I woke up this morning with a single purpose in mind. Bulb planting. Bulb planting is my passion in late fall.
The three oldest children got thrown on their respective buses and I set straight to work.
Fall bulb planting is the most fun “work” one can do, especially with DutchGrown boasting the biggest, best, and most beautiful bulbs on planet earth.
Bulbs to set your lawn and landscape on a color spree come spring. Besides, this is our last chance to get our green thumbs dirty before the snow falls.
Let’s make it count! And DutchGrown is always thinking “outside the box” by giving us thrilling new bulbs to try.
I’m so happy for the 3 winners who will get an assortment of bulbs from DutchGrown, a family company in the bulb trade for four generations (since 1882). That’s 140 years of growing and exporting bulbs!
Because you already know the best bulbs come from the Netherlands!
1st place – 100 bulbs, 2nd Place – 50 bulbs, 3rd Place – 35 bulbs (priceless value!)
How to enter to WIN!
Just fill out the easy SweepWidget form at the end of this post.
How planting bulbs is like investing money!
Planting bulbs is similar to financial investing. Put in a little sweat labor now, and down the road, you’ll reap tremendous benefits.
After a long and hard winter, spring bulbs will give you something to dream about other than clearing the snow and ice off your car.
Disagree? How about that first crocus you see popping up at the end of February? My heart drops each year when I finally realize winter will eventually come to an end.
During the long winter, we all need something to look forward to! Especially when you’ve researched a few new varieties and are trying them for the first time.
This is the year of the allium for me as I am seeking to attract more pollinators to my garden.
It’s also a well-labeled investment as DutchGrown is meticulous about labeling the bulbs you receive. They give both Latin and common names which is quite helpful.
Precise planting instructions are always included and truly, planting bulbs is the easiest garden task ever. Nothing could be more simple than bulb planting!
But I do find it helpful to use plant markers to label bulbs, especially ones that I only have a few of like the Foxtail Lily or the Fritillaria. My worst fear is ‘accidentally’ pulling out a bulb plant when doing my initial spring weeding.
The wide selection of bulbs with DutchGrown for your spring garden!
You already know to plant a few new varieties of tulips and daffodils and DutchGrown certainly has a tremendous selection to choose from. No reminder is necessary.
And it’s likely you have a few crocus plants, hyacinths, grape hyacinths, and maybe even a few alliums too.
But DutchGrown also has a wide assortment of less famous bulbs to get your spring garden into motion now. Bulbs that will bloom at different times, in varying heights, and in an array of hues.
Scilla, Giant Snowflake, Foxtail Lily, Anemones, and my personal favorite, Fritillaria will blow your mind.
A few years ago, Pete from DutchGrown sent me a Foxtail Lily that I was not expecting. Let me tell you: this plant was the talk of the town. Everyone was raving about it!
No wonder. The bulb he sent was humongous and it created a plant that was taller than me! We are talking over 5 feet tall! It’s getting bigger, bolder, and more amazing each year.
The orange-ish flower spike it formed was so stunning, I found myself just staring at it for what seemed like hours on end.
It’s the same with the fritillaria. The first year I planted 5 Crown Imperial Red Fritillaria and these drooping blooms look like a flower you’d see in a rainforest. So exotic!
This year I was sent a few Crown Imperial Yellow Fritillaria and I will be posting pics of it on my IG page in spring. Stay tuned!
Buying bulbs for your spring garden is not rocket science…
Buying bulbs is not hard. Bulbs that are soft, rotting, smell, or moldy should be avoided like the plague! You are seeking, big, beautiful, firm bulbs like the ones DutchGrown consistently delivers. Simply the best.
Fresh and hardy bulbs packed with care, precisely labeled, and ready to thrive in your garden. Planting instructions are always included.
Bigger bulbs results in a bigger and more vigorous plant. It really is this simple. Smaller bulbs always disappoint.
That’s why DutchGrown only ships top-sized flower bulbs to their customers as they produce larger and healthier flowers. Bigger bulbs also produce sturdier stems to support those big blooms.
This in turn leads to a higher number of bulblets in bulbs that produce offsets, and overall better naturalizing qualities.
It’s possible to buy regular bulbs at 10cm (at a cheaper price) and you will not be pleased come spring. For optimum performance, your tulip bulbs should be 12cm+ like the humongous bulbs you’ll get from DutchGrown who never skimp on size.
Bulb purchasing is similar to garlic planting. This is why I always emphasize planting the big cloves and eating the smaller ones.
Because only the big cloves from the big bulbs will result in anything worth harvesting come spring. Big cloves produce big bulbs, small cloves produce small bulbs. Planting small cloves is a waste of your valuable time.
So invest in quality with only big, luscious bulbs from DutchGrown for a stunning spring garden!
The year of the allium for that ideal spring garden…
It’s the year to celebrate the allium~ the unsung hero of the bulb world.
Bold and whimsical these roundish blooms burst into color just as your tulips start to fade. Their timing is always impeccable, flowering when there’s a lull in the spring garden.
The perfect clump-forming perennial increasing in number each year.
And don’t you love reliable blooms? Bulbs that aren’t bothered by deer, rabbits, squirrels, insects, or disease? Bulbs that can flower for 3-4 weeks from May to July each year. Beat that!
No wonder animals avoid alliums, they are in the same family as the onions you buy at the grocery store. But there are over 700 species to choose from in this enormous family.
DutchGrown offers a stunning variety of alliums with over 21 types to select from. Alliums are so unique and different from each other that you’ll have a hard time making up your mind!
Sure, they carry some very traditional varieties that no doubt you’ve heard of including Globemaster and Drumsticks. But they also boast lesser-known varieties that will get your heart beating a little quicker.
The white Mount Everest will amaze you and no words can describe the allium Schubertii but I’ll do my best. Firecracker. This one looks like an exploding firecracker in your garden. Be amazed!
Besides, alliums self-seed when finishing blooming. You can’t ask for more! Finally, alliums make the best-dried flowers for arrangements and wreaths as they hold their shape. They also are the ideal cut flower.
I take that back! You can ask for more. Plant alliums to attract those super beneficial pollinators, the bees and the butterflies. We all win!
Let’s talk pricing with DutchGrown for your spring garden
This year DutchGrown sent me the tulip “Jonquieres’ to review. I would describe this tulip as a peony/rose tulip.
A fragrant pink and white flower with ruffled and fluttering petals that echo a peony in looks. Such a gorgeous addition to my spring garden.
I got 25 bulbs for just $29 making the ‘Jonquieres’ tulips $1.16 each. That’s wholesale pricing.
Cheaper than you’d pay at the local “big box” megastore that shall not be named…okay…Home Depot but much, much better quality bulbs.
We’re talking huge bulbs, too. Top-sized bulbs are sure to produce magnificent plants when their time comes. No puny bulb in sight!
But I digress. Because the more you buy, the more you save with DutchGrown. If you buy 100 bulbs at $98 dollars you’ll end up saving 23%.
Buying bulbs in bulk allows you to do mass plantings. Just a few bulbs planted around the yard doesn’t pack a punch as a mass planting does! With bulbs, the more the merrier.
I love clusters of bulbs in various colors and shapes for a dramatic impact.
And why not share a few extra bulbs with friends and family? Even split an order with a friend so you can all save more!
Regardless, the ‘Jonquieres’ tulip is sure to pull at your heartstrings and is a DutchGrown exclusive. Get it while you can! They do sell out!
Landscaper specials from DutchGrown
If you are new to the bulb scene and are planting for the first time (and trust me, it’s worth it!) then I would suggest going with the tried and true landscaper specials from DutchGrown.
This is truly wholesale pricing at its finest. You’ll get a collection of varied bulbs that are proven successful. Buying best sellers is a sure way to get healthy bulbs at a good value.
In particular, I like the Tulip Jumbo Darwin Mix. You’ll get a wide array of tulips in a variety of colors at an excellent price.
For just $24.50 you get 50 bulbs that will really pack a punch in spring. Again, think of those mass plantings! Or buy 500 bulbs at just $190 and share them with your mom or daughter.
The double daffodil mixture is also amazing at 50 bulbs for $38. In the past, I’ve noted these daffodils are extra special, fragrant blooms that make a bold statement when planted close together.
Orange, peach, white, pink, and cream hues all blend together to celebrate this double-flowered daffodil. You’ll also celebrate when the deer, squirrel, and rabbits avoid them!
You’ll have enough to pick, bring in the house, and make bouquets. How fun!
Buying crocus, scilla, and grape hyacinths is a wonderful way to welcome spring with well-established bulbs from DutchGrown.
The creme de la creme of bulbs with DutchGrown
DutchGrown has bulbs for all including beginning gardeners to master gardeners and everyone in between. Or if you just consider yourself a bulb enthusiast.
If you order from DutchGrown, I highly doubt you’ll ever buy bulbs anywhere else in the future. It’s the quality of these bulbs that amaze me.
It is bulk bulb buying with a personal twist. Their customer service is stellar. If you reach out to them with a question, you will hear back from them.
They have that 140 years of growth in which generation after generation has gleaned more insider knowledge to answer your questions.
I’ve been teaming up with DutchGrown for a few years now and the same bulbs come up year after year. Remember the foxtail lily and the fritillaria I’ve been raving about? Year after year, those bulbs are back.
And each year, the plants are a little bigger. I’ve actually had to stake them.
Since every year, I make it my mission to add some new varieties, my yard is going to start looking like it is Holland in the USA! And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I think my neighbors agree the vibrant flower show is astounding! Just what we all need when spring finally arrives.
I hope you are one of our three winners!