I’m trying to get through all these mail order catalogs. Over the years I’m getting better but there are still only a few that I right out throw to the trash. Michigan Bulb and Burgess are two that go on the fast track to recycling…. maybe a reincarnation as toilet paper or anything else more useful than their current state. The rest all stand half a chance on the growing pile of winter reading material.
If you’re considering a first time order from a new-to-you company, always take the time to check out the garden watchdog at Dave’s Garden. I’m not saying their reviews are the final word on any company, but if 90% percent of the posts are complaints…. well at least you’ll know where to find plenty of company when you end up with a bad experience.
My regulars (a mix of lower prices combined with quality offerings) are Pinetree Garden Seeds, Santa Rosa gardens, Jungs(so-so reviews so be careful), Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, and Fedco Seeds. If the budget was bigger I would add Song Sparrow Farms, Forestfarm, Rarefind nursery, the Lily Garden, Oakes…. they are all worth the extra money for the quality of their offerings, but a budget is a budget.
The rain and warmth of yesterday following the near
The first snowdrop (Galanthus elwesii)
zero temperatures of last week are giving us a roller coaster of a winter. The snowdrops are on their own schedule though, and the first one is officially up today. Galanthus elwesii in case you’re wondering.
The inch of snow must have been enough protection for this drop. In another more exposed spot, the plants look more like snow-drips. Hopefully they will live to bloom another year.
Also open for the first time today, but less photogenic, is the “pallida” witch hazel.
Winter blooms on the witch hazel (Hamamelis ‘pallida’)