I love a well-packed freebie

by Susan Harris on April 27, 2011

They're always better when they're free.

The other day I came home to find two boxes on my front porch, which thankfully I opened right away because they contained precious cargo – free plants!  The perks of garden-writing are modest, but always appreciated.  So thanks to C. Raker & Sons in Michigan for this unexpected treat.

What’s (very well) packed in these yellow shipping cells?  6 Petunias ‘Wave Purple Improved Spreading’; 6 Petunias ‘Shock Coral Crush’; 6 Marigold ‘Bonanza Deep Orange’; 6 Angelonia ‘Serena Blue’; 6 Begonia ‘Gryphon’; and 6 ‘Angelwing’ Begonia.

More cool packing was revealed – each plant is growing in one of these SoilWrap Plantable Pots, which go right in the soil.  Hope they work because I hate bringing home black plastic containers that I then have to figure out how to dispose of responsibly. Ugh.

They’re almost all planted now, most of them in containers, and I’ll post photos when they’re  a little larger.  But they’re also in borders, where I’m hoping they’ll fill in newly enlarged perennial borders that aren’t full yet.  You know how it is with perennials – first year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap?  So until they leap, supplementing the borders with annuals is worth a try, especially when most of them were free.


Hughes ap Williams May 4, 2011 at 9:20 am

I love your blog which I recently discovered through Time Goes By.

As a long-time freelance journalist, I would like to mention to any non-journalist readers that any items you receive in relation to your garden-writing are not exactly free.

The persons who have provided these items expect that there will be a mention of their product in your blog and, maybe, a link. The good thing is that they have enough faith in their product to feel that your comments will be positive.

Many of my clients are firm about writers not accepting any “gifts” of this nature, but you have disclosed that you received these items. The larger publishers even apply this rule to their unpaid columnists/bloggers.

Balazs Smal May 15, 2011 at 10:05 am

This SoilWrap Plantable Pot is a great idea. I am in gardening for a decade but I have only seen plantable bags mad of a certain paper – kind of material or cotton bags. (In case of pine trees.)

Unfortunately we do not have it in Hungary so far but I tried to order some on eBay.

Thomas Rainer May 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

Ahh, to be such a famous blogger that people actually send me plants. I have enough plant lust to not be bothered with ‘journalistic’ standards. It’s a garden blog, not the Washington Post! Although I do admire bloggers who resist advertising on their blogs. Enjoy your freebies!

Nastarana May 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm

About the black plastic pots, rose growers crave them. We get our mail order roses in small bands which we plant into black plastic pots. Black, because the color absorbs warmth which in turns promotes root growth. You must have some rosarian garden buddies among your acquaintance who would gladly take the pots off your hands.

Jen at TheGreenNinja July 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm

What a wonderful goodie to find on your front porch! They will be beautiful!

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