Midway between soft pink ‘Lady Derby’ and intense ‘Vuurbaak’ is this rosy mid-pink hyacinth that’s been a favorite since the days of Marconi’s amazing new “wireless telegraphy.” 10-12”, zones 5-8aS/10WC, from Holland. Last offered in 2007. Widely available elsewhere.
ORANJE BOVEN, 1870
This Victorian jewel went “commercially extinct” years ago, but Alan Shipp of the UK National Collection has been nurturing it for us, and for the first time since 2010 we once again have a handful of bulbs to offer. Its name translates as “Orange Above All,” a nod to Holland’s royal House of Orange and part of a traditional Dutch cheer that ends with “long live the Queen!” Rosier than ‘Gipsy Queen’, it’s especially beautiful combined with purple hyacinths. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from England. Last offered in 2013. We will offer it again as soon as Alan Shipp builds up stock. For an alert, subscribe to our email newsletter.
PRINS HENDRIK, 1910 New
Last offered in 2004 when the last Dutch farmer quit growing it, this charming little prince is finally available again thanks to Alan Shipp of the National Collection of Hyacinths. Smaller and more buttery yellow than ‘City of Haarlem’, it glows warmly and smells lovely. Very limited supply, 8-10” Zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from England. Last offered in 2013. We will offer it again as soon as Alan Shipp builds up stock. For an alert, subscribe to our email newsletter.
PRINSES MARIA CHRISTINA, 1948
Last offered in 2004 when it went “commercially extinct” in the Netherlands, this pastel princess has been nurtured for us since then by Alan Shipp of the UK National Collection. Although we sell a ton of ‘Gipsy Queen’ every year, the ‘Prinses’ is even prettier — a unique mix of peaches and honey, ripe apricots with a shimmer of gold. Very limited supply, 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from England. Last offered in 2013. We will offer it again as soon as Alan Shipp builds up stock. For an alert, subscribe to our email newsletter.
SNOW WHITE, 1950
Fairy or multiflora hyacinths were developed in the 1940s by crossing Roman hyacinths with traditional hyacinths to yield something in between: varieties like ‘Snow White’ that bloom with multiple stalks of informal, loosely-arranged flowers. Like Romans, they bloom earlier (making them popular for Christmas forcing), multiply vigorously, and look utterly natural in the garden. Early spring blooming, 10-12”, zones 5b-8aS/9aW, from the Hortus. Last offered web-only in 2008. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.