Old House Gardens
From America’s Expert Source for Heirloom Flower Bulbs

“Though preservation is our mission, bulbs drop out of our catalog every year.

“Sometimes it’s because the harvest was too small. Sometimes it’s because they’re widely available elsewhere and don’t need our help. And sometimes it’s because we’ve lost our only known source due to severe weather (cold, drought, etc.), health problems (a debilitating stroke), or economic woes (small farmers are always at risk).

“The good news is that, in time, we’re often able to return these bulbs to our catalog. So here’s a list of many we’ve offered in the past. For an alert the moment they’re available again, subscribe to our free email newsletter. Or to find a similar bulb, try our easy Advanced Bulb Search.”

Fall-planted:     Crocus       Daffodils       Hyacinths       Lilies       Peonies       Tulips       Diverse

Spring-planted:     Cannas       Dahlias       Daylilies       Gladiolus       Iris       Diverse

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There’s more to trumpet daffodils than the stiff, over-sized honkers offered by every chain store. Look to the past and you’ll find a variety of bright, graceful, early-blooming trumpets that have delighted gardeners for centuries. We’ll send you 1 bulb each of 5 of the best: 1 N. pseudonarcissus, Lent lily (by 1200), 1 ‘Maximus’ (a.k.a. ‘Trumpet Major’, 1576), 1 bi-colored ‘Princeps’ (1830), 1 ‘Golden Spur’ (1885), and 1 ‘King Alfred’ (true stock! 1899). For zones 5a-8aS/10WC. This was a special, one-time-only sampler offered in 2010. Sorry!
ACTAEA, 1927
The 20th century’s best known pheasant’s-eye, ‘Actaea’ has big, round, sparkling white petals and a small, yellow eye edged with orange-red. Late, fragrant, and dependable, it has won every major bulb award. 9 W-YYR, 16-20”, zones 3-7S/9WC. Last offered in 2002. Widely available elsewhere.
With long, creamy yellow petals like the ears of a velveteen rabbit and a soft orange cup, ‘Bath’s Flame’ is another enduring gift from the remarkable Rev. Engleheart of Bath, father of our lovely ‘Beersheba’, ‘Seagull’, and ‘White Lady’. Try them all? 3 Y-YYO, 16-18”, zones 5-7S/9WC, from Holland. Last offered in 2007. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
BERYL, 1907
In daffodil shows across the country, this graceful little shooting star wins more ribbons for Best Historic Daffodil than any other. Its up-swept petals mature from almost-buff to white, while its dainty golden cup is kissed with orange. In the 1930s, garden diva Louise Beebe Wilder praised it as “neat and charming.” 6 W-YYO, 12-14”, z. 5b-8aS/10WC, Holland. Last offered in 2006. Available elsewhere, or we could special order it for you.
With a unique look and fabulous scent, ‘Chinita’ is the love child of a pheasant’s eye and a tazetta such as Avalanche. Its flat, ribbed, golden eye is circled with orange, but what really sets it apart are its pale amber-to-cream petals. From the moment it first bloomed for us, we wanted to share it with you! 8Y-YYR, 21-23”, zones 6-8aS/10WC, from California. Last offered in 2009. We hope to offer it again someday. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
The rich color and flair of ‘Dick Wellband’ caused a sensation when it was first introduced – in a lavish display in front of yards and yards of draped black velvet – at the 1921 New York International Flower Show. Today it’s still as striking, growing strong across the country and especially well-loved in the South. 2 W-O, 16-20”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Texas. Last offered in 2010. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
Any Top Ten list of history’s greatest daffodils would have to include this legendary trumpet. Once the world’s best-known and best-loved, it’s been “commercially extinct” for decades, preserved by just a handful of collectors — and we’re thrilled to have enough to offer it. With a deep gold trumpet and a distinctive wiggle to its softer yellow petals, it’s a daffodil for the ages. 1 Y-Y, 18-20”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), Holland. Last offered in 2014. Our grower is increasing his stock and we’ll offer it again sometime in the future. For an alert, subscribe to our email newsletter.
One of the most popular daffodils of all time, this landmark beauty helped spark the modern world’s love affair with daffodils when it was introduced alongside ‘Emperor’ just after the Civil War. With pure white petals and a slender yellow trumpet, it’s dewy fresh and eternally regal. Our 2009 Bulb of the Year, 1 W-Y, 18-20”, zones 5a-7b/9WC, from Holland. Last offered web-only in 2012. We’ll offer it again as soon as bulbs are available. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
FOLLY, 1926
$50! At an ADS auction a couple of years ago, that was the winning bid for three bulbs of this vivid, sun-proof, blue-ribbon charmer that E.A. Bowles praised as the epitome of “brilliancy, gaiety, and refinement.” Though it’s definitely worth that much, you’ll note that we’re charging a LOT less. We really want you to grow it! 2 W-O, 18-20”, zones 5a-7b/9WC, from Pennsylvania. Last offered in 2010. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
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