I got the new van Bourgondien catalog in the mail last week. I get a ton of plant and bulb catalogsIve ordered from many with variable results. But I have been happy with the things Ive ordered from van Bourgondien in the pastthats where I got my 300 daffodils and I was very pleased with the quality of those bulbs.
I get so many bulb catalogs that I try to just toss them without looking at them. . . I cant tell you (or more precisely, I wont tell you) how many times Ive ordered bulbs in the fall only to have them go to waste because of a combination of three things: 1) I dont have time to plant them, 2) its too wet to plant them, or 3) its too wet to plant them when I have the time. So I try to be realistic (always a challenge for me in any case) and just not order anythingtossing the catalogs without even opening them is the only way for me to accomplish this. (And when I do that I always think of what my mom once told meWhat the eye doesnt see, the heart doesnt long for. Boy, was she right-on about that.)
But THIS catalog had a little magic phrase in big purple letters in a big white box right down at the bottom. . . $50.00 worth of product free! (When you spend $100.)
Now, spending a hundred dollars on bulbs is easier than you thinkespecially if you know you will get HALF of those bulbs FREE! (Did they have me specifically in mind when offering this deal, or what? I cant resist this ploy.)
So, I thought, well, I do have those new(er) front garden beds that do have a bit of room yet. . . maybe Ill just take a quick peek through the catalog. Usually I go through it once, marking off everything I might possibly want even the slightest bit, and then go back through and pare down and pare down until I have a list I can actually afford. The first time through the catalog, I ended up with a total of $350 worth of bulbs and plants. . . but that was before I got to the SALE portion in the backhow can I resist tulips that are less than a dollar apiece?? By the time I got to the end of the sale section, I was at about $400. This is more than I can afford (for bulbs, anyway), and definitely more than I would ever accomplish planting.
I went back through the catalog and pared down a bit. . . I dont need 30 of the All Summer Lily Mix (tall) for $75Ill just get 20 for $50. And the same with the All Summer Lily Mix (short). Pared down. There. Now my total is $350.
I think I still need to make a few tours through the catalog. . . Ill let you know how it goes.