Spring Bulbs. What’s not to love?

Planted once. Little care. Enjoyed year after year.

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Now’s the time to take note of bulb holes in your garden beds. Either draw a simple diagram of the current locations of spring blooming bulbs or use your digital camera to document where current bulbs are planted. Then peruse bulb catalogs for varieties that will spruce up your beds. Watch for early bird specials. Most bulb suppliers offer discounts to gardeners who plan ahead and order bulbs during spring and early summer. When it’s time to plant newly arrived bulbs this autumn, refer to the diagram and/or photos so you don’t disturb already planted bulbs.

Over my many many gardening years I’ve purchased bulbs from many suppliers. I’ve tried the cheap bulb deals and found bulbs of low quality – they didn’t bloom the first year or just didn’t survive.  You get what you pay for and bulbs are no different than anything else. Spend the extra money for high quality bulbs that will bring cheerfulness and beauty to your gardens year after year. The bulbs in these shots, a mix of all types of daffodils and narcissi planted in 2004, were part of ‘The Works’ from White Flower Farm (I purchased the group early at the pre-season price). I’ve also been very happy with bulbs from John Scheepers, Inc. (last autumn I picked up some great online bulb deals from Scheepers – can’t wait to see the blooms). I’ve not once regretted spending a little extra green for high quality bulbs.

What’s your bulb growing experience? Had any luck with cheap bulb deals? Who is your favorite bulb supplier?

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8 comments for “Spring Bulbs. What’s not to love?

  1. April 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Joene, Oh, your bulbs look so happy! I was just thinking today that I need to take photos of a few beds so I can remember where to plant bulbs in the fall. I bought bulbs 2 years ago from Colorblends (another CT-based co) and they have been wonderful. I got a mixed collection of daffs and they bloom for almost 2 months straight.

    • joenesgarden
      April 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      Debbie, thanks for the Colorblends reminder. I’ll have to consider them for future purchases. I never seem to have enough spring blooming bulbs!

  2. April 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Your daffodils are simply stunning! I have bought bulbs from Brecks, Dutch Bulbs, White Flower Farm, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and some nurseries. The only ones that have not done well some of the time are the ones from Home Depot or Lowe’s, however sometimes they do just fine. Most of my daffs continue to come back year after year.

    • joenesgarden
      April 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks, Sage Butterfly. I have no urge to purchase bulbs from big box stores or lower-priced suppliers. I’ve had enough mis-marked or no bloom instances. Quality bulbs bloom the first year and seem to get only better each subsequent year.

  3. April 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    You are right – I have had no luck with cheap bulbs! I now buy most of my bulbs from Brecks. Like yours, they are beautiful and have repeated reliably year after year. They do especially well if I remember to fertilize the area they are planted in each fall.

    • joenesgarden
      April 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Deb, I’ve had luck with lilies from Brecks but I’m trying to give Connecticut based companies more of my business of late provided, of course, they carry quality products.

  4. April 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I love all your daff varieties ! I’ve added camassias the last couple of years and leucojum – always from van Engelen, which is the same as Scheepers I think. We also order the tulip bulbs the garden club plants in the center of town every year from them – never disappointed. A few years ago I planted a huge 1/2 bushel of premium size daffs at Costco which were superb.

    • joenesgarden
      April 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      Cyndy, I’m trying to expand my spring bulbs beyond daffs with van Engelen/Sheepers selections. They’re getting ready to bloom so watch for photos. I’m with you … not yet disappointed by quality bulbs.

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