Choice Bulb Farms

BULB news

Wednesday, April 10, 2013.


Spring is definitely here! We are now picking small frittelarias, erthoronium (glacier lily), summer snowflake, muscari, and specialty daffodils. On the photos, one shows the assortment we offer at local farmers' markets. The other photo is of our glacier lilies blooming in the field!

Sunday, March 16, 2013


The daffodils are hesitantly sticking up their heads wondering if it is time. I still have a few jobs that have been lagging over the winter and now is a good time to clean up and grade those lily of the valley roots so they will be ready to sell or to plant.

We should have enough product to start selling at the Farmers Markets right around Easter: the University Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and Ballard Farmers’ Market on Sundays. Come and see us you’ll be amazed.

Monday, November 19, 2012


We have just dismantled our bulb retail setup. It is a very ugly wet day. Here are some pictures to show you how the end of the season looks for us. See you next season!

Monday, October 1, 2012.
We now have 48 different kinds of bulbs available for sale at Saturdays at the University Farmers’ Market, and Sundays at the Ballard Farmers’ Market. Most all of these bulbs are unusual, some are natives. All are very well adaptered for growing here in the Pacific Northwest. Come and see us through October.


On the wholesale level, we are out of some items. We will start planting as soon as get some moisture to restore the structure of our bone-dry soil.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 We are now digging bulbs. Progress is slow and steady. It is quite hot (as you can see in the picture).


Monday, August 6, 2012 All floral products are now gone! We are eagerly looking forward to your bulb orders.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012. we now have a very nice selection of Eremurus, Allium and brodiaea in stock ready to ship to established clients.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012. We had some computer issues, ( who does not? ). In the meantime, we have the following items in stock: Globemaster, Sicilum, Mars, Mt. Everest, Firmament, schubertii, multibulbosum, Moly, Scilla campanulata, in Eremurus, in Prime only Peach, in # 1, peach, pink, yellow, orange, a few white, cream and apricot still to come, in the 4 to 5 ft size bunched in 5’s, so far only peach and orange, expect a fair amount of cream (a light yellow with a dark eye ), in brodiaea’s; Ida maja, pink diamond, hyacinthine,congesta and starlight. I would strongly urge you to take us up on our bulb offer (one special offer per customer only!). It won’t last and we do not plan to grow more than we do already. You can .


Thursday, April 12.


The snow tires are off. That means the flowers should be here soon! Come find us at the Ballard Farmers’ Market most Sundays this spring.

Tuesday, November 2. Today is November 2 (All Souls Day). The bulbs are all tucked away,we are counting the pennies and hope we can make it till we start a new season. Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas to all ye happy souls!

Iris foetidusGetting ready for the final day at the marketBittersweetCounting the pennies

Tuesday, October 12. We are now planting bulbs and hope to be done by the end of the month. Planting conditions are quite good relative to other years. Pictures tell a better story.

Be sure to drop by the University and the Ballard Farmers’ Markets to get your spring bulbs from us!

Colchicum in the fieldPlanting machine at workMarket set upColchicum basket

Wednesday, September 14. We have dug up all the bulbs. The photos you see are of Eremerus roots. If they are too big, you can always purchase little ones from your favorite Dutch bulb supplier. These will grow and flower next year.

Eremerus harvestJan with bucketfuls of EremerusEremerus harvest

Thursday, August 18, 2011 We are now harvesting bulbs! They are a little late this year.

ColchicumeryhtroniumBulb harvesting

Sunday, July 24, 2011 We are now picking Allium “Drumstrick”. That finishes out our bulb blower season.

Monday, June 27, 2011 We are now picking Allium “Hair”, Eremerus “Shellford” and Eremerus “Olga”. We are still waiting for Brodiaea Corona and its variants as well as the drumstick Allium (aka bullet onion).


Saturday, June 18, 2011 Picking is in full swing now. We have all colors of the Eremurus Ruyter hybrids, the very best of all Eremurus. In Alliums, new is Firmament. We also have Alliums Schubertii, Moly, and Multibulbosum. In Brodiaeas: Ida Maija, Pink Diamond, Hyacinthina and Congesta. Harvests for todayPhotosHarvests

Thursday, June 9, 2011 now in bloom! Large alliums: Mount Everest, Mars, Globemaster, Sicilum.Allium "Globemaster"

Thursday, May 26, 2011 We now have pink and white wood hyacinths (Scilla hispanica). The first midsize Alliums (“Purple Sensation” & “Jesdianum”). By Monday, expect the first large Alliums (Stipitatum and “Gladiator”). Also, the first of the Large Eremurus (Himalaicus and Himrob). These are white and light pink respectively.

Friday, May 16, 2011 We are now also picking blue Scilla hispanica. No whites yet. We are also picking green Ornithogalum nutans (Star of Bethlehem), and Allium cowanii. These are all lovely for fine floral work.

Video Tip: Don’t Mix your Daffodils with other flowers My friend, David Perry, shot this video of me explaining why you should not mix daffodils with other flowers in a vase.

Monday, May 9, 2011 We are out of Frittelaria and Muscari latifolia. We are now picking Muscari “Sapphire”, a sterile sport of the common Muscari, with a very long shelf life, and Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus.

Snow geese in our fieldsMonday, April 18, 2011. I can truly say that in all the years I have done this, I have never seen weather this horrid in this time period. However, the snowgeese have left the valley. That must mean winter is finally over!

We are presently picking Frittelaria assyriaca,
Erythronium “Pagoda”, and Muscari latifolia. Hopefully, as time goes on, we will keep this section updated.

Sunday, March 20, 2011 Our season appears to be very late at this point  at least 2 weeks later than average.

Tuesday, March 3, 2011. Our website, is now live!