they did that for me too. they force you to do the quickest shipping because of the "heat". that judgment option should be left on our decision, shouldn't be forced.Just a word of caution: Be careful when ordering from AquariumPlants.com. They have an "automatic" shipping upgrade policy, i.e. if you choose the cheapest shipping option, they will upgrade it to the "overnight" option and charge your credit card WITHOUT telling you. I had to find it out the hard way: ordered some simple plants recently from their website, but was charged $46.93 for overnight shipping without any notification! I only found out when the credit card bill came. When I called their customer service, the explanation was simply that they "had to make sure the plants stay alive in hot weather during shipment". I didn't think that was reasonable, so decided NOT to order from there any more.
I've had great experience ordering plants and inverts from AquaticArts.com and various vendors from eBay.
"generous specimens" indeed. I ordered a few different buce "mini clumps (3-5 plants)" and broke them up into about 8 or 9 piecesI just got an order from buceplants.com. I'm over the moon about them. Huge, generous specimens, fast shipping, healthy plants. I can't wait to order something else now.