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Feb 15th The 25 aconites you sent me have been looking very happy today in the sunshine. Thanks, John Treble

Jan 30th  Dear Andy, Thank you for the news of the snowdrops and bluebells. The bulbs I purchased from you have again come up and survived the snow we had last week and yesterday. Itís always a joy to see them. Living over 500ft above sea level means we do get the unpleasant weather if it is around, at the moment yesterdayís snow is frozen solid so there is no way that anything can be put into the ground. Still thinking abut re-planning part of the garden, so am hoping that the weather improves soon. All best wishes, Valerie

Jan 29th  Dear Andy , Just to let you know my order arrived and all were perfect.  I planted the Snowdrops and Bluebells straight away and fingers crossed will have some pop up soon.  I will plant the other bulbs in trays after a soak overnight and leave them in the cold greenhouse till they are visible and I am ready to plant.  Many thanks, Jennie Anderson


Sept 20th  Dear Andy, This is just to advise you of safe arrival of bulbs - thank you so much. I took out all the packets just to remind myself of what I had ordered and then tried to put them back, and was amazed at your beautiful and efficient packing because there was no way I was going to achieve this. No need to reply - just to say I am appreciative of all you do, even for modest customers, and hope the rest of your year goes well. Best wishes, Patricia Sunley.

Sept 3rd Andy, Just to feedback many thanks - the bulbs arrived and about half have been planted (there are always so many......!).
Your service most excellent as always. Graham

May 21st  Hi Andy, Just a note to say how thrilled I've been with both sets of bulbs purchased from you & planted in my new raised bed last autumn. Pics enc. 
Rob Kay

May 13th  Dear Andy, Only 'discovered' Clare Bulbs last year but am more than pleased that I did  and just wanted to say:- thank you for the  excellent customer service and 'personal' touch. Makes a huge difference and one feels one is buying in complete confidence from a company that actually cares about its product and what it is doing.  - the quality of your bulbs is outstanding.  Everything has flowered splendidly this Spring in my huge and daunting project garden reclaiming a totally neglected space that two years ago was completely shaded by trees and grew nothing but holly and ivy.  Now have a modest border to indulge my passion for peonies and Hemerocallis that shone with Ballerina this spring and a woodland garden full of bluebells from yourselves. Outstanding are the lovely, lovely windflowers. I was not expecting much in this the first season but have been overwhelmed with over a month of profuse flowering of the largest and most beautiful white windflowers imaginable. The quality of your bulbs / corms is  non pareil. Thank you so much. Jill

April 8th  My order arrived safely yesterday and my lovely healthy looking bulbs were duly planted Looking forward to a lovely patch of bluebells in a couple of years time!
Kind regards Nicki Dewing


May 6th  I've been most happy with the snowdrops and bluebell in the green, which arrived this spring and which have bloomed.  A wonderful surprise to have the treat of flowers this year rather than the expected wait until next! Olive.

5th May Hi Andy, thanks for the email. I will have a good look at the catalogue-thanks. I had wanted to write to you anyway to let you know that the bulbs I ordered from you a couple of years ago are flowering with the biggest strongest flowers you could imagine.  I tell my husband repeatedly what brilliant stock you sent me. I've extended the flower beds so need bulbs for them too. You will get my order in the near future. Many kind regards, Anne Lumsden.

April 29th Just wanted to let you know, that I have enjoyed/am enjoying the tulips I planted from you SOO much.  They have been revelatory for me - up till now Iíve just bought bags from the garden centre.  So big and beautiful, I will buy a few more each year so that I always have some that go WOW, as I understand that they donít always come back with the same enthusiasm.  (Iím a leave them in the ground and see what comes up next year kind of gardener as they are scattered through my herbaceous beds). In particular Iíve enjoyed Apricot Expression, and Tres Chic.  Iím in danger of becoming a tulip geekÖ.Best wishes, Belinda (in Rottingdean).

April 24th Hello Andy, An update a year on from planting the snowdrops, aconites and bluebells that we bought from you in the green last year: we were very pleased that everything we planted came up nicely and flowered - the bluebells are just starting now. Many thanks, Susannah

April 5th  Hello, Andy, the parcel arrived yesterday. The plants are all in excellent condition. Thanks a lot! I hope to have a small blue carpet by the next spring among my silver birch trees. I shall also plant a few hazels there. There is a corner there, which is damp in the spring, but dries out by the summer. I believe these are the right conditions for the bluebells? Loreta 

April 5th  Thank you so much for our lovely box of Spring bulbs.  It arrived safely yesterday, and your bulbs already planted on a mossy bank at the top of our garden.   I swear I could smell Suffolk air when I opened it, lovely.  I spent a few moments thinking of generations of my gt.grandparents......as far back as I am aware of, living in Little Livermere, and buried in St. Peterís churchyard. Sincerely, June Clamp.

Mar 29th  Andy, I hope that you and yours are well. Please see attached a few pictures of our Field of Hope in Windsor.  The bulbs are courtesy of Clare Bulbs of course  and they come up year after year without  fail! If Windsorís most famous resident has a look shall I ask if  Lord Clare could be a possibility? Rgds, Ed (Councillor Ed Wilson) Click here for picture (Andy agrees that Lord Bone of Clare sounds about right...)

Mar 29th  Dear Everyone at Clare Bulbs, I bought 25kg bag of mixed daffodils and some tulips last year. I hadn't appreciated how many bulbs 25 kg contained but I am so glad I persevered with the planting.
I am now reaping the benefits! They look beautiful, the quality and the variety of the flowers is amazing. They make me smile every time I look out of the window or go into the garden. Thank you for your excellent service and quality of the bulbs. Best wishes, Deborah Tomlinson

Mar 27th   Dear Andy, Just a quick note to say thanks for all your help and advice last November choosing the daffodils and narcissus, they are looking fantastic. Photo attached. Best regards, Martin Fojut

Feb 27th  Many thanks for bulbs! They look great - and service perfect. Best wishes. James Finlay

Feb 9th   Dear Andy, This is just to say thank you for the bulbs, (single snowdrops in the green & English bluebells in the green) which arrived safely & looked very healthy, I planted them straight away & I look forward to seeing them flourish & spread in the years to come. With best wishes, Jean Crump.


Oct 8th  Good day, I thought you might like a picture of the after effects of buying just 10 Cyclamen Neopolitanum  bulbs from you about 10 years ago. In short, they are making a take over bid for the garden. They have multiplied and 'walked' from the original location (picture 1) and have crossed a concrete and slate path and have now colonised the raised bed about 10 ft away. They have achieved this without any intervention or border control from me, so I'm glad this happened before Brexit!  When we bought them, you said they would spread. You were right! They are a delightful and much admired part of our garden. Thank you and see you next Autumn. Michael

Sept 8th  Dear Anthony, I received my order this week; the bulbs look really good! Many thanks, Sybil Barton

Sept 8th  Hi Andy, Just a quick note to thank you for the bulbs. Arrived shortly after midday today so Madame has been busy planting this afternoon. Service excellent as we have come to expect from you. 
Kind regards, Mike Gallimore. 

July 20th Last year you had a bargain sale and I thought you might like couple of pictures of these beautiful  iris which have just come out . In our severe cold and windswept climate ( 2,000 feet up in Scotland ) I could not plant the bulbs out in the ground at the time, hence the containers but they will be planted  out for next year.  I was delighted with them. Susan Wilcox Click here for pic of Iris Symphony

May 16   Hi Andy I thought you might like a few pictures of your lovely tulips! I ordered them very late and planted them even later in a rush!!? Couldn't have looked better if I'd spent ages planning it!!! What with the few daffs you had left and the tulips we have had about six weeks of colour! Thank-you very much! Every good wish, Phyll Bennett. (Click here for picture) 

May 9 Hi, I thought you would like to see this . They have been much admired and i have passed on you name to many of my friends . I will send you a few more pictures of  the Narcissi  in the new garden  I am creating . The flowers are still going  strong and smelling of cloves. Best wishes  will be ordering again soon,  Barbara Buckley.

May 4 Dear Andy, I'm sorry I haven't written before to let you know how your bluebells are doing.  They arrived exactly on time - ie the day after we got to the IOW - looking very happy, and they are now looking very happy in our garden. So thank you very much, and for all the trouble you've taken. With very best wishes. Lindy

April 26 Just thought we would send you a photo of the remaining China Pink Tulips that are still providing us with joy and memories of our wedding 10 years ago.

They were a great talking point planted on mass in the garden and we have enjoyed them every year since. Thank you again, Andrew and Charlotte Ward

April 23  Just to let you know the bluebells arrived this afternoon, in excellent condition. They are already planted in the garden! Thank you for the excellent service! Regards, Jackie, (In France)

April 22  My tulips are looking amazing, bursting with colour. Thank you x Jane

April 22 Hi Andy, Really pleased with my bulbs!  Kind regards, Tanya Warren

April 20 Thank you for your lovely e-mail.   I only have a small London garden but it is much admired for all the dozens of bulbs I manage to put in, all of which come from you.  As you say, it has been an unusual year and I have had early daffodils out at Christmas, lots still on show and tulips catching up fast. Best wishes, Patricia Sunley

April 19 I  bought a variety of tulips from you in the Autumn. Some have flowered and gone some are in full flower and some are in bud.  But they are all BEAUTIFUL.  Your bulbs are full and healthy the resulting flowers have the 'wow' factor. We will be adding to our stock from Clare Bulbs as we rescue a little jungle and turn it in to something presentable. We have been IMPRESSED - thank you. Tristram & Yana 

Feb 16 Hello Andy,  Order arrived in excellent condition by Royal Mail yesterday morning. All planted before lunch! Thanks very much for the excellent service. All the best , Owen

Feb 12 and March 3 Dear Andy, Just to let you know the bulbs arrived today, and were in great shape. They are in the ground already; hope they like their new Scottish home...Best wishes and many thanks. Later:Iíve been really amazed by the aconites. When they arrived I thought theyíd finished for this year, but theyíve perked right up and have started flowering again - what a bonus!  Susannah

Feb 10th Just to say thank you for the wonderful looking bulbs that arrived this morning. Will be planting them later today. Lots of room for bulbs in the garden of our new house so hope to order from you again. 
Best wishes, Peta

January 31st  Good morning Andy and Jane,  Thank you, thank you, very much, for my delivery of snowdrops and bluebells, what will be a 'blooming' of loveliness! As I was advised, the box was to be opened immediately, which was done, to reveal utterly perfect bulbs of quality, each and every one. I had previously prepared the area(s) for planting, so, weather permitting, the following day, with a race against the rain clouds, I was able to plant them...with help of course! There is every possibility that I shall need more for next year, so I shall so look forward to contacting you again, but who else!!! My very best wishes to you both. Rosemary Holmes.

4 January 
Hi Andy, People donít bother to say thank you enough so here I am. I have LOVED the service that I received in the Autumn from Clare Bulbs.    A wonderful selection and great phone follow up re my pre-order and timetable for dispatch and delivery. All bulbs appeared to be in great condition and early green growth is promising a busy flowering season in our teeny Brixton, London, garden. Iíll keep an eye on your website and order again (if I have space!). Serena Wilson  


27 Feb  I wanted to let you know how delighted I am with the 'snowdrops in the green' which I recently bought from you. I planted the 200 and with in a couple of days they looked as if they had come up from last year. My garden has definitely profited from 'Clare-bulbs'. Thank you for the excellent service. Anne Woolley (Brackley)

24 Feb.  Snowdrops and aconites safely received on Friday in very good order.  All now planted and looking pretty already! Thanks and regards Gillian Harrison

17 Feb.  Dear Andy and Jane, Thank you for the prompt dispatch of my order for snowdrop, aconite and bluebell bulbs in the green. They arrived safely and were planted the same
day.  I'm so pleased with them, the quality and condition of them all exceptional. The snowdrops are standing upright and look as if they have always been there, the aconites are just beginning to flower and I'm sure the bluebells will also do well.   I have an "instant "  garden which is brightening up this dreary winter weather. With many thanks, Jenny Oakley, Bishop's Stortford

6 March. Just wanted to thank you for the spectacular display of dwarf Iris Cantab I bought from you, which is lighting up my garden. They are really beautiful and look like little bright blue jewels. Can't wait for the bluebells my husband also got from you. Very best regards, M Wall.

10 March.  Snowdrops arrived mid morning, nice and fresh.  I am very pleased with them.  Thank you. All the best - Lesley

11 March  Hi there, I bought some snowdrops and bluebells from you last year and planted them at my late wife's grave as they have to be native species and visiting this past weekend I was amazed to see the snowdrops out as I was expecting to not get any this season. Thank you very much for your great service and quality product I will be recommending you to all who need bulbs and will DEFINITELY purchase from you again. Thanks Gareth. Sent from my Android device with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.

15 March  Thank you so much for Bulbs received in very good condition . Now planted in our garden. Andrea Chilton.

29 April Hi you two, We hope you are both well and enjoying life! I had to mail and say how impressed I am with Tulip 'Shirley'. The plum pico tee edge which then suffuses the petals as the flower matures is brilliant. Ray Spencer

6 Sept, from Denmark 
Dear Andy, Writing to you to let you know, that the daffodil bulbs have arrived safely today. They look to be in excellent condition and without doubt they're top quality! As for now, I thank you for your service minded approach, and I will not hesitate to recommend Clare Bulbs to friends and family! Neither will I hesitate to return to you as a customer. Sending you a picture of one of the borders and how it looks like in the springtime. Doing so, I wish you a good autumn, a bearable winter, a lovely springtime before, once again, we're able to enjoy a sunny and flowering summer! With kind regards Johan Kronqvist

8 Oct    Hello Andy, Just to let you know that the second consignment of bulbs arrived at 8:30 this morning and all are in perfect condition.  Another very, very successful transaction with your company. Congratulations on your efficient and friendly business procedures and on the quality of your products. I shall send photos of the hyacinths when they are in bloom. Kind regards,  Sandra Sloan


3 April   Hi there , As you can see we had quite a large number of bulbs off you last year , and we were promised that they would be great . I just wanted you to know that they were so much more than great , they are absolutely stunning ! What a blessing to look out at all the colours and vibrancy every morning . So we just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and your team as the sales team were very helpful too . We will be recommending you to all friends family and strangers ! And we will definitely be a returning customer again and again . Thank you and well done to you all for an all round top service, 10/10.       Debbie Barker, Devon

14 April  Just wondering if you have a clue as to what we might have planted here , we're expecting Crown Imperials?  The rest of the planting from the converted seating area has been lovely with a continuous display from successful snowdrops through iris and crocus to daffy and tulips (click here  to view). Mary Sandles,  (Note from Clare Bulbs: The accompanying picture to the email showed Imperialis Persica, which does look different to the traditional Imperial Lily, (Click here to see). 

22 April   What a heavenly display of bulbs, all supplied by you, in perfect condition, in the autumn. They are bringing us all a great deal of pleasure and joy. Very many thanks to you all and to their Creator. Warmest good wishes, Nick Robinson, Ipswich

25 April  I just want to say how much I am enjoying browsing your website - especially with the diversion with the puppies!  I am looking forward to ordering when I have made my decisions.  I like the way you list the plants with the pictures, prices etc and then I can click and get some personal, relevant info about them.  You come top for me out of the 10 websites I have been checking out!  Ann Dunnington

4 May  I am thrilled with the bluebells I bought from you. You advised me to plant them straight away, I did, and yes, they are flowering!  Thank you, Gillian Click for pictue

9 May   Dear Jane and Andy, I am writing to say how delighted I am with the bulbs I bought from you last autumn. I've had a truly magnificent spring display and look forward to it continuing for years to come. Thank you for an excellent service. I intend to buy more later in the year! With very best wishes from Helen Bristow. Yorkshire

10. June   Hi Andy, I bought beautiful bulbs from you last year. I planted most of them in the garden but put some in pots, which was just as well because me moved home to a place with a big empty garden. I had put some allium in pots but in the move they were very badly treated and last week I found them again. They were allium. I watered them and lo and behold out came beautiful blue flowers!! I just wanted you to know that the tulips and others which we left behind flowered well and so did the ones in the pots. Thanks so much. I'll be ordering more bulbs later on from you once I have cleared more space in the very brick strewn garden! Kindest regards Anne Lumsden,  Cupar. 

11. July What a heavenly display of bulbs we are having, all supplied by you, in perfect condition, in the autumn. Very many thanks to you all and to their Creator!    Warmest good wishes, Nick Robinson, Ipswich

12. September. Just a note to thank you for your excellent service. My bulbs arrived on Monday as you predicted, well packed, and in tip top condition. The bulbs certainly are top quality, and I look forward to the Spring and another great show from your bulbs - as last year.
When Gardening Which do another survey on companies selling Spring bulbs you will certainly get my no.1 vote.
Thank you, Christine Wrate