[gardeners] Hollyhocks for Liz

drusus@golden.net (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 30 Jan 1998 16:04:18 -0500

Lindenberg's in Manitoba has a very nice perennial single hollyhock,
vaRIEous clours but with some reds (wasn't that the colour you wanted?
can't remember) which they claim will bloom the 1st year.  I tend to trust
them.  They are one of the cheapest companies around - old family
operation, very small scale.  Seeds run .60 for most veggies to about 1.95
but most are under $1.00.  Given the present exchange rates, that's very
cheap for US types.  

This year they have a Moravian peony (fernleaf or tenufolia plena) for
19.99 -- other nurseries want 50-60.00.  Some of the low cost is pretty
obvious - newsprint catalogue, hiring the relatives, but it really makes me
wonder about the profit margin (=greed) of some of the upscale mail order
companies.  Lindenbergs stuff is very reliable and their service is really
good.  Anyway, I'm sending them an order for a few things -- how can I not
support such an enterprise?  We are still keeping things simple in the
garden this year.  Very simple.  Put a catalogue in front of my face and I
pull out my checkbook.

Lucinda, still looking for  winter melon seeds.