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Welcome to the Clare Dutch & English Bulb Company 
Suppliers of retail and wholesale spring and early summer bulbs.

The Clare Bulb Company is located in the historic Suffolk town of Clare, where we have been selling bulbs since 1974.
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 offer growing advice, which is linked to each item shown in the pricelists,  Click here for an example. There is also more general advice, by types of bulbs,  Click here  to view.
We only sell bulbs, (and nothing else).  Click here if you would like to view a selection of pictures of the bulbs we sell flowering in our award winning Suffolk garden.

Bulbs for autumn 2024 delivery  By Clicking here you will access our 2024 on-line ordering form. Orders may be placed at any time, for delivery in September and October. Please note that we do not ask for payment until we are ready to dispatch. Orders may also be collected from our Clare premises in the autumn, (see below for details)

Smile time    Click here if you want to smile, (and who doesn't?)

Bluebells, snowdrops and aconites "In the green". We have now finished for the 2024 season. By clicking here you will visit our ordering site, which contains a lot of useful information concerning bulbs, "in the green". Bulbs may be ordered for delivery next January, as we do not expect to change any of our prices for 2025.

The pictures below are examples of just a few of our bulbs growing in our own award winning garden. Click each picture for more information on each variety.


English bluebells  

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


Hyacinths Dutch Iris Best Seller Canaliculatus Tulip Prince Charles Autumn Crocus Tulip West Point Queen of Night  Allium Globemaster Imperial Lily

Visiting Clare:  We operate a retail shop at our premises in Clare between Sept 1st and early November. We open on weekdays from 10.00 to 4.00,  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,  (we are on the main road leading out of Clare towards Haverhill and Cambridge. so very easy to find).

Group Visits: We welcome gardening group visits. Please click here for full information.

Phoning us: We welcome phone calls, so if you have anything you want to discuss with us, ring 01787 277441. Or email: sales@clare-bulbs.co.uk. Phoning is best!

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.

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

What customers tell usClick here to see some we have received over the past few years.

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, together with their son and his wife. If you wish to know more about the business, and the team running it, click here. 

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. 

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 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions: Click here to view answers.

Trading Terms and Conditions: please click here to view our up-dated T and C which now reflect the recently introduced Data Protection Act

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. Includes Rosie, Billy's daughter, (our 6th generation), born October 2016 and the recently arrived kittens.

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. 

Andy's classic motor bikes: Only for enthusiasts! If you like classic British bikes, click here, and be prepared to drool...

Publicity for the Clare Bulb Company :  Please click here to view the Sky television team at work in our garden for their programme; "Come into my Garden". Click here for newspaper coverage of one of our business in the East Anglian Daily Times. 

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

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