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

ANCIENT TRUMPETS        Sampler
There’s more to trumpet daffodils than the stiff, over-sized honkers offered by every chain store. Look to the past and you’ll find a variety of bright, graceful, early-blooming trumpets that have delighted gardeners for centuries. We’ll send you 1 bulb each of 5 of the best: 1 N. pseudonarcissus, Lent lily (by 1200), 1 ‘Maximus’ (a.k.a. ‘Trumpet Major’, 1576), 1 bi-colored ‘Princeps’ (1830), 1 ‘Golden Spur’ (1885), and 1 ‘King Alfred’ (true stock! 1899). For zones 5a-8aS/10WC. This was a special, one-time-only sampler offered in 2010. Sorry!
ACTAEA, 1927        
The 20th century’s best known pheasant’s-eye, ‘Actaea’ has big, round, sparkling white petals and a small, yellow eye edged with orange-red. Late, fragrant, and dependable, it has won every major bulb award. 9 W-YYR, 16-20”, zones 3-7S/9WC. Last offered in 2002. Widely available elsewhere.
ADMIRATION, 1912        
With an amber-orange cup ringed by golden-white petals like “the soft taffeta silk which in the old days was known as sarsenet” (Wayside Gardens, 1936), this elegant poetaz is now one of the oldest of that hardy, cluster-flowered clan. And its fragrance is delicious! 8 Y-O 14-16”, zones 6a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2014. Our grower is increasing his stock and we’ll offer it again sometime in the future. For an alert, subscribe to our email newsletter.
BERYL, 1907        
In daffodil shows across the country, this graceful little shooting star wins more ribbons for Best Historic Daffodil than any other. Its up-swept petals mature from almost-buff to white, while its dainty golden cup is kissed with orange. In the 1930s, garden diva Louise Beebe Wilder praised it as “neat and charming.” 6 W-YYO, 12-14”, z. 5b-8aS/10WC, Holland. Last offered in 2006. Available elsewhere, or we could special order it for you.
CAMELLIA, 1930        
With its neatly layered petals of pale, dreamy, chiffon-yellow petals, this rare double daffodil really does look something like a camellia. It’s a sport of the legendary ‘Emperor’ and especially beautiful up close — which led connoisseur Michael Jefferson-Brown to name it one of the fifteen best daffodils for flower arrangers. 4 Y-Y, 18-20”, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), Holland. Last offered in 2014. Our grower is increasing his stock and we’ll offer it again sometime in the future. For an alert, subscribe to our email newsletter.
CASSANDRA, 1897        
This very rare Victorian pheasant’s eye is another treasure from the illustrious Rev. Engleheart who gave the world ‘Beersheba’, ‘Lucifer’, ‘White Lady’, and many others. In 1905, the British Saturday Review praised its petals of “driven snow,” cup edged with “deep madder,” and “heart of pure green.” 9WC-GWYR, 18-20”, zones 4a-6b(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2014. Our grower is increasing his stock and we’ll offer it again sometime in the future. For an alert, subscribe to our email newsletter.
CHINITA, 1922        
With a unique look and fabulous scent, ‘Chinita’ is the love child of a pheasant’s eye and a tazetta such as Avalanche. Its flat, ribbed, golden eye is circled with orange, but what really sets it apart are its pale amber-to-cream petals. From the moment it first bloomed for us, we wanted to share it with you! 8Y-YYR, 21-23”, zones 6-8aS/10WC, from California. Last offered in 2009. We hope to offer it again someday. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
COLLEEN BAWN, 1885        
With its demure swan’s-neck pose and “high-shouldered” petals that arch forward to embrace the trumpet, this sweet little Victorian daffodil is close kin to N. moschatus and the classic “Silver Bells” daffodil that graces so many old Southern gardens. Its lilting Irish name was the title of one of the 19th century’s most popular plays. It means, fittingly, “fair-haired girl.” 1 W-W, 10-12”, zones 5b-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2014. Our grower is increasing his stock and we’ll offer it again sometime in the future. For an alert, subscribe to our email newsletter.
CROESUS, 1912        
With ruffled disks of orange-gold set against smooth, elegantly rounded petals of cream, this classic beauty is named for the fabulously wealthy King Croesus of Lydia who minted the world’s first coins. Plant it and you’ll be rich in beauty for years to come! 2 Y-YYO, 17-19”, zones 4a-7b(10bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2014. Our grower is increasing his stock and we’ll offer it again sometime in the future. For an alert, subscribe to our email newsletter.
DICK WELLBAND, 1921        
The rich color and flair of ‘Dick Wellband’ caused a sensation when it was first introduced — in a lavish display in front of yards and yards of draped black velvet — at the 1921 New York International Flower Show. Today it’s still as striking, growing strong across the country and especially well-loved in the South. 2 W-O, 16-20”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Texas. Last offered in 2010. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
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