I rarely buy plants at full price. But, when I want a particular speciman plant, I usually have to order it from a catalog or online which means full price. That’s why I like to pick a nursery with an excellent reputation and a money back guarantee to back it up. I chose Springhill Nursery because they have a lifetime guarantee. I am not really sure what that means but I figure it will cover the all-important first year. I have ordered from a bargain nursery for even garden variety bulbs and plants and have never been happy. So when I landscaped the front of the house, I wanted a specific tree that was only available through the mail. A weeping redbud. In full bloom they look like this:
This isn’t mine. Mine looks like this:
When I first got it, it arrived in a long thin box and I didn’t see it until about 9PM. My mother was with me and when we opened the box, I was amazed. The tree was supple and the root system was full and gorgeous. It pays to pay for quality. When I planted it in February it was just a twig sticking out of the ground. My sister with the black thumbs called it a stick for a couple of months until it sprouted leaves. She was then shocked that it was really alive.
Anyway, this little tree has withstood the summer heat beautifully. I have supplemented with 1 gallon of water a week and I can’t wait to see it this spring when it is covered with gorgeous purple blooms.
Happy gardening and remember to “bee” happy!