Reminder - happy shopping is still possible!!

kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)March 30, 2010

I just went onto the Royal Colors site (I have no personal connection to them) but have received great quality bulbs even this late in the season. I assure you it's still nice and cool in The Netherlands and the bulbs are in great shape. Their prices are extremely fair (4 bulbs and shipping for about $62 US...that's comparable to what you'd pay for hard to find hybrids here).

I hear that a few other suppliers in the US have some bulbs left or are making their last shipments of the year. You might want to call to see if White Flower Farm has bulbs left as I heard they were close to making their last shipments for the year. Their quality is also excellent and I look forward to seeing what they will be offering this fall. I met the WFF manager (Robert) at Keukenhof and we both admired many blooms. I hope some of my "favs" show up in catalogs this fall!!

Happy shopping! It's not too late!!


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mikep_cfl(z9b FL)

K -

What had you heard in your travels about the "mislabel" problem? I've only placed one order with RC and it was perfect but I'll be real honest with you, I'm getting sick of dealing with some of the other sellers.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 11:43PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

What I heard, from at least 2 people, was that a major grower in The Netherlands had had a fire a few years ago and then decided to sell off his stock. Most was done well, but some was not (other people came in an sold "this" as "that" and many mislables were introduced), which is why we have seen this problem more in the past 2 years. This only covers the individual bags we get from distributors...hopefully we should have far fewer mislabeled bulbs in the fall of 2010 and beyond!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 7:15AM
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anna_in_quebec(z4 QC)

Indeed! I have broken down and ordered Matterhorn, Rapido, and Naranja from Royal Colors - a great company. We didn't have much of a winter here in Quebec and spring seems to be coming early, so end of April my new bulbs will be on their way.

Here is a Monaco bloom: it became huge - over 7 inches across. It had to be cut and put in a vase because of a problem it had, and I swear the blooms are much bigger than the first scape which had remained with the bulb. Truly amazing. And a grogeous color! From RC of course! Btw - the white patches are probably a result of the problem it had growing out...

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 10:20AM
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Beautiful color!!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 2:44PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

2 years ago I made a late spring order and got great end of season bulbs. Anna, I admit too that I couldn't pass up the chance and last night ordered Rosalie, Samba, RvR, and Fairy Tale. I have several bulbs that are reblooming, but after what I saw in Lisse, I just had to have Rosalie and Samba. Have tried all year to replace my RvR after my other one rotted (or ???) and Fairy Tale was very cute and called my name!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 4:20PM
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