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MargeSimpson
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 1:41 pm    Post subject: where to get unusual bulbs.. Reply with quote

I noticed over the last couple of years that garden centres and DIY shops tend to sell the same bulbs - daffs, lillies, tulips, etc. Can anyone recommend an online shop that sells more unusual bulbs. I am not sure what I am looking for, but something different. I had a look at the Bakker site and as mentioned on another post - the colours are way out there man!. Are they reputable? Any other recommendations?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Marge , cant help here . I have noticed that B+Q had a good selection last year
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 3:51 pm    Post subject: where to get unusual bulbs in Ireland Reply with quote

Try here marge........
http://www.heritagebulbs.com/
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:24 am    Post subject: Flower Bulbs Discount Reply with quote

How about Alliums? Homebase have a selection on offer this week. Here's a really cool pic of Allium giganteum, also loads of other bulbs if you click on the fall index:
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:35 pm    Post subject: Where to buy bulbs direct from nurseries Reply with quote

I've just received a packet of anemone and agapanthus seeds from California. Delivery took 3 weeks. I recall my mother buying all her heritage seeds from Dominion Seed House for her vegetable garden, and collecting her own seeds for the following year. So, I thought I'd give it a try. Anemone's are much easier to grow from corms, if the squirrels don't get them, or from root cuttings. The flower profusely for up to 2 months and are a great display in the fall. I highly recommend them. Also, if you want to do mail order, there's Japanese maple varieties which are seeded now, kept in the fridge for 3 mos, then planted into mini pots. If there are no other local distributors from online websites in South Kerry ( I didn't get as much variety) then here are a few links for you to try. At least you get a picture of something you might not see much of in your local Superval.

http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/
http://www.broadleighbulbs.co.uk/plantlistpages/springlist.htm
http://www.avonbulbs.co.uk/
http://rareplants.co.uk/
http://www.bulbsdirect.com/[/url]
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.pcnijssen.nl/shop/index.php
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:42 am    Post subject: Epimedium 'Sasaki' Reply with quote

Thanks for the direct link to Dutch growers and for reminding me to take special care of a Epimedium 'Sasaki' which I bought as a plant for my woodland shade garden. Lucky I kept the tag and saw that it flowers so beautifully. However, since it was bought in August, after sitting abused for the full season in a pot, then we had a dryspell, it just languished. I must give it special treatment with humus and tend it carefully. I'll report back on whether this is a hardy species or not.

Speaking of hardy, gloxinia are a good investment, though their flowering time is shortlived 1-2 weeks. They do spread and take up a lot of space, but mid summer, you don't even know where they went. A good spring flower and easy to care for.

Lastly, the spring anemone are wonderful for flowering - 2-3 weeks and not given to attracting rodents. Maybe people could also suggest which of the bulbs are deer favorites.
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