CONTENTMENT, 1957        
With misty, shimmering, soft lavender-pink petals, ‘Contentment’ is hauntingly beautiful. Lightly ruffled and strong-growing, it was once the world’s leading lavender glad, but today it’s all but lost. 4 feet, from Maine. Although we expect to offer this rare glad for spring 2017 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until September. Please check back then or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
DAUNTLESS, 1940        
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 surviving traditional glads. 4 feet, from Maine. Although we expect to offer this rare glad for spring 2017 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until September. Please check back then or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
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! Very limited supply, small-flowered, 3 feet, from Maine. Last offered in spring 2015. We expect to offer it again soon. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
FRIENDSHIP, 1949        
This landmark pink has won every prize there is for glads, and 60-some years after it first bloomed for the legendary Carl Fischer it’s still considered world-class. Frosty pink with a luminous throat, it’s refreshingly cool and exceptionally healthy. 4 feet, from Holland. Last offered in spring 2016. Unfortunately ‘Friendship’ seems to have gone “commercially extinct,” although you may find impostors sold elsewhere. We’ll continue searching for true stock, and announce any success in our newsletter. Please keep your fingers crossed!
FRISKY, 1963        
Grandchild of the great ‘Atom’, this dazzling little beauty is a deep, velvety scarlet glinting with undertones of gold, and each of its ruffled petals is outlined by a fine picotee edging of gold. It’s another masterpiece by Marion Rich of upstate New York who also gave the world ‘Apricot Luster’ and ‘Blue Smoke’. Small-flowered, 3½ feet tall, from Maine. Last offered in spring 2014. We hope to offer it again someday. For an alert, 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.
GREEN LACE, 1961        
No matter how hard we try, we can never seem to capture the soft, juicy spring green of this small-flowered glad in a photo – so you’re just going to have to grow it yourself to see how wonderful it is. Daintily ruffled and cute as a button, it always draws ooos and ahhs in the garden and makes every bouquet more interesting. 3-4 feet, proudly grown in our Ann Arbor micro-farms and Maine. Although we expect to offer this rare glad for spring 2017 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until September. Please check back then or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
GREEN WOODPECKER, 1958        
A Sputnik-era classic, ‘Green Woodpecker ’ is a stylish 1950s chartreuse with a wine-red splash at the throat. Russel Wright would have loved it! 3-4 feet, from Maine. Last offered in spring 2004. Though bulbs by this name are still offered elsewhere, they’re all impostors and lack the maroon blotch that’s a defining feature of the true ‘Green Woodpecker’. Can you help us find another source for this treasure?
Page 2 of Gladiolus: Lost?  << Previous  1 2 3 4 5  Next >>
Loading