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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Aug 9, 2016 4:27 PM CST
I went to Michigan Bulb Company online looking for what I can plant in shade. So I ordered:
3 Cora Bells
1 Bleeding Heart
3 Cyclamen
15 Crocus

And since my Naked Ladies are in shade and bloom beautifully I may buy more of them.
My plan is to plant all along the back fence in the shade......now I just have to decide how to
keep from getting them dog trampled and what I need to protect from squirrels. Confused Crying
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Aug 9, 2016 6:07 PM CST
Here are the Naked Ladies across the back fence that I want to plant other things in between as mentioned above.

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You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Danita
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Danita
Aug 10, 2016 11:09 AM CST
I hate to be a party pooper, but Michigan Bulb Company has a notoriously bad reputation.
You may want to consider canceling your order with them and ordering elsewhere.

On a positive note, your "naked ladies" are absolutely stunning!!! Lovey dubby
Name: Deborah Pryor
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Aug 10, 2016 2:10 PM CST
I agree You have some hug, beautiful clumps. Lovey dubby
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Bonehead
Aug 11, 2016 7:21 AM CST
I've ordered from Michigan Bulb with no particular problem. I don't do much in the way of mail order plants, but don't recall anything untoward from these guys.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Aug 11, 2016 6:42 PM CST
Danita said:I hate to be a party pooper, but Michigan Bulb Company has a notoriously bad reputation.
You may want to consider canceling your order with them and ordering elsewhere.

On a positive note, your "naked ladies" are absolutely stunning!!! Lovey dubby


I will store with my order and take a chance, hope all goes well! I got a 50/50 chance I guess, I spent just under $40, so that was
not bad if I lose out. What was the complaint, poor plants or poor shipping?
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Calif_Sue
Aug 17, 2016 9:27 AM CST

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Googling for reviews gives several options. Google is your friend!

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/michigan.html
http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Michigan_Bulb_Co
http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/186/#b don' usuallyt like link to DG most of the time but here you see the negative reviews out weigh the positive:
403 positives
177 neutrals
626 negatives

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Aug 20, 2016 11:10 AM CST
Calif_Sue said:Googling for reviews gives several options. Google is your friend!

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/michigan.html
http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Michigan_Bulb_Co
http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/186/#b don' usuallyt like link to DG most of the time but here you see the negative reviews out weigh the positive:
403 positives
177 neutrals
626 negatives



Yikes I read many reviews, most seemed negative, now I think my chances are 30 % in my favor 70% against, but hope I am wrong
and at least spent just under $40. I live right by a great nursery and will keep that in mind if it all goes south, will let you know,
my order is due to arrive mid September.
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: janet
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rosieann99
Aug 24, 2016 12:02 PM CST

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hi everyone i have just joined i live in the north west england my flowers for autumn are mostly pansys/sweet william/wallflowers/primroses all to stand the rain and cold weather even the snow at times i love to plant lots of spring bulbs daffodils tulips snowdrops crocus etc i love going to a garden centre and buying lots of plants they have to be planted by early october to give them a good start before the rain last year it went on for 4 months rained every day do you have same plants or weather conditions
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Aug 26, 2016 4:23 AM CST
Linda, Keeping fingers crossed Crossing Fingers! for your order to turn out okay. Green Grin!

Welcome! RosieAnn!
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Cinta
Aug 28, 2016 1:56 PM CST
They have had a bad rep for a long time. I ordered from them when I first started gardening some 30 yrs ago. I ordered a Hydrangea, Lily bulbs, dayliies. 30 yrs later they were surviving and doing well 5 yrs ago when I sold the house. Their plants are small so you may not want to just store them but get them in some good soil immediately.

I have ordered some bulbs a couple years ago because they sent me a coupon that I could get 20 in plants free. Not the coupon that if I purchased 40 they would take 20 off. So I ordered just 20.00 for the free plants to see if they were bad. The bulbs were good. I think their plants are small and need a lot of tender care. They are not garden ready to throw in a hole and fend for themselves.

I have ordered from places like Michigan bulb that send small plants that I have a raised bed, that I call my nursery. The area consist totally of my home made compost soil. When I get the plants I put them in that area for at least a year.

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Ojenny
Sep 5, 2016 11:06 PM CST
I love Lowe's almost as much as I love plants.
Lowe's is great for most all things.
But Lowe's also has discounted plants EVERY week.
Some need a little care and others are amazing.
Those that need extra care - have a holding spot at my house where they live till decide how well they are going to adjust.
I have talked to other people that buy those plants and seems like the holding spot is a common practice.

Well it has been a good year for my special purchases from Lowe's.
I purchased some awesome shrubs for approx 25% of the normal price and they were so great.
Have fixed up some sightly areas, now they look great.

Also, bulbs - they always put what bulbs they have left on sale - and keep marking them down till they're gone.
If you're not in a terrible hurry and you don't follow that making a chart etc., you can end up with 10 times and many plants, bulb, planters etc.
Of course you need room for all of that.

I have a wire fence between my place and the neighbor.
Have been planting various things to disguise it over the years. It is great now. Just a bare spot or two - which I will divide some grasses and fill it in.
It is quite a beautiful site now - of course many years later - but enjoyed every minute of it.

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Ojenny
Sep 5, 2016 11:15 PM CST
Basically I only buy plants and bulbs locally.
Like to look at what I'm getting. I learned that lesson years ago.
Of course the only exception to that rule is the daylily (in my case).
You're not going to find much locally with the exception of Daylily gardens that are close to you.
I have to come to rely on online purchases for them - forums like this, daylily.com and the hybridizer's online.
Almost all of my purchases have been great.

So, buy local when you can and learn who you can trust (this site seems to be good for that information) when you purchase online.

I'm a night owl.
Guess I better head to bed.
Good night all
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Sep 21, 2016 5:52 PM CST
Well, this Michigan Bulb Company order status: originally was to arrive 9/11. Everyday I look on the site for status it is upped a day, so now it says 9/24, tomorrow they will
change it to 9/25 and on and on. I sent them a email saying I was wondering why such a small order was being delayed.....of course no response from them. Confused
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Sep 25, 2016 9:35 AM CST
I've ordered from Michigan Bulb Company (and their associated partners. Never again. I order my bulbs from Brent&Becky and they are fabulous. BIG HEALTHY BULBS. And perennials from Bluestone. It's worth it. Seeds from Johnny's and a few specialty companies.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Sep 25, 2016 9:50 AM CST
Oh stopped the post too fast. So anyway, I bought 150 Hillstar daffofils (late) and 50 each more of Monal (early) and Accent (mids) daffs to expand the existing areas.

I plant them all a bit farther apart then suggested because they expand here.
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100 daff bulbs don't fill up as much space as I thought

Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Sep 25, 2016 9:54 AM CST
BTW, any plant company with just 10% negatives will never get my business at any low price... After all the work of planting and nurturing, saving pennies isn't worth it.
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Oct 15, 2016 5:18 PM CST
Well, I received my goods about 2 weeks ago and everything looked fine, is all planted now and will know more next growing season.
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Oct 16, 2016 12:26 AM CST
Hooray! Hurray! Fingers Crossing Fingers! ! Big Grin
Name: janet
wirral uk
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rosieann99
Oct 16, 2016 8:44 AM CST
hi just a picture by front window pansys in there boxes they go all round front garden Smiling
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dahlia and rose still in bloom thats good in uk for october

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