Correct Names on Packages of Bulbs?

buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)August 10, 2007

I used to be a florist, brought spent potted bulbs home for years. Don't have that luxury anymore so this year I purchased half a dozen packages of Oriental lily bulbs from random sources and half of them were not correctly labeled.

Is this common?

I bought Regale lilies and got pale yellow Asiatics, can't remember the source. One of those Van somebodies. Bought at a nursery, not big box store.

I bought Bahia Blanca and Expression from Costco and the photo of Expression on the package isn't Expression so while what I got are Expression, they don't look like what I thought they were going to look like.

Triumpinator and Tom Pouce from Wal*Mart were correctly labeled. I was surprised, I thought of all they wouldn't be.

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fayeraven

Buyorsell: go to www.davesgarden.com they rate quite a few mail order sources. These lily folks helped me find it and am very grateful...I even cancelled an order. Sometimes you can get good deals at big box stores. 3 years ago I bought 3 pk of 15 bulbs each of stargazers VERY cheap. My back paid for it in planting them. SOme of the stories are horrible. I can sympathize with many preparing a bed getting all ready and getting junk, or waiting months for them to sprout only to find out, like you did they aren't what they are supposed to be. 5 years I swore I would never buy another mail order periennal, bu thanks to all these nice folks I'm looking forward already to 2008!

Here is a link that might be useful: davesgarden

    Bookmark   August 10, 2007 at 9:42PM
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lilium_guy56

It is very common. Surprisingly I get the best result with bulbs from Walmart. in mail-ordering I get 100% what i ask for from BRECKS and DUTCH GARDENS.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 8:47AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Thanks

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 5:25PM
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