Free Shipping!

Free shipping is so hard to resist.

I’ve placed a few orders for bulbs, more, probably, than I have the energy to plant, but after each order, I found a coupon (or was e-mailed a coupon) for free shipping, and so the madness continued.

I’ve been doing well resisting all the pretty flowers on my facebook feed (hint: if you want prettier things in your feed than the discord our current political climate brings, start googling bulb and seed companies). Then today, I got a coupon in the mail for free shipping this weekend on a $15 order.

What to do? What to do?

I could, of course, do nothing but, oh — free shipping!

So, what will it be?

Orange lilies?

Purple lilies?



Peach-colored tulips and narcissus?

Or something else?

I’ve already ordered tulips and daffodils, anemones and bluebells, and a variety pack that include crocuses and a few allium.

As you can see, I don’t really need anything, but . . .

Free shipping!

(The photos come from the bulb company and are used without permission. I presume they won’t mind since this is free advertising, so let’s hope I’m right so I don’t end up with a hefty plagiarism fine that would negate the benefits of free shipping.)


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

6 Responses to “Free Shipping!”

  1. Carol J. Garvin Says:

    You sound like you’re well stocked with spring-flowering bulbs. Maybe it’s the perfect opportunity to get some later-blooming ones. I have a few daylilies, but the poppies would tempt me. I need to get my garlic planted, but seem to be procrastinating. My guilty weakness yesterday was free eBooks from the BookBub website. I haven’t visited the site in ages, but I took my Kindle with me on a recent holiday and had finished everything I had on it. I bought one new book from Amazon and then couldn’t resist wandering over to BookBub to see what they had. Now have so much to read I may never get the garlic planted this fall!

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I have a lot to read, too — books from a giveaway at the library. And of course, I am perpetually getting new books. It’s what I’ve been doing — reading. Now I need to find other things to do. But still, reading! I think the bulbs I already have will give me three months of flowers. Or so the catalog says. I do have some poppy seeds, but I think I should get the roots, too, since I have never done well with seeds. Still, I will throw the seeds out there this fall and see what happens. (Apparently, they need a freeze cycle before they will take hold.)

  2. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    I like free shipping when I’m buying wine–oh, and books, too.

  3. Joe Says:

    If they come after you, you can argue false advertising because all those flowers are touched up beyond belief. I’ve been gardening since I was 15 and nothing you could plant looks that good in real life. But you knew that. 🙂

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Yes. I knew. I especially like when they show a photo of flowers all blooming together, when they use the flowering at different times as a selling point. It would be nice, though, if I could have a small section of flowers that looked half as good as theirs. I’m always grateful if I get even a few blooms.

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