I always assume the lovers of plants whether nursery owners or not love to help others in their quest of finding species they're adamantly searching; I'm sure at one point or another we all were at the point of a building collection. I know it's rewarding when I can help a fellow enthusiast find something they're interested in that they haven't been able to acquire before. When I buy from suppliers I've never had a "large" order, most of us are hobbyists and I've yet to find a retailer that I could spend countless amounts of money on an infinite amount of plants that I'm interested in *maybe excluding Jim Shields :) *, I guess the way I feel is that whether I'm considered "thrify" or not I would assume that my service is just as valuable. Annie's Annuals may not like to sell large scale mail-order as it can be troublesome but a small order here and there wouldn't be a hassle where as others may disagree, I don't think it ever hurts to ask, especially if you're offering to pay! Josh ________________________________ From: Ellen Hornig <email@example.com> To: Pacific Bulb Society <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thu, March 31, 2011 8:55:22 PM Subject: Re: [pbs] Impatiens flanaganae As an ex-nursery-owner, I have to remark that this is poor advice (below). Nursery owners are entitled to have their own view of how they want to conduct business. If this nursery has decided not to ship, it probably isn't just that they haven't thought of it! Respect their boundaries - don't beg. The one "in" I might suggest is that if you have something they really want you can offer that. I never thought of myself as a mean person, but I was a little surprised by the people who wrote after I closed the business (people who had either never been customers or, if they had, had been very - um - thrifty ones) and begged me to find them just one more of this and that. Favors are something you ask of friends...don't expect businesses to do them for you if you're a stranger. Just my two cents' worth - Ellen -----Original Message----- >From: email@example.com >Sent: Mar 31, 2011 8:45 PM >To: 'Pacific Bulb Society' <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Subject: Re: [pbs] Impatiens flanaganae > >OK. Then, if it isn't too much trouble, try writing them at the nursery at >740 Market Ave., Richmond, CA 94801. Explain how far away you live and beg >a little. You really, really want this Impatiens and why. It can't hurt >and might work.