What?! I can haz bulbs? Still?


Far be it from me to encourage anybody to spend more money
on bulbs, BUT. Brent and
is still shipping a surprisingly good selection of indoor-forcing
bulbs. And they’re 50% off. Normally, by this time in December, you would not expect to
be able to get such exotic tazettas as Grand Soleil d’Or (above) and Golden Rain (the
double form, below) but they still have them and a lot of other varieties, including
some nice hippeastrum and freesia. Most bulb houses have shut down their fall sales by this time.

I have already ordered mine, so felt it only fair to post
this, in case any of you were interested. They really do make terrific gifts,
in a nice glass vase with river stones. I have been giving them for years, and
the recipients always report successful blooming.

So there you have it.  I felt sharing
this information was the right thing to do.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. Thanks… now I’m going to have to exercize the strongest possible will power to keep from rushing off and buying more bulbs! I’m already thinking, “Oh, I’ll just LOOK…” but we all know where “just looking” at the Brent and Becky catalog gets you.

  2. Bulb sales we’re miserable this year. We didn’t really start selling them until we marked them down 50%.

    We will order even less next year. It may end up that the best selection of bulbs will be on the internet. At 50% off there is little or no profit.

    Maybe someday it will turn around, but I think it will be awhile.

  3. Same here Trey….Not down 50% but down anyway. Deer have ravaged the bulb biz in New York. I think it is indicative that fall gardening is not on the minds of average gardeners. The “Fall is For Planting” campaign in the 80’s flopped.

    However indoor gardening is booming! My paperwhite/amaryliis sales doubled this year including the super premium 42cm+ amaryllis that retailed for $22 a piece!

    Hydroponics, grow lights and tropicals continue o do well.

    My synopsis: the population is aging, last several OCtobers have been cold, people give up and stay inside.

    The TROLL

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