Well after the excitement of my big fruit tree delivery from Daleys yesterday (which lost some of it’s gloss when i found scale on several plants), today my herb seedlings arrived from Four Season herbs.
I must admit my expectations were probably a little high after the Daley’s packages, but the two small Express Post boxes given to me by Australia Post had me wondering if I had the right boxes.
After unpacking them, the main photo (sans the seedling tray peeking out the back) is what my money had bought me. Compare that picture of 27 plants, the second picture, which shows the 15 (give or take a few out of shot, plus some ring-ins, in shot) Daley’s plants I received yesterday. But, the Daley’s order cost over twice as much as today’s order, so the question is, do lots of little plants beat a few big plants, or vice versa?
I’m a bit worried about whether some of the small ones will live. Not from the point of view that they are about to die, on the contrary, they al look quite healthy, but just that they are so you, they have yet to get out of their training pants and into the big wide world, which as we know, is cruel and harsh. The 3rd picture is one of the more expensive plants – a Lemon Scented Myrtle, which I had a hard time finding available anywhere else, and it’s barely got it’s first 2 leaves! Would you say that is worth $10.45?
It seems I should have investigated a little more as to what size the plants actually were, but I guess that’s my first lesson in buying plants online. The next plant is Stevia, which at $11 is the most expensive I bought, but at least it looks a little more advanced, so it might not die at the first sneeze.
The last picture is the purslane’s. I purchased one just to tip the order over the $150 (which also included $28 in seeds) needed for free delivery, and they kindly threw in a second one for free :P
I don;t mean this to sound like a whine. Nothing Four Seasons did was wrong, and their customer service was very friendly. My expectations were just for some more advanced plants for the prices. its more just a case of ‘fools rush in…’ for me. If everything lives and flourishes, then I’ll be very happy with my purchases.
But at least I’ve hit the magic 100 plantings mark with the last of these plants being entered, so WOOHOO :)
Live long, and prosper!
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Mentha x piperita f. citrata