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

Spring-Planted:  Dahlias       Daylilies       Gladiolus

Fall-Planted:   Samplers       Crocus       Daffodils       Hyacinths       Lilies       Peonies      Tulips

ISLE OF CAPRI, 1961        Web-Only & Rarest
Big, beautiful, and blazing, this lightly ruffled glad from the early 1960s is a radiant orange splashed with scarlet and white in the throat. Ohio-bred, it’s named for the sun-drenched island that fun-seekers have been flocking to since Roman times. Limited supply, 4 feet tall, from Maine. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in January or sign up for our email newsletter.
KAKAGA, 1962        Web-Only & Rarest
Yoda’s favorite glad? With its flaring side petals, this exotic little glad may at least remind you of that big-eared Jedi master. A bit larger than ‘Atom’, it’s a brilliant paprika-orange splashed with gold and absolutely dazzling. As for its name, if you know what it means, please let us know! Small-flowered, 3-4 feet, from Maine and Michigan. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in January or sign up for our email newsletter.
KING SOLOMON, 1966        Web-Only & Rarest
Velvety and sumptuous, this jewel-toned glad is deep wine-red shaded with purple and highlighted by midrib lines and a picotee edging of silver. It was bred by gladiolus farmer Russell Bevington of Indiana who the local newspaper once described as a “hippy with a glad business.” 4 feet tall, from Maine. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in January or sign up for our email newsletter.
LA CORUNA, 1957        Web-Only & Rarest
With velvety petals of an incredibly dark, intense ruby shaded with burgundy and smoke, this 50-something glad is still turning heads. Order early — we never have enough! 3-4 feet, from Maine and Michigan. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in January or sign up for our email newsletter.
MELODIE, 1955        Web-Only & Rarest
As featured in both Garden Gate and The Old-House Journal! Small-flowered and richly patterned, this little gem is very much like the rococo glads of the late 1800s. Rosy-peach with a blaze of scarlet and gold — one stem in a bud vase is all you’ll need. 3 feet, from Maine. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in January or sign up for our email newsletter.
G. dalenii, PARROT GLAD, 1830        Web-Only & Rarest
The first African glad in US gardens, this vivid orange, green, and yellow wildling was eventually crowded aside by new hybrids. But it lingered in old Southern gardens, waiting to be rediscovered by savvy 21st-century gardeners. “The most desirable,” Bridgeman wrote in 1837. “It blossoms freely, and the colors are exquisitely beautiful.” We last offered it in 2011, and our supply this spring is VERY limited. Formerly G. psittacinus and G. natalensis, zones 8a-9b(11bWC), 4 feet tall, from Louisiana. We expect to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in January or sign up for our email newsletter.
SUNBONNET SUE, 1967        Web-Only & Rarest
Named for the traditional quilt pattern of little girls in over-sized bonnets, this pastel glad is a warm apricot-buff with a sprinkling of freckles in its golden throat. Customers at our local Farmers Market loved it as a cutflower, and it’s even better when you grow your own! Very limited supply, small-flowered, 3-4 feet, from Maine. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in January or sign up for our email newsletter.
TOWHEAD, 1960        Web-Only & Rarest
Like a flaxen-haired pre-schooler, this cute little glad with flowers no bigger than ‘Atom’ is the epitome of summer’s sunny, carefree days. Its pale blond petals deepen to gold in the center, it’s famously vigorous, and we’re happy that we once again have enough to share with you. Small-flowered, 3-4 feet, from Maine and Michigan. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in January or sign up for our email newsletter.
VIOLET QUEEN, 1959        Web-Only
A rich, full-bodied purple, this vintage glad adds a deep note of counterpoint to gardens and bouquets. White strokes on the lower petals — pollen guides for bees — make it all the more elegant. 4 feet, from Maine. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in January or sign up for our email newsletter.
WITCH DOCTOR, 1964        Web-Only & Rarest
‘Witch Doctor’ is well named. It’s an intense, eerie blend of firelight and smoke — and blood? — with mottling so dark that it almost looks charred. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you dare to try it, we bet you’ll never forget it. Small-flowered, 3-4 feet, from Maine and Michigan. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in January or sign up for our email newsletter.
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