Roses forum: My Autumn Order from Brent & Becky's Bulbs

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Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Sep 30, 2020 7:00 PM CST
OK, they're not roses, but my autumn order arrived today from Brent & Becky's Bulbs - all 495 of them. I learned of B&BB a few years ago when I won a raffled gift certificate from them here on this site. I'm taking next week off for vacation to plant them all.

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Here's what I'm planting this fall:

200 Mixed perennial tulips (I've already dug a 65 foot long trench for the tulips, so the hardest part is already done)
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70 Dwarf Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'
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70 Dwarf Iris 'Rhapsody'
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20 Nectaroscor siculum (Sicilian Honey Garlic)
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20 Gladiolus communis (blooms in spring instead of summer)
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10 Allium giganteum (ornamental onion)
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10 Eremurus Spring Valley Hybrids (Foxtail Lily)
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10 Geranium tuberosum
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10 Hyacinthus 'Blue Jacket'
10 Hyacinthus 'Jan Bos'
10 Hyacinthus 'Pink Pearl'
10 Hyacinthus 'Gipsy Queen'
10 Hyacinthus. orient. 'Woodstock'
10 Hyacinthus 'Yellow Queen'
10 Hyacinthus 'Royal Navy'
5 Hyacinthus 'China Pink'
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5 Arum italicum Marmoratum (Zuzu's favorite - NOT!)
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5 Cyclamen hederifolium
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Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
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BigAppleRoseGuy
Sep 30, 2020 8:25 PM CST
Congratulations, Mike. That looks like a real treasure chest that is coming your way. It's going to be a tough job.
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Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Oct 1, 2020 10:36 AM CST
Great selection! Can't wait to see photos in the spring. You have a lot of digging to do!
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 1, 2020 10:44 AM CST
Beautiful! (And I thought the thumbnail photo was of a quilt!)
Porkpal
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Oct 1, 2020 10:59 AM CST
Oh, wouldn't that make a fun quilt design!
Name: Ken Wilkinson
N.E. GA. (Cornelia) (Zone 7b)
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KenNEGA
Oct 1, 2020 9:12 PM CST
Every bulb and tubler at my house has come from Brent & Becky's.
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It's a rose!!! It has nothing to do with life and death.
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Seed Starter Container Gardener Bulbs
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Mike
Oct 5, 2020 8:29 AM CST
Nice photos, Ken, especially the Iris pics!

I got 300 bulbs planted over the weekend - a 65 foot long border of tulips that will grow at the feet of a long row of hybrid teas, with a yew hedge behind them.
Name: aka Annie
Tacoma-ish rural (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Oct 5, 2020 9:43 AM CST
I just discovered Brent and Becky and made a fall order. The problem is that I don't know their prices and they don't keep last years up. I am wanting to budget for several of their dahlias any idea about how much they go for? I want the Gallery line and a variety of the shorter ones. Any one have a old catalog?
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Seed Starter Container Gardener Bulbs
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Mike
Oct 5, 2020 1:41 PM CST
Hi Annie, I'm not sure I entirely understand your post; i.e., how you were able to place an order without knowing their prices? How did you place your order - by web, mail, or fax? I know that they had such a huge volume of orders in September that they had to temporarily suspend any more orders till October 6, just to get caught up. That means their prices aren't visible at the moment. But when orders resume on October 6, you'll be able to see their fall product prices again. However, spring plants like Dahlias won't be available for ordering until January.
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Name: aka Annie
Tacoma-ish rural (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Oct 5, 2020 6:21 PM CST
I ordered on-line in July or Aug. I rarely bother with paper catalogs, most places I order from regularly don't even have paper catalogs anymore. (I do pour over BakerCreek and Fedco, because there is so much good info.)

I just wanted to get an idea of B&B dahlia prices, since I think they are more reliable than Eden Brothers or MB or HB or Easytogrow. The other on-line retailers often have prices even if they don't have an order button. B&B don't have prices for spring and I was hoping to get an idea of their last year's price.
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Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Oct 5, 2020 7:21 PM CST
Ah, OK, now I understand.
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Oct 6, 2020 8:29 AM CST
So far on my week off from work for "bulbing" I've planted 300 tulips, 10 geraniums, 5 cyclamen, and 5 arum. Today I'm planting alliums, honey garlics, and foxtails.
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Seed Starter Container Gardener Bulbs
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Mike
Oct 6, 2020 8:56 AM CST
I've always appreciated the common daffodil; however, it has never been a big focus of mine. But I have to admit that I find the more unusual daffodils very intriguing. So while looking up some cultural information on my previous B&BB order, I couldn't help but place a second order today for the following:

Narcissus - Bridal Crown
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Narcissus - Double Star
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Narcissus - Electrus
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Narcissus - Erlicheer
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Narcissus - Manly
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Narcissus - Madison
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Narcissus - My Story
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Narcissus - Precocious
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Narcissus - Zaragoza
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 6, 2020 10:17 AM CST
Those are really eye-catching!
Porkpal
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Oct 6, 2020 2:15 PM CST
Love all the fancy daffs! I bought a big bag of the King Alfred ones for filler all around the yard but I also got some small groups of the fancy ones too!
Name: aka Annie
Tacoma-ish rural (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Oct 6, 2020 3:40 PM CST
Mike, you don't have an old spring catalog from B&B?
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Seed Starter Container Gardener Bulbs
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Mike
Oct 6, 2020 3:44 PM CST
No, I'm afraid not.
Name: aka Annie
Tacoma-ish rural (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Oct 7, 2020 2:19 PM CST
I guess I am going to have to decide who to take a chance on. Thanks
Houston, TX zone 9a
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Willinator
Oct 8, 2020 10:13 AM CST
I have liked Brent & Becky's Bulbs and they do have a very good website so you can order online which works great.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Oct 8, 2020 11:32 AM CST

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Oh Mike, those daffodils are great looking, I do hope you will add photos the the database when they bloom!
I wish they sold them in smaller quantities, I would love to try some of these exotic looking ones, just don't have the room for them all. I usually just get bags from HD so only have the more common ones. They are the only bulbs I can plant in the ground without gopher cages because they leave them alone.
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