Welcome to our 35th offering of quality flowerbulbs and seed garlic, and to our cooperative’s 42nd year.

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Forty Two years—can it be?

This spring in Maine has been cool and rainy, with fires in the woodstove nearly every night and drizzles to downpours what feels like every day since early April, slowing plant growth by up to two weeks. Narcissus are just reaching their peak as I write in mid May; garlic is up and growing all around the state but not without having suffered some winterkill due to thin snow cover and the cold and wet; tulips are taking off with the first wave of heat.

Last season, our new perennials offerings were well received. This year’s catalog includes 23 locally grown items—garlic, sunchokes, peonies and colchicum—plus over 20 NEW! or BACK! items. Look for the the "Good Deal for 2019!" note in product descriptions for especially good deals.

I encourage growers of items that grow well here in Maine (such as daylilies, walking onions, alliums, narcissus, colchicum or others) to talk to me about growing for Fedco.

Our Fall Bulb & Plant Sale and order pickup day will be on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at our warehouse in Clinton, Maine. Or make plans to visit our booth at MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair, Sept. 20-22 in Unity, Maine.

Fedco Bulbs is a branch of Fedco Seeds, Inc., a hybrid consumer/worker cooperative begun as a project of the Maine Federation of Cooperatives. Write us with your suggestions and comments. Your interest and support help keep us growing. On behalf of the Bulbs team at Fedco, thank you and may your plantings be bountiful.

Kip Penney