Sunny, finally!

The dead twiglike plant in the center is one of the Marionberries.

It is cold but the sun is out; that makes it tolerable.

I just dealt with Gurney’s Seeds and Nursery regarding a purchase I had made, killed off as far as I can see by the strange weather we have had.

When we went to Portland in February, we came across the local specialty: Marionberries, a special cross of different blackberry varieties. Although the climate of Oregon is way different than ours, I found out that a variety of Marionberries was available for the Midwest. I found it online at Gurney’s and ordered two bushes. They arrived before we went to Florida and I planted them. Normally, when you receive them, you plant them. I was hesitant to do so, but I was even more hesitant not to as I was going to be gone for over a week and could not monitor them.

They didn’t make it.

I contacted Gurney’s and received messages from two different people. One told me what I needed to do to help them along. I responded that I knew what to do, had done it, and they had not survived. The second one, which came a day later, told me that I now had an in-house credit.

I wanted Marionberries and I am willing to take another chance on them.

I contacted them on the phone this morning and re-purchased them. I am not sure why this wasn’t an option in the first place; it seemed to be the most logical thing to do.

They should arrive next week. Time will tell.

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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