After my recent post gushing about the GORGEOUS Myrtle's Folly dahlia from Breck's and the sad fact that neither of two Santa Claus dahlias came up, many of you commented that I should contact Breck's. You are all correct. I need to do that. I had a dud order last year from Breck's, which I told you about and this year only 50% of the dahlias I ordered came up. That is really not acceptable, so I decided to take precious hours of my free time to search last year's orders and posts to see what the Duds were so I could contact Breck's to let them know of my dissatisfaction.
In the past, they have been wonderful about replacement orders. I can't fault them for that. With no questions asked, they have replaced or credited any plant that did not perform as they said it would. My big peeve is that I don't want to have to take the time to write and complain--I am getting older--my time on this earth is limited and I really don't want to waste a minute of it complaining to Breck's. I want their products to perform as stated. But you are all correct in saying that I really should write to them and let them know that I have not been happy. So I have spent the better part of two days of my after-work-hours searching my blog to find out what I ordered and what died.
In 2010, I was thrilled to get this Pineapple Lily bloom, even though it was nothing like the catalog picture. The second pineapple lily barely came up, but I had high hopes for this year.
Fast forward to 2011- I have been waiting so long for the Pineapple Lilies to come back, that the pots have gotten moldy from watering. It is now almost mid-August and nothing has appeared.
In 2010 I also ordered this Rembrandt dahlia collection.
and only 3 of the six I received even came up. I was not surprised as they sent some pretty small shriveled up tubers and all but one of the survivors was the uninspring purple/white dahlias that I had plenty of from the order I received of the same collection I placed in 2009.
In 2010 I also ordered a collection of six Elephant Ears - I really only ordered the collection because I wanted a huge black EE and I got a tiny little thing that I could barely see in the planter (If you want to see the mini Elephant Ears, you can click here to read this post from last year.) . Again I thought it would perform better in 2011. WRONG --It did not even come back this year.
I have only two common green Elephant Ears that survived from the collection of six.
So the Breck's Elephant Ear collection was another total waste of money.
From my order this spring of 2 dahlias from 3 varieties, :
2 Santa Claus dahlia tubers and 1 Trebbiano dahlia tuber did not even come up. So I had the same 50% success rate, that I had with last year's order of dahlias. NOT acceptable.
Here are the two urns with Trebbianos. As you can see the one on the right has no dahlia.
Last year the Rembrandt dahlia collection I ordered produced this gorgeous red/white specimen:
The 50% first year success rate for Breck's dahlias ends up being just 25% after two years. I am so disappointed that I have not ordered anything from this company for fall delivery.
So I am planning to send an email to Breck's this weekend with a link to this post. I will let you know what happens.
My Weekend Goal was to Make a Bench Pillow - I am happy to report that I accomplished that goal!
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