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This thread is in reply to a blog post by zuzu entitled "Brent & Becky's Bulbs vs. Holland Bulb Farms".
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Dec 7, 2011 11:23 AM CST

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JaeRae
Jan 1, 2012 1:54 PM CST
Good idea Sue. Zuzu, I think I have the best luck with bulbs from Michigan Bulb (don't blame WI) Hilarious! and I hate to say it but (at least) for Daffs, the old standby (on sale), Breck's.
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GoneTropical
Jan 1, 2012 5:11 PM CST
I so far never ordered from Holland Bulb Farm, but several times from BBB. I was never disappointed and their customer service is excellent. Just to voice my opinion :)
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Jan 1, 2012 6:06 PM CST

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But customer service isn't the issue. I'm annoyed at being forced to pay $41.26 for shipping, ostensibly because 3-day shipping is the only option for the West Coast after Thanksgiving, and then having the package arrive in 6 days, which is exactly how long the package from Holland Bulb Farms took to get here, for only $8.50.
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JaeRae
Jan 1, 2012 6:22 PM CST
I would not have agreed to it. I'm a master at managing free shipping (there are so many options out there), just because I always figure every order total per bulb or plant.
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GoneTropical
Jan 1, 2012 7:12 PM CST
yes you are right *Blush* shipping is horrid!
another place I love to shop from is Plant Delights Nursery in NC, but same thing, the shipping is unbelievable! I might as well drive up there and pick it up myself Thumbs down
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sandnsea2
Mar 21, 2012 3:02 PM CST
Zuzu, which company's bulbs did you like best when they bloomed?
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zuzu
Mar 21, 2012 3:12 PM CST

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They aren't blooming yet, but they're about equal in quality so far. I'll see if either of the two companies mislabeled anything later.

So far, I'd give the edge to B&B. They provided labels and Holland Farms just labeled the bulb bags with the name. I don't enjoy the extra step of creating my own labels, so I usually just plant everything and then match the blooms to my list of purchases.
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sandnsea2
Mar 21, 2012 3:14 PM CST
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I will be anxious to hear. I'm all ears!

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