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Q: Buying garden bulbs. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Buying garden bulbs.
Category: Family and Home > Gardening
Asked by: babs16-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 16 Jan 2005 02:56 PST
Expires: 15 Feb 2005 02:56 PST
Question ID: 458005
Where can I buy bulbs of "Fritillaria meleagris", please?
This is an autumn sown garden bulb that flowers in Spring (very few Bulbsmen in 
Australia stock it, though it's easily available in Europe. I need to
get the bulbs from an Australian Nureryman, because we are in the
southern hemisphere.
Subject: Re: Buying garden bulbs.
Answered By: librariankt-ga on 27 Jan 2005 13:41 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Babs16,

There are several nurseries in Australia that will send you F.
meleagris by order - though for some of them you will need to
negotiate via email or phone, as they don't all have online ordering. 
Below are the top candidates that I found.

They have several Fritillaria species, including F. meleagris for $4AU
per bulb or $18.75AU for 5.
Contact info: C & M DREWITT. 
8-10 Henderson Hill Rd, Silvan. Vic 3795. 
Phone or Fax 03 9737 9827
Mobile 0419 504432. 

J.N. Hancock & Co.
This page (which Alderr also found but couldn't get info for) offers
F. meleagris for $6.95AU per bulb, $15.95AU for 3 and $19.95 for 5.
Contact info: J. N. Hancock & Co.
2 Jacksons Hill Road, Menzies Creek VIC 3159, Australia
Tel: (03) 9754 3328 Fax: (03) 9752 5877 E-mail

Woodbridge Nursery
This company sells F. meleagris only by the bulb, for $4.80AU each. 
Order via mail using downloadable PDF order form.

New Gippsland Seeds and Bulbs
They have F. meleagris for $8.40AU each, 3 for $24.00AU
This company allows online ordering, or by mail etc.:

I concur with Alderr, below, that Vogelvry Nurseries will sell you
three varieties of Fritillaria, but does not offer F. meleagris by

I found these websites by doing an advanced search of the Google
search engine for the phrase "Fritillaria meleagris" and   I
also had some good results searching for ?snakes head Fritillaria This ensured that I got only websites that use the
Australian country code.  Using F. meleagris as a phrase or without
the quotations wasn?t particularly helpful.  I should note that in
order to get information out of the results I often had to play with
the URLs a bit to get to the main page for each nursery, etc.

Please let me know if I can help further with this question!


Clarification of Answer by librariankt-ga on 27 Jan 2005 15:50 PST
Thanks for the feedback and the tip!  I wish I had a more shady, less
dry yard - this is a really nifty flower.  Enjoy!  LKT
babs16-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Thanks: I've got Vogelvry's catalogue now, thanks to your suggestion,
& they sell individual Fritillaria meleagris bulbs for $2.50 each,
which is great, & I'll be ordering some come next Age Pension day!

Subject: Re: Buying garden bulbs.
From: alderr-ga on 16 Jan 2005 08:00 PST
This company has them, but it looks like you have to buy them as part
of a collection of Fritillaria species:

This company lists Fritillaria, but they don't say which species:

This one doesn't seem to have a website, but they say they have "The
widest range of crocus, cyclamen, galanthus and fritillaria in

Hillview Rare Plants
400 Huon Rd South Hobart TAS 7004
PH (03) 62240770  
Catalogue 1 x 45c stamp  
I found these by searching on <Fritillaria meleagris Australia>, which
got me this page:

This company might also have them:
Subject: Re: Buying garden bulbs.
From: babs16-ga on 27 Jan 2005 17:45 PST
Thank you librariankt-ga for your kind words. I've got probably the
smallest garden in Australia that supports a mature apricot tree, a
huge fruit-laden fig tree, a lemon tree & a lime tree in tubs, a
assionfruit vine and a grape vine, all flourishing because its all
grown according to Permaculture principles. And I've now got two 4
month old kittens, who are being trained to leave the plants strictly
alone. If your courtyard's too dry, grow fritillaria
in pots --- that's what I'm going to do.

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