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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Gladiolus x colvillei ALBUS, 1872
This dainty, white, wildflowery gem is one of the oldest garden glads, a true Victorian survivor. Its lower petals are marked with yellow, its anthers are blue, and it has a slight evening fragrance! It’s a sport of the original, red G. x colvillei which was bred in 1823 from two African species, the fragrant G. tristris and the relatively hardy G. cardinalis. 18” very early blooming. Last offered web-only in spring 2004. We may offer it again someday, but the colvillei glads can be a challenge to grow.
ALLEGRO, 1965
An unusual red, light-years away from orange, ‘Allegro’ is a deep rose-ruby with smoky purple undertones. It’s also lavishly ruffled, as if trembling with intensity — or passion? In Italian its name means “quick, spirited, lively,” and this show-stopper definitely is. 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.
BEUNA WINCHESTER, 1920s?
What a find! From old country gardens in the Great Smoky Mountains comes this graceful, small-flowered, clump-forming, rosy-pink, pass-along glad. We’ve named it in honor of Beuna Winchester (say BYOON-uh), ambassador of old-time mountain culture, who’s been nurturing it ever since it grew in her mother’s garden 70 or more years ago. We hope you’ll join us in preserving it! Last offered in spring 2004. Although we lost our entire stock, we're still hopeful that we'll be able to offer it again someday.
BLUEBIRD, 1968
As small as ‘Atom’ and surprisingly close to blue, this cheery little glad always reminds us of a nest full of hungry baby birds. Winner of the gladiolus world’s highest honor, the All-America award, it blooms with vigor all across the country. Small-flowered, 3 feet, from Maine and our Ann Arbor micro-farms. We hope to offer this treasure again for spring 2015 delivery. Please check back in January or sign up for our email newsletter.
DAUNTLESS, 1940        Web-Only & Rarest
You’ll never mistake ‘Dauntless’ for a modern, supermarket glad. We call it the Lauren Bacall of glads because its smooth, stylish, angular blooms recall an era of wide lapels and big, sexy hats. Pink with a dramatic splash of ruby in the throat, it’s also one of the oldest traditional glads we’ve ever offered. 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.
DOMINO, 1959
Little glads like ‘Domino’ are favorites of ours. They fit easily into gardens and bouquets and they never seem “too much.” Bred by the father-and-son team of John and Charles Larus of Connecticut who introduced many of the most popular mid-century glads, ‘Domino’ has an orchid-like look to it, with creamy, “needle-pointed” petals and a vibrant center spot of rosy-purple. 3 feet, from Maine and Michigan. Last offered in spring 2012. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
EMPIRE YELLOW, 1963
As ruffled as a party dress – from the year the Chiffons topped the charts with “He’s So Fine” – this Empire-state classic is a sunny light yellow burnished with amber. 4 feet, from Maine. Last offered in spring 2007. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
FIREDANCE, 1968
Looking more like a cymbidium orchid from the wilds of Borneo than an ordinary glad from your own backyard, this tiny, ruffled beauty is a luscious peachy-orange that’s splashed with gold and richly speckled with cayenne pepper. Wow! Small-flowered, 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.
GOLDEN STARS, 1961
A deep, rich, sunflower yellow with a bit of ruffling and impressive vigor, this classic was once the standard of excellence for early-blooming yellow glads. 4 feet, from Maine. Last offered web-only in spring 2005. We may offer it again someday.
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