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Down on the Farm - It's Time to Engage the Gears
Spring Bulbs Blooming at White Flower Farm
 

Dear Gardening Friend,

Unless you live in Bemidji, Minnesota, winter is over and the garden season is under way. That doesn't leave (or shouldn't) a lot of time for sitting at the computer terminal, at least not in daylight. Respecting your schedule, we will keep our message focused.

We offer herewith a choice. Once you have given your garden a good looking over and decided on a plan for the present year, there are two possible actions.

1. Climb in your car and burn $4.25/gallon gasoline wandering around local garden centers to see whether they have what you need, what sort of shape it is in, and whether they have staff who can advise you on special needs, if any. Estimated time to complete mission - who knows?

2. Click here, select from 800 varieties of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, vegetables, herbs, tools and supplies. They will arrive in superb condition, with detailed information for their installation and care, at exactly the date you require and WE TURN ORDERS AROUND FAST. Results are assured, since every plant we deliver is guaranteed without condition. Estimated time to complete mission - 1/2 hour max.
 
'Wings Over Water' Siberian Iris Collection
 

The pretty blooms of 'Flight of the Butterflies' create a cascading effect.
The pretty blooms of 'Flight of the Butterflies' create a cascading effect.
 
WILL YOU PLEASE HELP US REPAIR A STUPID MISTAKE?
A long-time favorite plant in our offering is the lovely Siberian Iris named 'Flight of Butterflies'. It's a delicate thing whose fretted June blooms and grassy foliage mask a durable character that makes this an ideal plant for difficult sites. Over the years, we have sold many thousands and have enjoyed this beauty in several different locations in our own gardens. Several years back, we dug too deeply into our stock and decided to pull 'Flight of Butterflies' out of the list while we rebuilt inventory. As of November 2010, we had a considerable stock tucked away in the freezers and expected to welcome this charming variety back to the catalogue next spring. But earlier this month, the boxes of plants had disappeared, perhaps victims of a hasty clearing out by new staff members. As of this moment, we are entirely OUT OF STOCK on a truly marvelous plant with a long history on this property.

The person to blame is, of course, the undersigned, that being the curse of the proprietor. But there may be a solution to be found among our friends who occasionally read these messages. If you have 'Flight of Butterflies' in your garden, would you consider selling us a few of your divisions? Simply dig and divide your plants (a practice recommended every couple of years, probably after their June flowering), send some to us, and put the rest back where they belong. We will offer a $5 purchase credit per viable division and will provide shipping instructions if you will please first respond to Michelle@whiteflowerfarm.com. Thanks for your willingness to help. This is not our proudest moment.


   
The Unique 50 Daylily Mix
 

A MATTER OF URGENCY
It's a good idea for farmers to stay out of political discussions, where our views tend toward the traditional. Accordingly we will not explain the following proposal, except to say that it is, for us, a matter of common sense and some urgency.

Two of our most popular perennials collections are the Unique 50, an assembly of 50 different named varieties of Daylilies that make a superb and long-blooming summer display and the Emerald Isle, a carefully chosen grouping of Hostas whose cool beauty and sturdy dispositions provide an elegant solution for most shady spots. The pictures here tell the esthetic story better than words and you can click on either name for details.

For the next 10 days, for reasons you will understand, we will donate $5 to the public radio station of your choice for each of these collections on your order. This approach will bind together several of our favorite things in a symbiotic relationship that will cost you nothing and will benefit public broadcast at what has become a very difficult time. When you order, please indicate the call letters and city of your station (use the comment box if ordering online), and we will pass along the $$ promptly. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Amos Pettingill
 


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P.O. Box 50
Litchfield, CT 06759
1-800-503-9624
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