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From America’s Expert Source for Heirloom Flower Bulbs
L. canadense var. coccineum/rubrum, RED MEADOW LILY, 1629
Rare and prized, the red form of our native “spotted Canada martagon” is one of the most spectacular and graceful wild lilies, its nodding bells ranging in color from brick red to almost scarlet. Best in moist, acid soils and filtered sun, it’s highly sought-after by eager collectors. 4-5’, zones 5-7. Superb Oregon-grown bulbs! Last offered in 2003. Unfortunately our grower passed away and we haven’t been able to locate another source.
SILVER SUNBURST, 1959
Magnificently tough and healthy, this statuesque beauty is topped by big, extra-fragrant, wide open, bell-like flowers with long, lovely petals that curl back dramatically from a heart full of sunshine. Virus-free, seed-grown bulbs. Trumpet, 5-6 feet, mid-to-late summer, zones 5-8S/10WC, from Oregon. Last offered in 2004. We lost our grower and haven’t found another who offers authentic stock.
Peonies We Hope To Offer Again
DUCHESSE DE NEMOURS, 1851
Much more than “just another white,” this exquisitely fragrant French classic offers armloads of flowers that open with an inner glow of spring green and yellow and then develop into perfect white cumulus clouds. Later side buds extend the radiant display. Strong stems, great foliage, 3-5 eye roots, 36-38” mid-season, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Iowa. Last offered in 2010. We plan to offer it again periodically.
EDULIS SUPERBA, 1824
One of the first peonies to reach U.S. gardens from China, ‘Edulis Superba’ has been popular ever since – and no wonder! It’s early, floriferous, fragrant, and blooms happily even in the South. Rose-pink with a touch of silver. 3-5 eye roots, 36-38”, zones 3-8aS/8bW, from Iowa. Last offered in 2009. We expect to offer it again periodically.
FELIX CROUSSE, 1881
In Victorian days, the world’s finest new peonies were coming from France, and passionnant ‘Felix’ is still one of the best. With neat, abundant flowers of vivid, juicy raspberry, it combines especially well with pink peonies and the blues of larkspur and baptisia. 3-5 eye roots, 30-32”, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Iowa. Last offered in 2009. We expect to offer it again periodically.
GOLDEN DAWN, 1923
Increasingly hard to find, this distinctive peony looks like a sunrise when it first opens, with cloud-like outer petals and a froth of glowing, butter-yellow inner petals that mature to white. It was bred by Walter Gumm of tiny Remington, Indiana, whose peony collection included a staggering 1100 varieties. 3-5 eye roots, 32”, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Iowa. Last offered in 2011. We expect to offer it again periodically.
America’s love affair with peonies started here. Over the past 200 years, thousands of varieties of Paeonia lactiflora have graced our gardens, but in 1810 there were only three, freshly arrived from China. Today ‘Humei’ is still ruggedly handsome, watermelon-pink, cinnamon-scented, and — for gardeners like us — a thrill. 3-5 eye roots, 30-32”, late, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Iowa. Last offered in 2011. We expect to offer it again periodically.
KRINKLED WHITE, 1928
The new APS Award of Landscape Merit honors peonies that are especially fine garden plants, such as this glorious single that blooms abundantly and never needs staking. It’s superb in bouquets, too, where you can enjoy its dazzling center and crinkly, undulating petals up close. 3-5 eye roots, 30-32” mid-season, zones 3-7S/8WC. Last offered in 2010. We plan to offer it again periodically.
Great name, great peony. Bred near the shores of Hiawatha’s Gitche Gumee (aka Lake Superior), this vivid crimson peony was a popular favorite for many, many decades. Its stems are strong and its pure, happy color all but shouts “summer is here!” 3-5 eye roots, 28-30” mid-season, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Iowa. Last offered in 2010. We plan to offer it again periodically.
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