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MARKGRAAF VAN BADEN, 1750        Web-Only
The mad “Count of Baden” is one of the most celebrated tulips in all of history. Wildly ruffled and fringed and spiked with tiny spurs and horns, its swirling petals of gold, red, and green may remind you of molten lava cascading down a tropical mountainside. As always, we have very few bulbs, so don’t delay! (For other exceptionally rare parrots, see ‘Amiral’, ‘Cafe Brun’, and ‘Perfecta’.) Parrot, 16-18”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare.
TU985Add to basket:1/$19.503/$53.50Limit 3, please.
MIRELLA, 1953        Rarest
Winner of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, this mid-century classic has “buff rose” petals enlivened by silvery pink petal edges and “a broad flame of raspberry” (Killingback, Tulips). After decades of popularity, it’s getting harder and harder to find — so we’ve added it to our ark. Triumph, 22-24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
TU946Add to basket:5/$9.5010/$1825/$4150/$76100/$141
OLD TIMES, 1905        Web-Only & Rarest
This uniquely colored, brown-inflected tulip has “a real ‘old-timey’ look to its garnet and primrose flowers,” as J. Horace McFarland wrote in 1938. Its shape is wonderfully old-fashioned, too, with lancet-pointed petals that curl back gracefully as they open in the sun. One of the so-called Cottage tulips, it was re-discovered by the Rev. Joseph Jacobs “in an old garden in Hanmer in 1905.” Very limited supply, Cottage/Single Late, 14-16”, zones 4a-7b(8aWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare. See our other brown tulips.
TU936Add to basket:1/$16.503/$455/$71Limit 5, please.
ORANGE FAVORITE, 1930        Web-Only & Rarest
This deliciously fragrant flower is “one of the best of all tulips,” writes Anna Pavord in her monumental Bulb, although it’s “not for the faint-hearted.” (Does that sound like a challenge?) Its buds open into “stupendous,” glossy, ruffled blooms of orange feathered with wisps of rose and green. Although the harvest was so small we didn't put it in our print catalog this year, here it is! Parrot, 20” , zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. See our other unusually fragrant tulips.
TU37Add to basket:5/$9.2510/$17.5025/$4050/$74100/$137
We sell tons of this old tulip every year, even though doubles have been woefully out of fashion for decades now — a testament to its great beauty. It’s a frothy extravaganza of white and pink (not peach), like a lacy, Victorian valentine. If you’ve never grown double tulips, this is the one to start with — and what are you waiting for? Double Early, 12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare. See our other unusually fragrant tulips.
TU19Add to basket:5/$8.5010/$1625/$36.5050/$68100/$126
PERFECTA, 1750        Web-Only
Like a brilliant flag whipped into a frenzy by raging winds – or the claw of some freakish lobster from the Great Barrier Reef – or a Baroque filigree splashed with paint by the Color Kittens – that’s ‘Perfecta.’ One of Nature’s weirdest and most wonderful jewels, it’s been preserved by gardeners for over 250 years so you can enjoy it today. (For other extra-rare parrots, see ‘Amiral de Constantinople’, ‘Cafe Brun’, and ‘Markgraaf van Baden’.) 18”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart to compare.
TU90Add to basket:1/$23.50Limit 1, please.
“Dark polished mahogany,” is how Peter Henderson described this tall, late tulip in 1929, but it always reminds us of dark sweet cherries. Despite its dramatic looks, ‘Philippe’ had vanished from American gardens until we reintroduced it in 1998. The great ‘Black Parrot’ is its ruffled sport (mutation). Single Late/Darwin, 24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
TU30Add to basket:5/$910/$1725/$3950/$72100/$133
PRINCE OF AUSTRIA, 1860        Rarest
This is the tulip that launched Old House Gardens way back in 1993. When the last US catalog dropped it, I knew I had to do something. It was just too wonderful to let go extinct. It’s one of history’s most fragrant tulips (violets? orange blossoms?), with a scent that will draw you across the garden on a sunny day. It’s also so vigorous that it’s been returning for well over a decade here with no special care. Scarlet maturing to almost-orange, Single Early, 12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), grown exclusively for us in Holland. Chart to compare.
TU20Add to basket:3/$21.505/$35.5010/$67Limit 10, please.
PRINCESS ELIZABETH, 1898        Web-Only & Rarest
In 1995 this elegant beauty was featured in a Garden Design article about a tiny new source devoted to heirloom bulbs, and suddenly we weren’t so tiny anymore. Well-described in the 1931 Scheepers catalog as “rose-pink with topaz lights and hints of fuchsia shadowing,” it was lost to us in 2002 when the last Dutch farmer quit growing it, but thanks to the Hortus we’re once again able to offer it to you. Single Late/Darwin, 18-22”, zones 4a-7b(8aWC). Chart to compare.
TU38Add to basket:3/$21.505/$3410/$64Limit 10, please.
Irene’s warm, strong fragrance and unusual coloring — melon-orange flamed with subtle bronze-purple — make it one of the most distinctive tulips of the 1900s. It’s a favorite at Holland’s glorious Keukenhof gardens and easy to force indoors where you can enjoy its heavenly scent up close. Triumph, 14”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare. See our other unusually fragrant tulips.
TU39Add to basket:5/$910/$1725/$3950/$72100/$133
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