When speaking of pollinators and flowers in my classroom we ended up making an analogy. Flowers want loyalty in much the same way as chain restaurants --- look the same, smell the same, and the menu items are consistent and taste the same.
Inconsistency destroys loyalty.
My table space at Pathway has been encroached by seed catalogs and old seeds. Two of those catalogs have been favored for ten years. When they arrive in my mailbox (always after the first really hard frost) my eyes light up like a bee seeing the ultraviolet light reflecting off a dahlia.
So what traits bring upon loyalty...
- early to arrive (I am far into my planning of a seed order and I am lacking one I used last year)
- a desire to preserve heirloom varieties ( such as... Riesentraube Cherry Tomatoes from my ancestors-- PA Germans)
- support of organic seed farmers
- seeds that germinate at high %'s
- information that helps to make wise purchases
- fine customer service
- plants that do what the catalog promises
Off to the left you can find links to my favored catalogs, here are the two that have earned my loyalty...