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GIPSY QUEEN, 1927
“If I could grow only one hyacinth,” wrote Rand Lee in The American Cottage Gardener, “it would be this.” He praised its “luminous” apricot color, the “melon undertone” of its “considerable fragrance,” and “best of all” how it “naturalizes effortlessly” in his dry, zone-6a Santa Fe garden. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
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GRAND BLANCHE IMPERIALE, 1798        Web-Only & Rarest
The oldest traditional hyacinth we’ve ever offered, this blush-white relic appeared in the catalog of New York’s Linnaean Botanic Garden nursery by 1830, and in 1894 Garden and Forest magazine was still praising its “large thick bells” of “a charming rosy or blush white.” By the 1950s it was thought to be extinct, but it survived in a small botanic garden in Lithuania and after the fall of the Iron Curtain a few bulbs made their way to our friend Alan Shipp — and eventually here. 10-12”, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from England. Chart to compare.
HY45Add to basket:1/$9.503/$265/$4110/$76Limit 10, please.
double HOLLYHOCK, 1936
Small and cute, with double, pug-faced florets of vivid rose, ‘Hollyhock’ is unmistakably antique. Always last to bloom, it extends the fragrant season. 8-10”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
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KING OF THE BLUES, 1863        Rarest
Although most hyacinths today are a bit stout, this fabulous ‘King’ retains the narrow, pillar-like shape that was the norm long ago. Its amazing color, though, is what has preserved it — a deep, rich, dark purple that’s as satisfying as the darkest choclolate. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from the UK National Collection. Chart to compare.
HY19Add to basket:3/$145/$22Limit 5, please.
LADY DERBY, 1875
This grandmotherly soft pink mingles happily with everything in the garden, and it’s so easy to force that everyone should try it. Our impossibly easy, paper-bag-in-the-fridge instructions will show you how. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
HY20Add to basket:3/$7.505/$1210/$22.5025/$50.5050/$94
double MADAME SOPHIE, 1929
An intricately carved ivory relic, a flurry of fat snowflakes, a bed piled high with down pillows – that’s double ‘Madame Sophie’. How can white look so voluptuous? 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
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MARIE, 1860        Rarest
Our customers love ‘Marie.’ A deep, rich indigo purple, it’s the oldest traditional hyacinth still grown in Dutch bulb fields today – and superb. Of the 84 hyacinths offered in Vaughan’s 1897 catalog, only two survive: ‘King of the Blues’ and even older, darker ‘Marie’. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
HY25Add to basket:3/$8.755/$1410/$26Limit 10, please.
MENELIK, 1911        Web-Only & Rarest
Black is beautiful, and this astonishing hyacinth — named in honor of the Victorian king of Ethiopia — is an intense indigo-purple shading to absolute BLACK. Although it went commercially extinct in Holland in 2001, most years we get a handful of bulbs from Alan Shipp of the UK National Collection. 10-12”, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from England. Chart to compare.
HY27Add to basket:1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$68Limit 10, please.
MULBERRY ROSE, 1946        Web-Only & Rarest
The unusual, old-fashioned color of this rare hyacinth sets it apart. It’s a misty puplish-rose, deeper in the center of the petals, paler at the edges, like raspberry ice cream swirled with raspberry sorbet. 8-10”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from the UK National Collection of Hyacinths. Chart to compare.
HY34Add to basket:3/$13.505/$21.50Limit 5, please.
QUEEN OF THE BLUES, 1870        Rarest
Although this soft, silvery blue charmer went “commercially extinct” in 2009, our friend Alan Shipp of the UK National Collection has been nurturing a small supply of it for us ever since. You’ll be glad you helped him save it! 10-12”, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from England. Chart to compare.
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