I neglected to write about three catalogs that arrived at home earlier this week, mainly because I kept forgetting to bring them into work. Let's get them officially into the tally:
1. Van Bourgondien
This one has its own spokeswoman -- "The Bulb Lady," whom I interviewed for a story a few years ago. Debbie Van Bourgondien (pronounced: bore'-gone-deen) really does know her bulbs, but the catalog sells plants with other kinds of roots, too.
Butterfly Tulip mix, Page 8: "Commonly referred to as the 'Mariposa Lily' ... Iridescent flowers in all colors grow atop slender, grass-like foliage."
Green Envy coneflowers: "Green with a purple flush at the base. When mature the entire petal will change to a mauve."
And they've got lots of nice dahlias, but I don't grow dahlias, so there it is.
2. Roots & Rhizomes
"Specializing in choice daylilies, Siberian iris, hostas and perennials for the discriminating gardener."
Since I consider myself as discriminating as the next guy, I decided to have a look. Daylilies in every color, ruffled, double, reblooming, diploid, tetraploid, you get the point.
I flipped through quickly but stopped on Page 15, where I eyed the Shamrock Double Grape "Diploid, midseason. One of our favorite double daylilies. Carnation-like 4 1/2 inch double blossoms are bright grape-purple with darker centers. Light ruffles border the petals and antique white veining provides added definintion." I might have to break down and order some of these. They're 3 for $15.
They've also got a nice selection of ruffled irises, many of which are new to me, and some standout perennials, especially Centaurea pulchra major, Page 35, Echinacea "Green Envy," see above, and some cool shasta daisies.
"Garden products that are safe for people, plants and pets."
This one is big on micronutrients, especially its namesake, sold on Page 5 for $11.95 a bottle (volume discounts available) and fertilizers. Photos of side-by-side comparisons of treated vs. untreated plants, and sprayers, animal repellents and gadgets dominate the pages. I like the spiral tomato cage that collapses flat for storage (Page 17).