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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Boxes o' Plants

Almost as good as plant sale season is buying plants online from a vendor you know is tip-top.

First up is Annie's Annuals.

Oh boy, what's in the box?

Such perfect packaging -- everything fits snugly

Each side contains three plants and lifts out easily

After carefully taking the cardboard apart, you're left with a plant that is wrapped in a paper "diaper" rubber-banded in place

And the second box o' plants is from Far Reaches Farm.

Lots of paper keeps the contents from shifting

Every plant is individually wrapped in brown paper

Second layer

After removing the brown paper, each plant is also wrapped in a paper "diaper/shawl" and a plastic bag/sleeve

So, what did I buy?

From Annie's:

Ferraria schaeferi 'Dark Chocolate'

Verbascum olympicum

Lysimachia atropurpurea

And from Far Reaches Farm:

Saxifraga paniculata 'Rosea'

Monardella macrantha 'Marion Sampson'

Also, not pictured because they look like pots of dirt, which requires little imagination: Allium wallichii ex China and Rhodiola integrifolia, but you can follow the links to see what they look like in the garden.


  1. Yay! I've had a few deliveries of my own of late, including 2 almost forgotten orders of bulbs placed in January. I've got another Annie's order in the works too. I'm glad you got yourself a Ferraria! Happy planting!

  2. That's a lot of very elaborate packaging, and it certainly works to keep the plants in good shape for shipping!

  3. Few things make me happier than the arrival of a box of plants! Enjoy! Still waiting for mine.

  4. It's so much fun to get plants in the mail. Happy planting.


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