 28, 2008, DRH2 Brunswick, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
I've been ordering from Dowdeswell's for several years. Very responsive to questions, prices are very good for the quantity of seed. They are one of the premier delphinium growers in the world of the D. elatum types. This year they shipped seeds in a package that even had a stamp featuring one of their delphinium varieties. I've had excellent germination results!
|On Jan 27, 2008, rachierabbit Olympia, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Dowdeswell's is an A+ mail order company. They answered my questions via email quickly and thoroughly. The seeds arrived and where packaged very well and they included wonderful information about storing the seed and growing delphiniums. I will definitely order from them in the future. They also have a colorful, easy to navigate website.
|On Mar 8, 2007, grrrnthumb Marysville, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Great company! They have tons of really detailed info about growing delphiniums. Fresh seed; we had quick germination at a high rate. They quickly answered both my questions by email. The detailed care sheet they sent with the seed was even tailored with some anti-fungal info for my specific area (Pacific Northwest USA).