Friday, January 18, 2013

Baker Creek Order

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed is another company that I have ordered from on and off over the years.  Last year I placed a small order and was very pleased with the service and results.  While they do charge shipping, they have a flat rate of $3.95 for seed orders.

Thursday night I placed another one of my "fun" orders with them. They have a huge selection of heirloom and very hard to find varieties.  The seeds are not cheap, but reasonable compared to most of the competition.  They do have fairly high seed counts.

Red Express Cabbage CB114 300 seed $2.25- a very early small red 

Grumolo Biondo "Golden" Chicory RC109 250 seed $1.50- does not head like radicchio 

Grumolo Rossa di Verona Chicory RC110 250 seed $1.50- does not head like radicchio  

Gentilina Lettuce LT130 150 seed $2.00- a favorite from last year 

UConn Winter Squash SQ273 30 seed $2.50- a very rare bush acorn 

Legion Of Honor Marigold FL908 150 seed $2.25- quite popular in the 1930's 

Spun Gold Marigold FL469 100 seed $2.50- a favorite from last year  

Balcony Mix Petunia FL562 800 seed $2.50- they have a great strain 

Fire Chief Petunia FL563 200 seed $2.50- a personal favorite 

Stellaris Red and White Star Petunia FL907 400 seed $2.25- been looking for a new supplier 

Bon Bon Zinnia FL827 100 seed $2.50- last year, my most photographed zinnia 

Button Box Zinnia FL837 100 seed $2.50- been looking for a good strain 

Burpee Rose Zinnia FL812 100 seed $2.00- I love giant cactus zinnias!

Pink Senorita Zinnia FL831 100 seed $2.50- my favorite cactus zinnia!

Bellvue Mixed Abutilon FL904 25 seed $2.25- it just jumped into the cart!

As you can see I did not break the bank on this order, even though I could have!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

It's Time for Mountain Maniacs!

My new theme song for 2013...

It's time for Mountain Maniacs,

and we're lazy to the max.

Just sit back and relax,

watch Ed's bean poles collapse,

We're mountain Maniacs!

Come meet the Mountain brothers and the Mountain cousin Spot,

just for fun they around Ed's freshly planted plot.

He locks them in the bower whenever they get caught,

but they get loose, and then vamoose, right through Ed's newly seeded plot.

We are Mountain Maniacs!

We use fertilizer by the sack,

we never can relax,

Ed pays lot's of income tax.

We're Mountain Maniacs!

Come meet Ed's morning glories who want to rule the universe.

When plans come together Mother Nature zaps them with a curse.

Every day is windy, the seasons are in reverse.

We have chapped lips, Ed's disc is slipped, and now he needs a nurse.

We are Mountain Maniacs!

We have chronic, strained sore backs.

We're lazy to the max,

there's manure in our slacks.

We're Mountain Manie,

not urbanie...

Mountain Maniacs...

those are the facts!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Pinetree Garden Seeds Order

I have been ordering on and off over the years since they first opened.  Pinetree's niche has always been smaller, less expensive seed packets for the home gardener.  At one point they were my main seed source.  In recent years I have ordered from them, but not consistently.  Their seed quality has not changed.  Their process are still very low.  their variety selection has increased.

The reason is shipping charges!  When they eliminated their flat rate shipping for seeds my orders and loyalty were seriously impacted.

their current shipping rates are:
up to $9.99: $2.95
$10.00- $19.99: $3.95
$20.00- $39.99: $6.95

Sorry, I just think a three dollar jump is absurd.  It would cost that much more to ship another package of seed?

The years I do place an order it is below $19.99.
This year they do have a $2.00 coupon for online orders, BUT their shipping fees go by the subtotal before the coupon!!!

That being said, I did place an order last night.  It was one of my "fun" orders. Things that I don't need, but would be fun to grow!

283 PURPLE CAYENNE PEPPER 1 $1.35- a fun color for a cayenne pepper 

35 RUBY QUEEN BEET 1 $0.95- a leading variety 

502 MAGICAL MICHAEL BASIL 1 $0.95- supposed to be very ornamental 

51102 RED LETTUCE LEAF BASIL 1 $1.15- an interesting new twist 

65001 FRUITY MIX MARIGOLD 1 $1.25- a 24" citrus colored mix with white 

67707 STARBURST BLAZE SUNFLOWER 1 $1.35- a double red! 

708 PRETTY BONNETS AQUILEGIA 1 $1.60- double picotee blooms 

83601 BURGUNDY FRILLYTUNIA PETUNIA 1 $1.35- very frilled 

85701 MULTIBLOOM SALMON GERANIUM 1 $1.95- an amazing price 

85702 MULTIBLOOM WHITE GERANIUM 1 $1.95- an amazing price 

98 SEA FOAM SWISS CHARD 1 $1.35- more refined taste than older varieties 

W240 PAONAZZA D EGITTO BEET 1 $1.35- a flat, purple Italian beet 

W25702 SPIGARIELLO LISCIA GREENS 1 $1.25- Italian green with broccoli flavored leaves 

W468 BUNCHING ONION CRIMSON FOREST 1 $1.35- a deep red scallion 

Total: $19.15    
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they are as fun as imagine them to be...