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Re: Bulb Source Ratings

In a message dated 97-09-03 00:38:09 EDT, you write:
>	The September issue of CONSUMER REPORTS has rated major sources on
>certain, selected bulbs.  The rankings are as follows:
>	1. White Flower Farm
>	2. Local nurseries (open stock)
>	3. Breck's
>	4. Dutch Gardens
>	5. Van Dyck's Flower Farms
>	6. Van Bourgodien Brothers
>	7. Home Depot
>	8. Frank's Nursery
>	9. Wal*Mart
>       10. Kmart	
>       11. Michigan Bulb Company ('small size and unhealthy appearance')

Hey Walter.... this makes me wonder about Consumer Reports!  On a scale of 1
to 10, Michigan Bulb should get at LEAST a minus 13!  The fact that it's even
on the list is disheartening.  

IMHO.... I buy bulbs the way I buy irises... from bulb specialists.  McClure
and Zimmerman have excellent quality for bulbs in general, as does Van
Engleth (although you'll have to purchase a larger quantify).  Grant Mitsch
has daffodils to die for, as does the Daffodil Mart.

In the Guest house, Breck's and Michigan Bulb get recycled right away... the
other catalogs are sometimes ordered from, but mainly used for reference...
and I have philosophical concerns about a hardware store 'eating the
nurseries' lunch'.  

BY THE WAY... before I get in trouble for being so far off topic... iris
reticulata are VERY reasonable from Van Engleth (for one), and they force
beautifully!  The WNY Iris Society tries to purchase  a few hundred for
offering a spring Garden Shows.

Kathyguest..... East Aurora, NY where the grape hyacinths are poking their
leaves above the ground for a 'nip' before bed.

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