CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Everyone asks if I get free stuff as a garden writer. I always answer no, because I usually don't get more than weeds or insects from loyal readers, asking if I can identify them.
However, Proven Winners sent a couple of teeny (and I mean teeny) seedlings to me back in May to try in my garden.
The accompanying letter read:
"Here are a few 'sneak preview' shrubs from Proven Winners ColorChoice, the leading flowering shrub brand. We are sending them to you with the hope you will try them out in your garden -- and if you like them, recommend them to your readers."
The plants were sent from White Flower Farm, a mail-order nursery out of Connecticut. The sampler included "Exochorda" Snow Day Surprise, "Rosa Oso Easy" Honey Bun, and "Thuja" North Pole.
My preliminary report is as follows:
They are all alive. Considering how little the specimens were, and how little I did to tend them, that's a good sign. They have grown a bit.