Logee's - Changing a lot?
Is it just me or does it seem that Logee's in Danielson, CT, while always a source of unusual plants, has gotten very pricey and a bit too commercial?
I have been going there since the late 60's, when Joy Logee Martin was running the show. Then, and for quite some time afterward, there was an even larger selection of unusual plants, and the prices for the small pots (typically 2") was very reasonable, maybe in the range of $2-$5. Now of course I am aware that everything has gotten more expensive, and the costs of running a business and heating all those greenhouses are not exceptions.
But for some of those tiny rooted cuttings in 2" pots, some of the prices seem very high - some in the range of $15-$20. Also, I see where a bit of marketing hype has entered the catalog. For example, two seasons ago I saw a listing for Gardenia "Diamond's Fragrant Delight", which has very large leaves for a gardenia (6" or more!) and huge single flowers (5"). But what caught my eye was one of those large comic-book-looking "bursts" of bright yellow claiming it was hardy to zone 6! I went there ASAP and bought one. It was around $25, but it was a fair size, in a 4" pot. Today, I received their new catalog. Not only has the price come down (OK...so it happens) but now there is no such claim to hardiness, and in fact the zone is listed as zone 8. Luckily I have kept it in a pot indoors for the last two winters, so it's OK. It seems that at one time they would never have pushed that kind of information out about the plants they sell. I think they could do a little better on the pricing and a LOT better on the selection (where are all the Acacias, Eucalyptus, Begonias and Gesneriads that they once had? OK they still have a lot of begonias, but not nearly as many as they once had.
Maybe I'm hoping for time to stand still, but some of what I say seems to be truthful as well. I still enjoy browsing through their catalog, and probably will continue to go there a few times every year, but I do miss the way it was.