Impatiens flanaganae

Josh Young
Thu, 31 Mar 2011 18:25:31 PDT
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!


From: Ellen Hornig <>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
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 -


-----Original Message-----
>Sent: Mar 31, 2011 8:45 PM
>To: 'Pacific Bulb Society' <>
>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.

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