Harmony, I greatly appreciate their seeds, too, and usually have good results. I have been able to keep their seeds, with the foil folded over, in the refrigerator for years and still have good germination. Have you ever tried Park Seed Co. out of South Carolina? I've also had those results from them. I've never really found fault with either company's seeds. Park test gardens are in a warm climate, I was thinking, and their seeds might grow really well for you. I used to try to find bush varieties and found sometimes Park would beat Bur pee for a good variety.
Still fighting the where-to-lay-the-eggs fight. LOL. Marking one with a sharpie X and letting it stay in my choice spot seems the most help.
HRH is so impressed with how attractive the hens are these days. He pointed out Ophelia the Orpington looks like a new pullet again. Unfortunately, to have those powderpuff behinds that seem so youthful, I happen to know that means they have gone out of lay for a while and grown some feathering back, LOL. Not exactly what you are looking for if you want eggs, but yes, it's so nice they look pretty like that. Happily, both Robin and Reba New Hampshire Reds are laying now. Not sure which has kept it up and which is rotating back into lay, maybe. Hmmm... ... Just remembered our green-eyed boy named one of the big Orpingtons and now I've forgotten what he named her. Oops. Oh well, don't tell Grandma something to remember while she's working.