Maybe it was early onset Spring Fever... but i did it. In early February, i tempted fate and granted the mail-order plant company with one of the worst reputations about $39 of my own money in exchange for some miniature citrus plants.
According to my account, the plants will begin being shipped within a few days:
I'm not expecting the Rutaceaen version of a mighty sequoia to be shipped to me in a box with fruit ready to be harvested... but i would like to get more than a scale covered stick that dies within 2 weeks.
I have ordered from them before, with so-so results. I admit, at the time i ordered from them, i was even more a novice then than i am now. Some of he items came bare root and looked like something i fished out of a clogged sink... but other things looked fine.
If i remember correctly i got some Japanese Toad Lilies, some English daisies, Ranunculus and i ordered some Manchurian Apricots.
The toad lilies did well enough and bloomed the year i got them. I think the bare root daisy may have had a better shot had i known what i was doing. But it was a bust.
The ranunculus grew but never flowered.
The apricots never arrived. I was told they were backordered, and when it was shipped, i was sent a really nice looking forsythia by mistake. I was told i could keep it, so i gave it to my parents- but they never planted it. That really bugged me because it was actually pretty nice.
They ended up sending me a store credit for the price of the apricots (about $7) that i never used, because the following spring they had filed for reorganisation bankruptcy or sale - and were shutting down during that time. So i kept the voucher but never used it. I had planned on buying their multi packs of old fashioned lilacs with that voucher, but in a way i'm glad i did not because when we bought the new yard, i ended up with more lilacs than i could give away!
But i will try to be optimistic that i get the correct items, that they arrive healthy, if probably smaller than i'd like, and they ship quickly because our weather is a bit odd in this "El Nino" year.
I am eagerly awaiting my Richters order. I want to get some of those seeds started. A number of them are hardy types that can be sown now. I got the ship notification on the 9th, so it should only be a few more days.
I think everything in the greenhouses did ok overnight. Before it got too cold, i put a heavy blanket over each one just to keep in whatever heat the containers had absorbed.
Pruden's Purple tomatoes
Yellow Pear tomatoes
Welsh onions and Mirage shallots
Collards... i should have had faith and sown one seed per pellet. Now i have to thin them. Glad i only sowed two seeds each. I have had great luck storing seeds, so i tend to think of every thinned seedling as a whole plant wasted since i can keep my seeds in high germination ratios for many years.
in the back i can see the tag for the Oregano, but no sprouts... on the right, i can't remember what that is and i can't see the tag, but its obviously some sort of cole crop.
See why i need to write everything down? lol
Finally, the Rosemary... it has been cold, but they have made it very well. Now that i have the light setup, i might bring them inside. I will need to pot them up soon or i will damage them too much if their roots get tangled.
The Electric Fence kit i bought from Tractor Supply has come in, i just need to go pick it up. Maybe later today. There is no real rush since i can't install it yet- nothing to guard.... and i don't want to have it too long before installing in case the warrantee is too short. I have at least 30 days before i will need it and most return policies are "within 30 days". So i won't get it until we can test it some weekend. Lay it out and make sure it is sturdy and complete.
I saw my first cabbage butterfly yesterday... i felt kind of bad giving it the stink eye as it merrily fluttered across the yard. I covet my future broccoli and cabbage plants, if the electric fence keeps the woodchucks out, i don't want to lose everything else to caterpillars! Even with the row covers, i don't want to have to use a bunch of bug killers to fend off a plague.
Soon i have to clean out the Worm Farm. The red wigglers have been happily munching away at kitchen scraps all winter. The topmost bin is looking quite full. I am not sure i know how to remove all that black gold without losing half my worms. Its too cold for them to live up here through winter, so if i lose any to the garden they won't last. I know they are just worms, but they do such a good job :0)
Well i have cleaning to do and if i get it done before nap time is over, i might get to read a little too! Yay.