They’re Blooming

When I went to Av’s parents’ home for a lunch date this week, I noticed that they have lots and lots of daffodils just about to bloom:
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This is the first one to open:
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All this flower activity – their daffodils, our outside paperwhites and camellia, a neighbor’s Japanese magnolia starting to bloom – has really got me in the mood to start placing orders in some of the plant/seed catalogs I’ve been getting.

The main big thing I want to plant this Spring is a couple of ‘Pink Perfection’ camellias. I really fell in love with that variety last year when we visited the Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville (that post here), where we saw hundreds or maybe thousands of those beautiful blooms. Here are a couple of pics I took there:

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When I did a search for ‘Pink Perfection’ camellias, one of the nurseries that popped up was one in Georgia that I was thinking of going to, especially because they’re just one state away and have these available right now in the 15 gallon size – but after I Googled that particular nursery, I saw some *very* bad reviews which led me to their Better Business Bureau rating (here). Scary!

I know the BBB is on television a lot advising people to check out companies before doing business with them – which I did when it came to picking our plumbing and heating/electrical companies – but it just didn’t occur to me to check out a plant nursery…

I was looking forward to a little roadtrip to Georgia, but now I’m going to look a little harder and see if I can find a place more local that I can support. That’s really what I should be doing anyway!

Suzanne wants us to drive out to Jemison, Alabama, to a place called “Petals from the Past“. They specialize in heirloom shrubs and antique roses (I love cabbage roses, especially), herbs, etc. Now that I’m looking at their website, I’m interested in tea olive, the American Beauty climbing rose, Swamp rose 1824, moon vine, and maybe even a couple of satsumas (satsumas are like sweet, sweet oranges)…

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