On May 16, 2013, Hemhostaholic Scranton, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on April 22, 2011, updated May 16, 2013
Posted on April 28, 2009, updated April 22, 2011
This was my maiden voyage (so to speak) with Brent and Becky's. I have gone into ordering with a friend of mine, and have split orders with him, but he's always been the one that has ordered...and everything has always been stellar! This order included 5 dahlias (all of the dahlias have dark leaves) and 10 lily bulbs, 5 of 2 different kinds. The dahlia clumps were huge! I think, without exaggerating that 1 of the clumps weighed almost a pound! The lily bulbs were all huge, about the size of a medium sized lemon/lime!
I will most definitely be ordering from B&B again!
On April 22nd, 2011, Hemhostaholic added the following:
I ordered (it was a gift from my better half) 2 different types of ornamental bananas (enseneta and rojo...i probably just butchered the spelling) 2 of each, and 2 'Diamond Head' Colocasia, alont with 2 different types of the dark leaved dahlias (5 each) and 5 canna musafolia. The bag of dahlias probably weighed about 2lbs...each, same with the banana cannas, the plants that were shipped (4 bananas, and 2 colocasias) were packed with such meticulous care, and the plants were a very extremely nice size to boot!
I will definitely be ordering from Brent and Becky's again!On May 16th, 2013, Hemhostaholic added the following:
My other half and I just got our order! 3 different EE's, 2 each, and 1 type of banana, 2 of them. Everything looks great, as usual! I continue to send gardening friends to B&B, and will continue to order from them as well!
On Apr 19, 2013, matisse13 Jacksonville, FL wrote:
I ordered from B&B for the first time. The service was great, telling me when I would receive my shipment to the exact day. The bulbs were the biggest, heaviest, healthiest looking plants I have ever seen. Every single one I planted is flourished wonderfully. I just found my new favorite bulb source - Thanks Garden Watchdog!
I have been buying bulbs from Brent and Becky's bulbs for many years. I find them to be the very best in every single aspect of selling bulbs. They always stand behind their product and take care of their customers. I just ordered many bulbs during their end of season closing sale. The box was so heavy I could barely carry it. I will continue to buy from this company, because I know that they stand behind their product. They are first rate and they answer all your questions!!!
Posted on September 17, 2012, updated November 22, 2012
Posted on September 20, 2007, updated September 17, 2012
I enjoy receiving the catalog; my problem is with the shipping charges. I recently sent in an order, including the shipping charge with my payment. I then received a phone call saying I owed another charge because part of the order had to be shipped early. (This I understand, and I don't have a problem with it, though it would have been nice to know that up front. ) This week, I received a letter stating that I owed ANOTHER shipping charge. As it stands right now, the shipping charges exceed the price of the bulbs I ordered. If I had known I was going to have to pay triple shipping, I probably would not have ordered from them. Next time, I'll know better!
On June 12th, 2008, tomtkitty changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
All the bulbs bloomed beautifully, especially the tommies! Now that I know about the separate shipping charges, I will plan my ordering accordingly. On January 1st, 2009, tomtkitty added the following:
Back in September, the saffron crocuses (croci?) I had bought the year before bloomed beautifully and even seem to have multiplied. No complaints here!On September 17th, 2012, tomtkitty added the following:
I am delighted with their customer service! I recently placed a bulb order and later received a phone call telling me that the package had been shipped & it would arrive the next day (it did). This is the first time I've ever had a company call to tell me that my order was on the way. Keep up the good work!On November 22nd, 2012, tomtkitty added the following:
The saffron crocuses that I ordered & potted up are now putting on a late season show of bloom. What a pleasant surprise as the floral displays wind down here in the Mid-South!
On Nov 21, 2012, DonnaMack Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on November 11, 2009, updated November 21, 2012
Posted on March 26, 2004, updated November 11, 2009
I have been ordering bulbs from B&B since 1999, and I would have to say that the results have been overwhelmingly positive. The lilies, chionodoxa, alliums, camasias and bulbocodiums have all been outstanding, but I have to give particular praise to their forced hyacinths, which I just ordered on sale this past season, and their amaryllis. I ordered amaryllis Picotee and Appleblossum, also on sale, and very late in the season, but one of my Picotees produced three stems, while another that produced two stems produced six flowers on a single stem. My only problem with B&B is that the quantities tend to be more than I can work into a setting. My garden is not large enough for 25 of one kind of daffodil, but for the so-called minor bulbs, the quality is had to beat, and I order every year without fail.
On November 11th, 2009, DonnaMack added the following:
I have been ordering from B&B every year since my initial review, and I continue to be very pleased with this company. From tulips, to iris reticulata, to crocus vernus, to narcissus, the quality is excellent and the customer service superb. I am also happy to say that the required quantities have been reduced, which has given me the ability to acquire smaller quantities of more bulbs. The ten Vie en Rose daffs I just received, for example, are huge and fresh. In terms of quality, they are on par with the best.On November 21st, 2012, DonnaMack added the following:
I places three orders this year - two regular orders and a sale order. All of the bulbs were wonderful, as always, and there was a nice touch. As I noted, I placed an initial order, and when I placed a second I was sent an email inquiring as to whether I could like them combined, in order to save shipping. I did, of course, but most companies would not have asked.
The result was that I saves several dollars on shipping. Very nice!
Order came in timely manner, fall bulbs were really fresh, no mold, well packed, nice size tulip bulbs compared to many I've received. Prices seem a little higher than some online but you get what you pay for. Just because 5 companies sell a variety of tulips at 5 dif. prices doesn't mean one is a bargain, you want BIG healthy bulbs and I am so happy with my trial order I placed a second one and next year I'm going to go crazy. For all the work of planting bulbs, who wants crap flowers to come up, you want impressive healthy flowers but that takes top quality bulbs.
On Oct 29, 2012, nitzi1944 Kings Park, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on May 9, 2011, updated October 29, 2012
Posted on October 29, 2010, updated May 9, 2011
Posted on October 9, 2010, updated October 29, 2010
Posted on April 26, 2008, updated October 9, 2010
This is my first order with this company. The Liatris and Crocosmia are huge bulbs and well labled and packaged. I just planted them. I will order again. This company knows what they are doing.
On May 12th, 2008, nitzi1944 added the following:
The liatris are already showing signs of growth. All 10 of the "Alba" have sprouted. I can't wait for them to bloom this summer. So far, I am thrilled with this company. I am planning to order bulbs to be planted in the fall. The catalog looks great. This is top notch company to order from. You get what you pay for! On October 9th, 2010, nitzi1944 added the following:
I just received my order of bulbs. They all look fantastic, big and healthy. Most of the daffodils have 2 or 3 bulblets attached to the mother bulb. I planted daffodil"Stratosphere" this morning. All the bulbs were well packed and arrived in a nice plastic crate by UPS. I can't wait for Spring!On October 29th, 2010, nitzi1944 added the following:
I just finished planting N. Acropolis and 50 N. Manly. This was from an additional order. The bulbs arrived within a week and were packed well. I have to say the two bulb trowels I ordered mde planting so much easier and efficient.
It only took a little over 1 hr. to plant 100. Whew!All done for this year. The quality of blossoms should be fantastic next Spring.On May 9th, 2011, nitzi1944 added the following:
All the bulbs I Ordered came up and were specacular. Acropolis, Manly and Stratosphere daffodils kasted a long time. People were knocking on my door to compliment the display. Highly rec. B and B.On October 29th, 2012, nitzi1944 added the following:
My bulbs arrived on time. They are huge and healthy. I can't wait for the hyacinths and tulips to bloom next year. Great product.
On Jul 9, 2012, RemyO Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
I've ordered from Brent and Becky's for as long as they've been around and have always been very pleased. Their bulbs are large and healthy. They grow exceptionally well. I love their daffodils.
There is a marked difference between the growth of their lily bulbs and other companies.
When I've ordered lilies from their half price sale, they sometimes are sprouted a little, but that's ok. They are alive and getting planted right away being spring is in full swing.
On Jun 7, 2012, FiremanDave Red Bluff, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
I have ordered from B and B for years and always have trusted that they really know what they are talking about when they write descriptions in their catalog or give you advice over the phone, via email or on their call in radio podcast "Tete a Tete". Brent has always been happy to help with a culture question or to help me choose a particular bulb, especially their amazing selection of narcissus!
I feel that I can really trust them to ship bulbs at the right time, even though they often ship much later than other companies, but I think their decades of experience always prove that they know when it is best to plant. IE they ship very late to CA since we often have hot dry weather in fall which is bad for planting.
On Jun 7, 2012, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:
Thanks, FiremanDave! We appreciate your trust in us! It means more than we can express.
By the way, if you haven't already listened to yesterday's "Tete-a-Tete", we're no longer live. It became more difficult to justify changing our schedules to be there live when, honestly, most of our audience listens to the recorded post. So yesterday's show with my wife, Denise, was the first of our pre-recorded shows. But we're still hear to answer your questions!
On Jun 2, 2012, RebeccaLynn Winston Salem, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
I placed my order on Monday night, May 28, the last possible moment before Brent and Becky's summer catalog closed. All of their bulbs were half priced, and I placed an "impulse order." I was really surprised when the large box of 35 bulbs (nine different ones) arrived on Thursday! They were beautifully packed and well labeled. Not a bad bulb in the lot. I planted them today (Saturday).
On May 26, 2012, dmac085 Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on May 26, 2012, updated May 26, 2012
Posted on May 29, 2010, updated May 26, 2012
Posted on May 24, 2006, updated May 29, 2010
Impulse purchase of 1/2 price summer bulbs/tubers. Ordered on Sunday and had package by Wednesday afternoon. Easy to use webstore. Lily bulbs are large and have a great weight to them, NONE of them have started to sprout in the bags, which is usually the case with late season bulbs. The dahlia tubers are generous and plump, some have tiny eyes beginning.
First time purchasing from this company after having enjoyed their catalog for many years. I will definitely be returning.
On June 11th, 2006, dmac085 added the following:
Just a follow up to admit I left the lilies in the bag for a week and all began sprouting:) Have planted everything and the lilies are up 6-8 inches each and the dahlias are breaking ground as are the gladiola. I'm very pleased and will have no issues purchasing at full price in the future. On July 26th, 2006, dmac085 added the following:
July 26, 2006
I've got really strong health lilies. The Red Hot's just started to open today and they are beautiful. The other 2 varieties are going to pop open soon. I've also got 3 beatiful Dahlias that have put out their first couple of flowers. The only no shows are some glads but I really think that was my fault for putting them in too shallow of a pot. They have leafed out but I don't think I'm going to see a flower. Later in the fall they will be moved to the planting bed so I can enjoy them next summer.
Very nice!On June 7th, 2008, dmac085 added the following:
June 2008--Purchased from their 50% off end of spring season sale. My order was acknowledged quickly, recvd. confirmation and the order was shipped and recvd within 4 days of my order being placed.
The lilies I purchased were huge--sprouts formed which I had expected since this is end of the planting season. Dahlia tubers were healthy and starting to sprout and the glad corms were the largest that I've seen from anywhere I've purchased from. Taking the size of the bulbs and corms into account and providing I plant them in a timely manor, I'm expecting to see some great lilies and glads a bit later this summer. On May 29th, 2010, dmac085 added the following:
05.29.10 Summer Clearance Order
Received quickly, good packing, all items in great condition.
Lilies--ready to plant--not smooshy.
Glad and Crocosmia corms firm--no shrinking.
Dahlia tuber plump with eyes.
Will be enjoying all of these later this summer:)On May 26th, 2012, dmac085 added the following:
Ordered on May 19 and received on May 23--super fast to ship. I splurge on their summer clearance sale each season and this year was no different. Very happy with my order. The lilies were really big and super ready to be in the soil as were the glads. The two dahlia tubers were showing growth. Couldn't be happier and I do appreciate their summer clearance which gives me the opportunity to try more things than I would normally be able to without breaking the bank. On May 26th, 2012, dmac085 added the following:
Ordered on May 19 and received on May 23--super fast to ship. I splurge on their summer clearance sale each season and this year was no different. Very happy with my order. The lilies were really big and super ready to be in the soil as were the glads. The two dahlia tubers were showing growth. Couldn't be happier and I do appreciate their summer clearance which gives me the opportunity to try more things than I would normally be able to without breaking the bank.
I received my spring order last week. Everything was well packed and shipped during the week I requested. I am very pleased with my order. All the Dahlia roots were huge and each had growth already starting. The other plants were very nice also, including a huge Canna 'Musifolia'. The Alocasia 'Mayan Mask' has already most doubled in size already in the heat we have had this past week. What a nice source for plants you would never see locally!
On Apr 6, 2012, blueschiz Landenberg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I'm looking at all the loveliness in my garden that came last fall from Brent & Becky's. The daffodils are stunning and HUGE! Tulips, crocus and hyacinthoides have been very rewarding as well. I will say their perennials were very small and I had my doubts, but they were healthy and have really taken off this spring after fall planting. My garden is a spring beauty!
March 16 2012 I received an order of bulbs from this firm. They all arrived well packaged and clearly labeled, healthy, moist and firm. The lily bulbs were so stocky if they were bodybuilders they would win every competition they entered.
The lily bulbs were exhibition size. They were so impressive tears of joy came to my eyes.
I commend the person who communicates with customers via e mail. Their e mails are prompt and detailed. They notified me of the FedEx shipment and expected arrival date. They shipped on Tuesday and I received my package in Scott Louisiana on Friday. Add my name to your list of massively impressed customers.
Posted on January 26, 2011, updated August 28, 2011
I placed my first order this winter for pre-cooled daffodils. The order came quickly and the bulbs were very large. I just placed an order for summer bulbs and plants. Their prices and shipping charges are reasonable. I enjoyed reading their remedies for planting outside their zone. I even ordered Sprekelia Fomosissima, but I got cold feet and called customer service and picked a safer choice. As a new gardener I really appreciate the detailed descriptions as well as the pictures of plant combination suggestions.
On August 28th, 2011, RUBYS added the following:
This spring I place an order with them. The stars of my garden were the four hippeastrum bulbs that I received (Dancing Queen and Baby Star). The lilies were beautiful. I bought 3 red hot pokers, I lost one the other 2 did'nt bloom this year, but seem healthy. I planted two pineapple lilies. The one that was so small that I thought would be a dud has shown more growth than sparkling beauty,which was a very large bulb.I hope they both survive and perform better next summer. I also placed a fall order for minor bulbs and in the future I will check during end of season sales to try bulbs that I am unfamiliar with or that would be more risky in my zone.
Came in from the 100 degree heat and wanted to let everyone know how much I have enjoyed my oriental lilies that I purchased from Brent and Becky's. The lilies have been blooming for over a month in this heat. The order I placed last fall of spring bulbs was exceptional in size and quality. The daffodils put on the most beautiful display and the neighbors were all coming by and commenting on them. I have been purchasing from Brent and Becky's for years and even in this NC climate I have Olympic Flame tulips that have come back for 10+ years. It may just be the perfect location but they have paid for themselves over and over. This past year I started planting the species tulips because they seem to do well in this area. The customer service has always been prompt to let me know if there is a sold out item or other changes in my order. Thank you to all the staff at Brent and Becky's and I will be looking thru the catalog this afternoon as I plan what will be on my order for this fall.
Tulips planted last fall were a welcome addition to our spring garden - gorgeous blooms and some unusual varieties too. Spring order arrived promptly. All nice size bulbs and tubers growing nicely. Can't wait for the dahlia's to bloom. Would definitely order from them again.
Ordered elephant ears and canna intrigue from this company in Feb 2011. They came in the spring very well packaged and in good shape. I was very impressed with size of all but Borneo Giant. I have ordered elephant ears from several other companies the last 3 years and these were by far the best. The Black Magic, Illustris, Black Stem and Diamond Head look really impressive as of end of June. The borneo Giant is still coming along slow here in zone 5 but I think I will move it into more shade. I don't think it likes the full sun.The canna intrigue is also coming along slowly.
On May 31, 2011, linette2001 Gainesville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Just received my second order from them. Both orders had healthy, nice-sized bulbs. My lilies from the fall had gorgeous blooms and my amarcrinum are thriving. The plants I ordered this Spring are very
healthy. Highly recommend.
On May 20, 2011, planthugger Rogersville, MO wrote:
I will only echo this response from AphidsDontRock: High quality plants and bulbs, informative catalog, conscientious customer service, and prices that compare favorably with other companies offering the same quality. I've ordered from Brent and Becky's for years and will continue to do so.
ALL-ROUND EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE. My order was small and late in the season of 2010 but the bulbs (ten feather hyacinth) were large and healthy and neatly packaged. All of them are breaking out and looking promising. "Brent & Becky's" has the ring of a small "mom/pop" operation but it must be humongous. I did notice a slight cumbersomeness in their internal procedures but it had no real negative impact on the transaction.The nursery's minimal guarantee is a bit off-putting but on reflection is understandable and it is a big PLUS for the nursery that they are so blunt, precise, and up-front about their basic responsibilities. Thanks for the high quality of care and product.
I would have liked to have received my order a bit earlier but I waited until their suggested timeframe since they are the experts. Regardless - worth the wait. I had bought some caladiums from Walmart and what a huge difference. Huge! Yes, I realize it was Walmart but quite honestly the prices weren't hugely different. I've ordered a lot of bulbs over my lifetime and I'd say these are some of the best I've ever received. Plus they were packaged nicely and their planting instructions were extremely helpful - not just cookie-cutter instructions copied from elsewhere. I will order again.
Ordered 4 crinum bulbs in late February. Company promptly gave me a shipping date for two weeks later. I don't believe my credit card was charged until shipping was done. Received box on Saturday, shortly after receiving my notice earlier in week that bulbs had been shipped. I know that size of bulbs vary greatly depending on the crinum, but all four bulbs appear to be blooming size for these particular crinums. Company has great service and prices, but don't offer much variety in crinums. They have lots of other bulbs and I will be ordering cannas and elephant ears next since I am pleased with this company.
Fantastic bulbs. All the bulbs I received were large and healthy, and many were doubles. All of the bulbs I bought have come up and are blooming beautifully except for some crocus bulbs that have completely disappeared, possibly eaten by moles.
On Mar 16, 2011, EastBend East Bend, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
I love this company! Some years ago I ordered 100s of bulbs from Brent & Becky's for fall planting. It was an end of season sale & the prices were unbelievably low- my expectations were to receive the dregs of their leftover stock but for those amazing prices it was soooooo worth the risk! I was overjoyed with the quality of the bulbs I received. They were large & firm, not a dud in the bunch. They were well-packaged in large plastic crates. I ordered Thalia daffodils, crocus tommasinius, anemones, ipheon & others. The ground was nearly frozen when I planted it all. In the spring I was thrilled by the beauty of the blooming display! Sadly, I divorced these wonderful plants in 2006. I have since relocated to a new home of my own and am now looking forward to doing busines with Brent & Becky's again :)
On Feb 21, 2011, AphidsDontRock Grosse Pointe, MI wrote:
High quality plants and bulbs, informative catalog, conscientious customer service, and prices that compare favorably with other companies offering the same quality. I've ordered from Brent and Becky's for years and will continue to do so.
Posted on May 8, 2010, updated February 13, 2011
I have ordered from B&B many times. Service has always been excellent. Bulbs are among the largest I have encountered locally or mail order. I also get what I order. Have used some other companies and ended up with orange asiatics coming up instead of pink etc. Just placed an order for fall bulbs. Things went well as usual.
On February 13th, 2011, rabbitsdiner added the following:
Since my last comment...received my order of beautifully sized bulbs. I had placed a smaller order than usual...some things I had thought of and wanted to order immediately, to make sure they were in stock. I intended to return and order more but didn't get to it! (Oops!) Next year will order many more. Later I had a bit of a crisis. I had a miscommunication with my wonderful gardener. The bulbs that she planted had a fertilizer overdose. I called B&B for advice. They said Brent himself was in the office and turned me over to him. He was so pleasant, knowledgeable (of course) and helpful. I emailed a thank you for their kindness and received a lovely response from Becky! These are wonderful, expert, professional people with fabulous products. It's such a privilege and pleasure to do business with this company.
On Jan 5, 2011, gdionelli Huntington, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on January 10, 2007, updated January 5, 2011
Received big fat firm daffodil bulbs, just when expected. Good communication; good selection of bulbs.
On January 5th, 2011, gdionelli added the following:
I've ordered multiple times from Brent & Becky's, including this past November. The bulbs they've sent me have been huge, and delivery has been quick. And I've had delightful dealings with them on the phone.
On Nov 6, 2010, bbrookrd nantucket, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on November 9, 2009, updated November 6, 2010
Posted on December 14, 2006, updated November 09, 2009
I ordered four times directly from Brent and Becky's Bulbs this year. The number of bulbs ordered was about 950 bulbs. Most of the orders where for spring blooming bulbs for 2007. The website, as well as the catalog, are precise, easy to use and their bulb selection is the most extensive I've seen in the industry for the U.S. gardener. Their prices are competitive and the shipping is very fair. Their fall sales are a terrific way to indulge and experiment with some of the more unusual items. It was hard to wait for the final mark down, but I received a good portion of what I selected and the size and condition of the bulbs was as good as it gets. I posted a picture of a clump of a Hippeastrum, 'supreme Garden' that I received this past week in the bulb forum as an example of a terrific bulb. It was incredibly generous. The lilies I planted from them last summer all did splendidly. Patti
On November 9th, 2009, bbrookrd added the following:
I once again ordered a bunch of bulbs on July 17Th 2009 from Brent and Becky that included 15 different Narcissus, 16 different Tulips, 3 different Iris and 7 other types of Alliums, Crocus, Anemone and Muscarii. I am happy to rave about the whole process. They are very organized with the invoicing, shipping and as well as with the quality of bulbs. I love this company and their customer service people. They are always quick to advise if something is unavailable or not up to their standards and are happy to fix the problem in any way that will make the customer happy. What a concept in this day. Thanks again, PattiOn November 6th, 2010, bbrookrd added the following:
My 2010 fall bulb order arrived as requested recently and was, as always first rate. They always have provide great communication and packing with my multiply orders placed each year. I have ordered many thousands of bulbs and some bare rooted plants from them over the last few years and I have had not one complaint about their offerings. Their website is clear and easy to use. They also supply the most useful planting information which I can trust. I always feel that this company, though a mail order site for me, is like a friendly old local business, I feel that they pay attention to all their customers like old friends. I can't wait for their 2011 catalog with their spring offerings which will be a sure sign for me that the new season has begun in earnest.