Last fall I ordered tons of perennials, shrubs and trees from various mail order suppliers, such as Michigan Bulb, Burgess and Arbor Day Foundation. I received three of those orders yesterday. I now have about 50 bulbs, perennials and shrubs to put in the ground today! I have never ordered from the discount suppliers before (Farmerseed, Burgess, Honeycreek) and I wanted to give them a try. Could they send me quality potted plants and rooted cuttings for a bargain price? The answer, apparently, is yes!
Notice the protective packaging they put the hydrangeas and butterfly bushes in. Pretty clever, eh? I inspected each of the plants last night as I separated them into boxes according to their final location. I found that they all survived shipping very well, even the very long stick-like Beauty Berry shrub. The bags contain the various lily bulbs, hostas and bare-root plants I ordered. If you've never ordered from any of the above companies, I highly recommend that you do.
This is only about a third of the plants and trees I ordered. There are many more to come...sigh. Although I complain about the planting work, I am thrilled to be working with such a large landscaping palette for the first time this year. I get to plant the plants I like and put them where I want them. I am not limited by size either, which is a big change for me. Moving from a tiny city lot to a huge country home is almost a shock to this gardener's system!
It's going to be a nice sunny spring day here at the Twelve Acres, just perfect for digging in the dirt. There is still a bit of snow on the ground from the last storm that passed through. But the sun will quickly melt it and then I can get out there and start planting. We are predicted to have rain tomorrow evening which will be perfect for watering in all the new transplants. I love it when the weather cooperates with my plans.