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Welcome to the Clare Bulb Company website.
Last updated by Andy Bone November 2015

The Clare Bulb Company is located in the small Suffolk town of Clare, where we have been selling bulbs for going on forty years. We specialise in supplying spring bulbs for the gardener with the larger garden who may want to buy bulbs in bulk. However, our prices are exceptionally competitive for smaller quantities as well. 
We concentrate on the more common bulbs, the ones which we know will grow  well in most gardens, and also bulbs "in the green", such as bluebells and snowdrops. 
Each variety shown on the price-lists has a link to an "Info box", which shows the height of the variety,  when it flowers, and offer useful tips. Click here for an example. 
We also offer growing advice, which are also linked to the pricelists. Click here for an example. 
Bulbs are purchased from leading Dutch and English growers, from people we know, and whose quality is second to none.
We only sell bulbs, (and nothing else), as we believe in specialistion. Until recently we have been best known in East Anglia, but the internet now allows us to offer our exceptional quality and low prices to anyone who wants a garden full of spring colour.  Click here if you would like to view a selection of pictures of the bulbs we sell flowering in our Suffolk garden.

To order spring bulbs "On-Line" for 2015 delivery please click here to use our Roman Cart On-Line shopping facility. As you will see there are very few varieties still available, (a purple strap means the variety concerned has run out).

Bluebells, snowdrops and aconites "In the green" To place your order for spring 2016 delivery please  click here

100 days of daffodils and tulips: Click here to view our recommendation.

NB If you wish to order "Off line" please click here to view our written price-list, which can be printed and used as an order form.

Examples of just a few of our bulbs growing in our own award winning garden, (click here for more pictures of the garden )  


 English Bluebells     

Aconites Tulip Monsella Red Apeldoorn Mount Hood TÍte a TÍte Crocus  Alliums Camassia


Hyacinths Dutch Iris Best Seller Canaliculatus Tulip Abu Hassan Autumn Crocus Tulip West Point Queen of Night  Allium Globemaster Inferno  Imperial Lily

Other useful Information:

Bulb Sizes: Our low prices are not at the expense of the size of the bulbs. Our daffodils and narcissus are all "Top size", as growers call them, which means daffodils are 14/16 cms in circumference, (click here for a picture), tulips are generally 11/12's, crocuses 7/8's, prepared hyacinths 16/17's, and so on.  Bigger bulbs give better flowers. N.B. Often the special offers found in newspapers and elsewhere are for smaller size bulbs than we offer! Smaller bulbs mean smaller flowers, (or none), and may not come up the following year.

Bulb Quality: Unlike many bulb companies our experienced team pack all our orders by hand, not only visually inspecting each and every bulb to ensure it meets our exacting standards, but gently squeezing each bulb (other than those sold by weight), to ensure it is firm to the touch, a sure sign of vigour.  You may be assured that nothing is put in the bag unless we are confident it will flower.

Other information:  Click here  for further ordering details, more about us, where we are, our trading policy and consumer protection policy, a flowering time guide, with heights and depths for planting bulbs, suggested combinations, and other useful facts. 

What customers tell us: From time to time we receive nice emails. Click here to see what we have received since April 2014. 

Who are The Clare Bulb Company? Formed on 24th August 1974, the Clare Bulb Co is a family business run by Jane and Andy Bone in Clare, Suffolk. If you wish to know more about the business, and the team running it, click here

Our Garden:
Most visitors to our website are gardeners, so why not visit our garden by clicking here? We hold the prize for the best garden in Suffolk in the one-acre category, and in January 2015 featured in Sky TV's series "Come into my Garden". Would you like a screen-saver picture that sums up an English summer garden? If so, click here, and use it with our compliments. 

Visiting Clare:  We operate a retail shop at our premises in Clare between Sept 1st and early November. We open on weekdays from 9.30 to 4.30,  and we open on Saturdays and some Sunday afternoons. It is best to telephone if planning to visit us on Sunday, to be on the safe side.  Click here for a map of where you can find Clare, and click here for our location in Clare, (we are on the main road, so very easy to find).

Frequently Asked Questions: Click here to view answers.

Recent Press Article on the Clare Bulb Company :  Please click here to view

Lawns: Nothing to do with bulbs, but if you are less than pleased with your lawns just click here.

Andy's Picture gallery: Click here This too has nothing to do with bulbs. Many of us draw and paint, and what we produce sits in a drawer and rarely sees the light of day. I decided that although I am hardly a great artist I would indulge in an ego-trip, and post a selection of my pictures on this website. As a descendant of Sir Muirhead Bone and his son Stephen Bone, both official Naval War artists, there are quite a lot of ship pictures. 

Labradors: We have bred Labradors for a number of years. We have created a photographic record of all the various litters, which we are pleased to share with you. Click here to start.

Clare Bulb Company, Riverside House, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NS.    
Tel / Fax: 01787 277441  e-mail: 

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