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I ordered 2 Hardy Geranium Double Jewel very early in the spring. When they came they were very, very nice bare root plants. When I planted them they came up beautifully. I only wish I had ordered more before they were sold out.
tsbccowboy Saint Paul, MN (27 reviews) April 26, 2007
I bought some White Feather Hostas, at a good price, and they all arrived in good condition. If they are virus-free, I will be very happy.
The rhizomes I got from Gardening Bulbs were of a good size, and looked healthy. They were kind of dried out, though, and there was NO packaging to speak of. They were simply put into the box and sealed up, then tumbled around inside the box on their way to me. It would have taken maybe about five minutes to wrap the rhizomes in newspaper and then stick a couple more wads of newspaper into the box with them. Ridiculous to cut corners this way.On April 22nd, 2007, White_Hydrangea changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
Since I had a fairly good experience last time I bought from Gardeningbulbs, I tried them again. I am so sorry I did! I ordered a $50 Kirinmaru peony, the showpiece of my garden, and more than I've ever spent on a plant before. I also ordered a packet of certified organic lavender seeds. The seeds simply never showed up. And when I opened the package to put this expensive peony in its planting hole, it fell out in about 6 different pieces! Sprouts and roots were simply snapped off. I shoved the pieces into the hole, since I already had it dug, but I have no hope that they will survive. This is simply inexcusable. I've planted peonies before, and I know that peonies, especially high--price peonies, DON'T come as a collection of broken twigs and sticks! This is simply heartbreaking. Do NOT order from these people!Company representative comment on October 16, 2006: On Oct 16, 2006 3:34 PM, GardeningBulbs.com added:
Thanks for the heads up! We will check this out and make sure the situation is corrected in the future. If the plants happen not to grow to your expectations we will give you a complete refund including shipping. Jason@tridentcorp.com
justdeb Birmingham, AL (Zone 7b) (3 reviews) July 6, 2006
I've ordered quite an array of items from gardeningbulbs.com and overall my experience has been positive. I've ordered hanging basket begonias, dahlias, lilly of the valley, freesia, asiatic lillies, astilbe, and calla lillies. I'm a complete novice (as probably evidenced by my hodge-podge of choices) but have had fairly good luck.
Everything came up, with the exception of the lilly of the valley and one of the Dahlias. I called about the Dahlia and they promptly replaced it. I suspect I planted the Lilly of the valley wrong. Astilbe started really slow, but I suspect I planted it upside down (be kind, I'm a novice).
The freesia has grown, but no blooms yet. I don't know if it's too soon, or something I've done/not done, but I haven't given up on it yet. Half of the asiatic lillies have bloomed, and the colors are incredible, definately worth the wait, those that didn't make it were the result of unleashed neighborhood dogs.
Considering how little I know, and how many things I've since learned I've done wrong & the fact that they were so quick to offer up a replacement the one occasion on which I called, I'd have to believe the bulbs were of good enough quality to survive me and I will order from them again.
carrielamont Milton, MA (Zone 6a) (20 reviews) October 7, 2005
I'm not sure why I chose this relatively unknown (to DG) to buy bulbs from; maybe because they have not just bulbs but perennials, too. Today I got autumn lilac crocus and (bare root) Royal Velvet Potentilla. I guess I'll have to wait and see how everyone does.On October 7th, 2005, carrielamont added the following:
NB: It took me awhile to figure out that the shioment was from GardeningBulbs; all the paperwork said "MasterGarden" or "MasterGardening".
Spring of 2005 I place a rather expensive (for the product) order for a "collection" (2 plants) of fuchsia plants from gardeningbulbs.com. The plants arrived in an extremenly poor state of health; however, I decided to try and help them survive. Unfortunately they did not live and I decided by mid-summer to request a refund. Since mid-July I have gotten nothing but lame excuses, lies, and general run around from this company as to my purchase. I have given up and told them they are welcome to keep their ill gotten gains if they will simply leave me alone and remove me from any email/mailing lists.
This is just a warning to other gardeners to please be careful when dealing with this/these company/companies. Their products are not as advertised and their guarantee is literally not worth the paper it is written on. It is so sad that there are those doing internet commerce who prey on the unsuspecting.Company representative comment on September 9, 2005: I have exhausted all efforts in trying to convince the customer they have been credited. I have even gone to Discover card and attempted a 3 way call to settle the issue. Verisign, Discover and my records show the credit. I am basically in a situation where the customer has demanded monies in order not to place bad ratings on the internet. I have declined to take this offer. I have all records and letters from Discover showing proper credit and invite anyone to see upon inquiry to this issue. In a situation where a charge has been made and plants die a credit is granted deserved and legally required. Any Credit Card Co would surely grant a charge back. The customer did go through that process, but now even insists the credit card company is wrong. I therefore have no resolution for this issue. If anyone in the gardening community has any suggestions or solutions or if anyone wishes to assist in mediating the issue with our company and the customer my records are open for a complete review and we can allow for an independent gardener to post what they see. ANY IDEAS?