Sarah at Galloping Horse Garden when she posted that the grasses she bought while dormant were not the grasses she thought she was getting. Totally different plants emerged in her garden that were completely unlike what she had hunted for and thought she found. The labels were just wrong and her excitement at getting just what she wanted was squashed.
And I giggled at the experience Heather at Just A Girl With a Hammer had with horrible service from the now defunct High Country Gardens. She ordered plants from the company that acquired the closed nursery, and received a shipment so utterly messed up it was hilarious.
Now both of those things have happened to me. A different plant than I wanted has emerged from a mislabled order I got from High Country Gardens. Badump.
Before they closed and were bought out, High Country Gardens offered the wonderfully interesting Lonicera reticulata 'Kintzley's Ghost'. I saw this unusual honeysuckle vine growing at the botanic garden in Denver and absolutely had to have it. Had to.
It has yellow flowers and silvery bracts that give it a ghostly eucalyptus look. I wrote about it here. I saw a mature, bushy, silvery one on a garden tour this summer and loved it.
I got excited this spring as the vine I had planted last fall started climbing the trellis, and seemed to be thriving, although I assumed the leaf pattern was still immature since no bracts or rounded leaves were forming yet.
Then it bloomed. Red trumpets. No yellow starbursts and no rounded bracts.
This is not 'Kintzley's Ghost.' It is a trumpet honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens. The plant from High Country Gardens was mislabeled.
Trumpet honeysuckle is a nice enough climber but it is not what I anticipated, and not what I ordered or paid for. I don't like the tangerine red blooms next to the deep red foliage of a nearby Japanese maple. It will grow to 15 feet, rather than the 8 to 10 feet of Kintzley's Ghost, and this trellis won't support it.
High Country Gardens is gone now, and based on Heather's experience with a much more scrambled order from their successors, there is no way to fix this mix up.
I don't think I want to "live with it", although surprises in a garden can turn out to be happy developments. Sarah might be leaning toward living with her mislabled grasses as a better alternative than what she first wanted, perhaps.
But I'm not. I really wanted a Kintzley's Ghost honeysuckle on this trellis, and I think I will start looking for another source for one.
Sarah and Heather both made me laugh at their bewilderment over random wrong labels and wacky order shipments, so I am going to laugh this off too.
We are amused.
But we are most definitely not pleased.