Ordinarily, you are right. If I see an entire nursery full of crap, I walk
around just in case, but if I see a clearance section where all I have to do is
cut the thing back and water/fertilize the poor thing, I will may times buy
excellent bargains for 24 cents. I bought many trees this way, also. However,
I agree with the nurturing for years. Nothing I buy is that down the road of
Need a good, cheap, knowledge expanding present for yourself or a friend?
Are you sure you aren't a used car salesman, Henny?
Obviously, your definition of "excellent" is on a par much lower than the
actual definition of excellent. Well grown garbage plants are still garbage
regardless of how you try to pass them off.
On Sat, 11 Sep 2004 14:34:58 GMT, "Cereus-validus"
I have mixed feelings about this. Frank's is pretty much where I got
my start at gardening, and I still remember the joy I got out of my
first plantings and containers.
As I've gotten more experienced I've spread out beyond Franks, as well
as Lowe's and Home Depot. There are a lot of fine local nurseries,
some with excellent prices. I still stop in Franks, Lowe's and HD,
but more for potting soil or other implements, and I still like to
walk around the plant section for the occasional sale.
Lowe does seem to be the best at indoor plants in my area, S.Jersey.
I haven't found any other place else that has any selection or
quality. Franks has long ago gone downhill in that department, though
I'd still call it second best there. Maybe I'm just not looking in
the right places. Not that I really need any more indoor plants mind
The spring bulbs section is what I enjoyed the most about Franks.
Most local nurseries seem to have a meager section. Its almost as if
bulbs were an afterthought. Franks had a nice layout, and I always
wanted to plant everything I saw. Come to think of it, where am I
going to buy my Jan Reus tulips this year? I'll have to look online.
While I was out shopping this afternoon I stopped by my
local Frank's to see if they were having their going out of
business sale yet. There was a notice on the door about the
Chapter 11 filing and signs all over the store that said ALL
SALES FINAL, NO RETURNS but there was nothing about an
upcoming going out of business sale. I asked one of the
employees when that sale is going to happen and she said,
"we haven't been told yet but we are guessing that is will
start by the end of the month".
It is sad to see so many people losing their jobs (over a
dozen in that store, some have already left).
I also have mixed feeling about them going out of business
but quite frankly my local Frank's has got so bad in the
last couple of years I knew it was going to happen. Several
times last Christmas and again this spring I had serious
problems with service at Frank's. When I relayed those
problems and concerns to the manager he did not seem to care
or take any action to correct the problem. After that
(early June), I stopped shopping there and apparently so did
a lot of other people.
You hate 'em yet you make it profitable for them by going there to
"rescue" plants. As long as people don't care enough about the poor care
to stop buying the plants, HD will never have any reason to improve their
I try never to buy anything from Lowes or Home Depot unless I really want
somethning common as dirty, that has not been there so long it is getting
unhealthy, & which is WAY cheaper than at my favorite nurseries. If it
does not meet all these criteria, I support local independent nurseries.
Though to be fair, our local Lowes takes great good care of their plants.
Walmart just lets them die & I no longer even bother to drive into their
strip mall for anyhthing whatsoever, but I still do sometimes get things
from Lowes or Home Depot. Home Depot is a mixed bag; the stuff they put
outside dries up rapidly, the stuff indoors they manage to keep watered.
But even if these places did all of it rather better, I'd still rather
support independent nurseries that have better & broader stocks to choose
from. At independent nurseries, I've gotten so many perks & freebies &
assistance on so many occasions by being a familiar face with a cart of
plants, but at chains there's no getting to know even the workers let
alone the distant owners.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
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