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A Customer's Suggestion & Bulbs
August 10, 2010

We had a suggestion from a customer who urged us to pass it on and maybe save you some money.

Our tempting & informative newsletters have created a problem. Customers who have already placed an earlier order would like to add these tempting newsletter items but don't know how. Our web site treats these additions as a separate order with separate shipping charges. Given our frequent and irresistible offerings this can get costly.

The suggestion was that we should make it possible for customers to add to their existing orders and save on shipping. So if you've already placed an order with us, just give us a call to 1-800- 339-8314 or send us an email to  with your additions and we'll gladly add them to your order. This saves you money by keeping your shipping costs down, saves everyone's energy and you don't have to pass up those great newsletter temptations.

Please note that we can only add to orders that haven't already been shipped. And don't forget to put your name on your e-mail so we can find your order.

Dugald Cameron

Autumn Flowering Bulbs - plant now for flower this fall

I get no end of fun watching the puzzled faces of passers by when they see my front garden in the fall. They stop and stare with remarks like "What's that?" or "Shouldn't these be blooming in the spring?". Autumn flowering bulbs will liven up any fall garden, live for years and are hardy in most parts of Canada. Plant some now and enjoy the flowers this fall!

Dugald Cameron

ORDER NOW - These will arrive later this month and will be shipped as soon as they do.


These came originally from the mountains around the Mediterranean where they grow in gritty, well drained soil. They bloom best in a sunny spot and start when the night temperatures are below 5 degrees; usually October or November in Southern Ontario. Unlike their spring flowering cousins, they leaf out in the spring, die back in summer and bloom in the autumn. They may bloom late the first season.


This is the Saffron Crocus. Native to the mountains of Spain and Portugal where saffron-loving crocus enthusiasts gather the stigmas which are the saffron strands used in cooking. You need lots of flowers to get enough saffron, but then how many gardeners do you know who "grow their own". Sativus isn't the easiest autumn crocus to grow as it must have a gritty soil and full sun but it is always popular with our customers.



By far the easiest autumn crocus to grow and I think it's one of the most beautiful. There are many forms of this Crimean native and we offer several. They can easily be forced by potting them up and exposing them to cool night temperatures to induce flowering.




Also from the mountains of the Mediterranean but a much bigger bulb, flower and plant than autumn crocus. An extract of this bulb is the source of Colchicine; used by plant geneticists to double chromosomes and pharmacologists to treat gout. All parts of the Colchicum are poisonous if eaten and because of this - utterly squirrel proof.

Their large leaves appear in the spring, die back by late spring and bloom in September or October. They will also flower even if not planted but must be in the ground as soon as possible. Colchicum aren't as fussy about soil as crocus and are perfectly happy in average garden soil where they will form a nice patch year after year. They are particularly effective when grown through ground covers.


This is the deepest coloured Colchicum we offer and my favourite because of it's chequered blooms.




Colchicum autumnale are among the hardiest of the Colchicum family and this one is the best of the white forms.




The huge, double-flowered blooms make this one of the most impressive of all Colchicum.








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