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Friends of Old Bulbs Gazette

Old House Gardens, 536 Third St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103, (734) 995-1486

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Old House Gardens!

        Thanks for another wonderful year, and may your year ahead be full of all the joys that people everywhere, for centuries, have found in their gardens.

Still Shopping? It's Not Too Late to Give the Gift of Spring!

        Warm someone you love all winter long with our dream-inspiring gifts:
        Gorgeous Gift Certificates: We'll hand-write your personal gift message in our beautiful, bulb-flowered card and include our unique, fabulous catalog.
       Samplers and Bulbs for Spring Planting: Dahlias for bouquets, fragrant tuberoses, wild glads, cannas, rain lilies, and more, all for delivery in April.
       Great Books (starting at just $10!), Heirloom Bulb T-shirts (our very own!), and Planting Baskets (fill with garden gifts for a unique presentation!).
       We can even send a card announcing your gift (order by NOON on Wednesday, Dec. 19, to guarantee delivery before Christmas) and then you're done!

Holiday Order Deadline: Noon, Dec. 19

        If you need your order delivered this year, please make sure it reaches us by NOON on Wednesday, Dec. 19.
       To give our staff a well-earned rest, we'll be closed from Dec. 22 through Jan. 6.

Inspired by OHG: A Holiday Carol for Bulb Lovers

        Here's a cheery little treat from our friend Linda Beutler of Portland, Oregon, author of the fabulous Garden to Vase: Growing and Using Your Own Cut Flowers. She writes, "Some of us here have started a little horticultural singing group, The Goddess Flora Chorus and Dead-heading Society. I'm their principal lyricist, and I was very much thinking of Old House Gardens when I penned the following. (For maximum pleasure, sing it aloud to a friend!)"

"Catalog in Hand" (to the tune of "Winter Wonderland"), by Linda Beutler

Post man rings,
Are you listening?
In the box,
Paper's glistening,
A beautiful sight,
On this autumn night,
Walking 'round with catalog in hand!

Gotta get
Bulbs for spring time,
Order now, it'll save time,
My order is long,
Hope nothing goes wrong,
Walking 'round with catalog in hand!

On the internet there are more pictures,
But how to know the server is secure?
They all want my VISA information,
And I just want some tulips to endure!

Later on
I'll perspire,
A hot flash, by the fire,
There's buyer's remorse,
And no room of course,
Walking 'round with catalog in hand,

In a meadow I could naturalize you.
Narcissus as far as I can see,
Lots of little crocus tantalize you,
But they don't give those bulbs away for free . . .

If it snows
I'll be knowing,
In the ground,
Bulbs are growing,
And it'll be grand, a true wonderland,
Walking 'round with catalog in hand!

Book of the Month: Emily Dickinson's Gardens

        Here's a great gift book to give or ask for this holiday season.
        Banish that image of Emily Dickinson as a reclusive New England spinster. In Emily Dickinson's Gardens, horticulturist (and OHG customer) Marta McDowell will introduce you to a charming young woman who loved gardening, collected wildflowers, forced hyacinths into winter bloom, and wrote witty, surprisingly modern poems that often use garden images to illuminate transcendent themes.
         This is not a scholarly tome but an informal exploration of gardening and nature in Dickinson's life. It weaves together biography, history, excerpts from her many poems and letters, descriptions of her plants, and tips for gardening today as Emily did over a century ago.
        In the Resources section at the back of the book, Marta writes, "For the best selection of heirloom bulbs in the country, tiptoe through the Old House Gardens catalog" and adds "Don't miss their email newsletters." But we'd love this book even without that, and we think you and any gardener on your list will, too. Debuts Garden-Catalog Reviews

        At, the popular on-line magazine, Angela England has launched a series reviewing highly-rated garden catalogs and websites and we're proud to say she chose us for her very first review!
        Our website, she writes, "is like a good cottage garden," and she praises our "very helpful" newsletter, among other things. To read it all and her other reviews go to .
       And then if you're in the mood, email us your own review. We're always looking for ways to improve!

You Deserve a Gift, Too! Get Next Fall's Bulbs at This Year's Prices

        We're holding the line on fall prices at least through December! That's right, order online NOW for planting NEXT FALL and -- despite the plummeting dollar -- we won't charge you a nickel over this fall's prices.
        Think of it as our little holiday gift for you. But don't delay. We'll honor our current fall prices ONLY until we post our new prices sometime in the new year.

Did You Miss Our Last Newsletter? Read It Online!

        Late November's articles included Slow Food USA, Thomas Jefferson's tuberoses, egg-carton bulb storage, and more. You can read all 68 of our back-issues at .

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