Some things you can put off, like buying your wife an engagement ring for your 20th anniversary. But others require immediate action. This is one of those latter times. Garden centers are bursting at the seams with daffodil, tulip, hyacinth, and other bulbs that will make your yard respectable next spring. In a few weeks, though, they’ll all be gone.
That’s because like every other store, garden centers can’t wait to sucker you in to buy tons of Christmas merchandise that you’ll spend a fortune on and quickly throw away. So bulbs and plants have only weeks to get sold in autumn before they’re chucked.
Another reason to buy now is to get the best variety and the highest quality. Big bulbs bloom better than scrawny ones. And don’t think mail-order suppliers will necessarily save you. They’ll sell out of their most popular bulbs fast.
Favorite Mail-Order Sources
Garden centers have a good stock of bulbs this year, but they may not have the variety you want. The following four mail-order suppliers sell high-quality bulbs that may be hard to locate elsewhere. Give them a try. They won’t disappoint.