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jmorth
Nov 25, 2011 2:39 PM CST
Brent and Becky's 1/2 price sale started.
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ge1836
Nov 25, 2011 4:05 PM CST
Dont let me go there. All bulbs?
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jmorth
Nov 25, 2011 5:17 PM CST
What's left; except for inside bloomers like Amaryllis...I think their 'cozy companions' are also half price...
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sgardener
Nov 26, 2011 5:57 AM CST
I placed my order yesterday morning. After reading B and B's email, I browsed the site to see what are still available to purchase.

jmorth, I don't mean to hijack the thread, but may I ask what is your secret in growing Eremurus? A few gardeners told me they don't come back in their gardens the second year. TIA
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jmorth
Nov 26, 2011 1:07 PM CST
I've had but limited success myself. I think the longest stretch was for 3 years. I think the answer to your query is in the drainage. The area where I planted the tubers was deeply dug, liberally amended with coarse sand and small pebbles.. The tubers were situated on their own personal sand beds and covered with sandy soil. I also monitored the weather closely in the spring because they'd start to poke their noses through before the temps had attained the foxtail safety zone; Several times had to re-tuck them with protective mulches and then un-tuck as soon as possible (to assure site would not retain any moisture and promote root rot). If any heaving noted, I'd try to compensate with more sandy soil.
Another factor for growing them in this area is that this geographical area is probably around the northern limits of their adaptability.
If one were to ask me about high points in my personal gardening experience, growing foxtail lilies has to rank way up there.
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sgardener
Nov 26, 2011 1:49 PM CST
Thank you so much.

I planted 3 Cleopatras from Scheepers without ammending the soil. I hope to see them pop up in spring time. Ordered 5 Spring Valley hybrids and will definitely follow your tricks. Thanks again, I appreciate it.
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jmorth
Nov 26, 2011 2:38 PM CST
Just curious, are you north of Springfield?
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sgardener
Nov 26, 2011 4:45 PM CST
Yes I am, by the O'Hare airport area.













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jmorth
Nov 26, 2011 10:09 PM CST
I'm by Springfield.
Well, wish you the best on those Foxtails. Even if you get but one showing, it's worth it; hoping they return to 2030.
J
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sgardener
Nov 27, 2011 6:46 AM CST
Thanks and I hope so also. :)
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zuzu
Nov 28, 2011 12:52 AM CST

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Well, let me warn you in case you live West of the Rockies that you'll essentially be paying full price. I placed an order for some bulbs. They would have cost $73.00, but I got them for half-price, which is $36.50. Good deal, right? Well, the shipping is $35.95!!!!!

The shipping would be only $10.95, because they're just little bulbs, after all, but Brent & Becky's tacks on an extra $25.00 if you live West of the Rockies, so my final price plus shipping is $72.45, just 55 cents less than if I had bought them at full price. They said there was an extra charge for the West, but I never dreamed it would be that much.
Name: Marie
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Desertdenial
Dec 13, 2011 9:13 AM CST
I had that happen to me before. I had some one close by them accept them and then remail to me and it was still cheaper than what they were asking.
Marie
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Dec 13, 2011 3:34 PM CST

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This ultimately turned into a bigger fiasco than I had thought. They called after I placed that order and said some of the bulbs had sold out. The upshot was that I would be paying more for the shipping than for the merchandise. I tried to cancel the order, but they wouldn't do that, so I ordered more bulbs. That brought the final price up to $95.46, including $41.26 for shipping.

That outrageous amount ostensibly was charged because they had to send it by express 2-3 day delivery. Well, they mailed it on November 30th and it arrived on December 5th -- at least twice the number of days.

I received a package from Holland Bulb Farms the same day. I wrote about this in my blog and included pictures. Here's a link if you're interested. Holland Farms charged $8.95 for the same-sized box, taking the same amount of time to get to me. It's the entry for December 7th.

http://garden.org/blogs/view/zuzu/
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ge1836
Dec 14, 2011 4:13 AM CST
Thanks for the info zuzu.
Name: Marie
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Desertdenial
Dec 14, 2011 12:43 PM CST
Yeah I will never understand their charging more to us out west. I quit ordering from them because of the high shipping cost. Thanks for the link to your blog!!! I have ordered from most of the same places with the same thoughts. :o)
Marie
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Name: Lily Martagon
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sgardener
Dec 16, 2011 1:17 PM CST
jmorth, did you order amaryllis from B and B's sale?
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jmorth
Dec 17, 2011 2:54 AM CST
Yes, received them couple days ago.
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Name: Lily Martagon
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sgardener
Dec 17, 2011 6:51 AM CST
May I ask what is the condition of your bulbs?
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jmorth
Dec 17, 2011 11:34 AM CST
3 of 4 seem close to excellent, the 4th was the most expensive and not at all what I expected.
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this was supposed to be a one (as on tag) but in reality was 5 small bulbs (pic is 3 of 5, other 2 were smaller...).
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Name: Lily Martagon
Du Page County Illinois (Zone 5a)
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sgardener
Dec 17, 2011 1:56 PM CST
Thanks for the photos and your reply. My order, 1 out of 3 came out good and that is Papilio. I had the same quantity of bulbs they sent as your Supreme Garden. I wasn't expecting it to be like that, knowing this variety comes in cluster. Two of the so called Supreme Garden were rotten to the core. The third bulb (Aphrodite) has rot in the area very close to the basal plate. I contacted B and B and they issued me a credit. This is the second time that I have received rotten bulbs from them. The first time was of Emerald last summer and it was worst.
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