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Re: plant sale

That brings back some memories. When I was a young, stay at home mother
with three children...I ordered from Michigan Bulb because it seemed
affordable. My luck with them was about 75%...but they sent very small
plants and you really had to baby them. After 2 years of buying from
them...I quit and started supporting a local nursery that was
reasonable...and started growing flowers from seeds.

----- Original Message ----
From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2008 6:18:55 PM
Subject: [CHAT] plant sale

I had my annual plant sale this weekend. I took in $1700, of which about 
$1500 was plants.  I have 20 pots left.

A nice young girl stopped by late this afternonn hoping to pick out a few 
plants.  She explained that she was newly married and they have their first 
home and she wanted to try her hand at gardening, but she was afraid she 
wasn't very good at it.  She bought a package deal of 100 bulbs and plants 
from MICHIGAN BULB last year and only 6 are showing any sign of life.  Even 
the Lily of the Valley isn't up yet.  I told her to stop buying from MB and 
gave her a couple of relatively inexpensive catlogues from reliable 
mailorder nurseries.  Then I dug up about a 15 inch square chunk of Lily of 
the Valley for her.

I had hoped when Gardens Alive took over the Michigan Bulb group that they 
would clean it up a little instead of continuing shady practices with, for 
the most part, crap products.  MB is where a lot of newbies start because 
they see it in the Sunday paper.  Then when things go wrong, they think it's 
their own fault, are dejected, and quit.  I really hate that.

neIN, Zone 5 

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