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

5 DOUBLE TREASURES        Sampler
Double tulips may be out of fashion, but don’t confuse fashion with beauty. These 5 very rare doubles are exceptionally beautiful. You’ll get 1 each of ‘Willemsoord’ (1930, ruby and ivory), ‘Murillo’ (1860, history’s most famous), ‘Mr. van der Hoef’ (1911, fragrant), ‘Harlequin’ (1912, burgundy misted), and ‘Anna Sluyter’ (1930, sunset hues). This was a special, one-time-only sampler offered in 2012.
Always rare and alluring, brown tulips were especially prized during the Arts-and-Crafts era of the early 20th century. In this special sampler you’ll get 4 extra-rare beauties in shades of amber, bronze, terra-cotta, cinnamon, and mahogany: 1 ‘Feu Ardent’ from 1906, 1 ‘Jules Favres’ (1913), 1 ‘Madras’ (1913), and 1 ‘Alice Keith’ (1930). Dutch Breeder/Single Late, zones 4a-7b(8aWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. See our other brown tulips. This was a special, one-time-only sampler offered in 2013.
ADONIS, 1850        
Named for the ancient demi-god of manly beauty and spring’s magic rebirth, this true English florists’ tulip is the first Bijbloemen to bloom each spring. With deep purple flames on ivory petals, it’s a thrill you’ll find yourself looking forward to all winter long. 16-18”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2014. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert subscribe to our email newsletter.
ALABASTER, 1942        
If you’ve ever lusted after Sissinghurst’s iconic White Garden, here’s a tall, elegant, late-blooming tulip that can bring a touch of that magic place to your own back yard. It’s long lasting in bouquets (combine it with ‘Golden Harvest’ and forget-me-nots for a pastel dream) and it’s fragrant! Darwin/Single Late, 19-21”, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Holland. Last offered in 2012. ‘Alabaster’ seems to be commercially extinct, but we’ll keep searching for it!
ALBA REGALIS, 1838        
Like a bubbling brook or a misty spring morning, ‘Alba Regalis’ is sublimely cool and refreshing. The first reference we can find to it is in the RHS Journal of 1838 where it’s described as having “flowers of good shape, white faintly edged with pale yellow,” and nearly a century later garden writers in the 1920s were still recommending it. Aka ‘Royal White’, Single Early, 12”, zones 4b-7bS/7bW. Last offered web-only in 2008. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
Only two parrot tulips from the 1600s survive, and you can grow this one! The jagged, billowing petals of this fabulous relic are a deep, fiery red embellished here and there with swirling brushstrokes of gold, green, and maroon. Tiny spurs and horns add to its wild allure. Its name is French (hence no “D” in Amiral), suggesting it got its start in quirky, flower-loving Flanders. (For 18th- and 19th-century parrots, see ‘Cafe Brun’, ‘Markgraaf van Baden’, and ‘Perfecta’.) Zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2014. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert subscribe to our email newsletter.
ANGELIQUE, 1959        
“A boudoir tulip, very frilly and feminine” says Anna Pavord of this sumptuous, award-winning tulip with its “pretty, double flowers of apple-blossom pink” maturing to deeper pink and cream. Although it’s been enormously popular for decades, its acreage in the Netherlands is now shrinking precipitously, so we’ve added it to our ark. Woo-hoo! RHS AGM winner, Double Late, 16-18”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2014. Widely available elsewhere.
ARISTOCRAT, 1935        
Strong growing and richly colored, this powerful tulip wowed us when it first bloomed here. And when we saw how its flowers lasted and lasted, we liked it even better. Each petal is a blaze of deep rose with lavender undertones shading to soft pink at the edges. The effect is dramatic and full of energy. Darwin/Single Late, 28”, zones 3-7S/8WC, from Holland. Last offered in 2005. We lost our grower and haven’t found another who offers authentic stock.
BESSIE, 1847        
Although unusually old for an English florists’ tulip, ‘Bessie’ can still “break” so beautifully that it wins Premier Flame in shows of the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society. It’s small-flowered, with burgundy flames on white petals that reflex charmingly as they mature. Broken, 16”, zones 4b-7a(7bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2014. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert subscribe to our email newsletter.
BLUE FLAG, 1750        
The first time this sumptuous, pearly violet, Double Late tulip bloomed, George Washington was still a teenager. Looking a bit like a lavender peony, it’s been favored by connoisseurs ever since, including Anna Pavord who writes in The Tulip that it “holds the record in my own garden for longevity of bloom, standing in good fettle for nearly a month.” Last offered in 2007, 10-12”, zones 4b-7aS/7bWC, from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2011. We hope to offer it again soon. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
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