I had the wonderful idea of ordering some lovely plants the other day, for my new area. In the past there hasn’t been any problem, you click the button, pay by debit or credit card, sit back , wait 48 hrs, and there they are, being delivered by a friendly van driver.
Not this time though, oh no. First of all, somehow I was debited twice, I e.mailed the nursery and they credited me with the overpayment, so far, so good.. I received an e.mail telling me that my plants would arrive in 48 hrs, ok, so I stayed in all day on the prescribed day, no parcel arrived. We rang the delivery firm and found that for some reason it had been taken off the van in the morning and spent the day in the depot! At 9.30am next morning, the van arrived and a box was handed to the undergardener, but as soon as I saw it and felt the weight, I knew it wasn’t mine, even before I opened it.
On opening it I found three Primula vulgaris Belarina Cobalt Blue and an invoice which said that it was for a lady in Braknell, Berkshire! My order was for 9 beautiful Meconopsis plants. We quickly rang the nursery, who were most apologetic and so embarrassed to have got the orders mixed up, they say it has never happened before. They asked me to repack the order and send it back to them, they would contact the carrier to come and collect the box. Before I repacked the plants, I gave them a bit of fresh air and a drink of water. We were told that my new order will be sent Express mail 24hrs, to arrive Tuesday, but when we explained that on Tuesday, we had to be at our 101 yr old neighbours funeral, we were told that they would send them for Wednesday. I wonder if the lady in Braknell, Berkshire has received my order and if so, has she sent it back? The Primulas were picked up this morning ( Monday, 7th December) so now I just had to wait until Wednesday to see if my package arrives safely.
It is now Tuesday, and we have just got back from our neighbours funeral. We opened the door and there, waiting for us was the form telling us that my parcel had been brought, but on receiving no answer, the driver will deliver it to our local post office which is in the next village!
We waited until we thought the van driver would have finished his round so the Undergardener has just got back with my lovely big box- Hooray! Included in with the invoice was a lovely letter of apology and an extra Meconopsis, this time a white one, so all is forgiven. These Meconopsis are all infertile, so can only be increased with splitting, but they are all truly perennial and should last for years as long as they have plenty of water at the right time of year and plenty of fertiliser. I will have to get a move on now and get their bed ready for them, I can see that tomorrow, weather permitting, I will be out there pulling up yards of ivy and brambles and seeing just how hard it will be to remove the cut back cotoneaster that is in the middle of the bed.
I have just joined the Meconopsis Society, they have 150 members all round the world, mostly in Scotland and the Lake District, but now they have 151 members! I will receive newsletters and lots of other information so I hope to increase my knowledge of these beautiful plants which take my breath away, whenever I see them.