Friday, May 11, 2007

You get what you pay for, part 3...then at the other end of the mailorder nursery spectrum is a company like Klehm's Song Sparrow Nursery , who may charge a lot for shipping, but look at the size of these boxes! Funny, I don't remember ordering trees! Actually, I didn't....
...indoors, I open these tall boxes to find more tall boxes inside! These plants are uber-protected! Opened these boxes...
...here's my new friend, syringa vulgaris 'Aucubaefolia', variegated lilac. Cool....also ordered were 'Blue Moon' wisteria (hardy to zone 3!), 'Little Lamb' hydrangea, and to ship in fall, 'Green Halo' peony. Was this packaging worth the $21.00 it cost? I think so! Will I order anything but rare-ish stuff I can't find elsewhere...um...no. But friends, when these folks hook it up, they really hook it up!

5 comments:

snappy said...

How did they fit that plant in the box?its like a magicians trick dissapearing the assistant.I love the plants you ordered.Wisteria (desperate housewifes?), Hydangea, and Syringa Vulgaris.
I think you have some British gardening blood in you Lisa.They are very English garden Shrubs.And i cant wait for them to be in situ, and photographed!!

Entangled said...

I'm always amazed at Song Sparrow's packaging. (And their plants.) Now I'm regretting that I didn't order anything from them this year. Can't wait to see your lilac in its new home!

Gotta Garden said...

A variegated lilac! Now, that's cool!! Don't they have some wonderful looking peonies! I haven't ordered from them but your experience sure speaks well.

lisa said...

Thanks Snappy! I'm excited to see this stuff get going too!

Entangled-I'm really Happy with Song Sparrow's stuff, but the prices once you add shipping can be a bit prohibitive. I don't order from them every year, for sure!

GG-Their peonies are the best anywhere! Great sized, and they bloom the following spring like clockwork!

Ki said...

Yikes, that's almost too much the other way from Michigan Bulb. A little overkill perhaps? It's like the Japanese who like packaging. You have boxes in boxes then the object is wrapped in paper and the outside is also wrapped in some gorgeous paper then clear plastic wrapped around everything. Often times the packaging looks better than the actual object. :)