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 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?
GREY WING, 1934        
One of the oldest and most unusual glads we’ve ever offered, this exotic beauty really is gray — a silvery, smoky, pewtery, pearly, luminous gray that’s both unique and gorgeous. Saved by the Old-Timers Guild of the North American Gladiolus Council. 3-4 feet, from Washington. Last offered in spring 2004. We’re sad to say we lost our entire stock, and unfortunately we haven't found anyone else who grows it.
ISLE OF CAPRI, 1961        
Big, beautiful, and blazing, this lightly ruffled glad from the early 1960s is a radiant orange splashed with scarlet and white in the throat. Ohio-bred, it’s named for the sun-drenched island that fun-seekers have been flocking to since Roman times. Limited supply, 4 feet tall, from Maine. Last offered in 2014. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
KING SOLOMON, 1966        
Velvety and sumptuous, this jewel-toned glad is deep wine-red shaded with purple and highlighted by midrib lines and a picotee edging of silver. It was bred by gladiolus farmer Russell Bevington of Indiana who the local newspaper once described as a “hippy with a glad business.” 4 feet tall, from Maine. Last offered in 2016. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
LA CORUNA, 1957        
With velvety petals of an incredibly dark, intense ruby shaded with burgundy and smoke, this 50-something glad is still turning heads. Order early — we never have enough! 3-4 feet, from Maine. Last offered in 2015. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
LAVANESQUE, 1960        
‘Lavanesque’ takes its name from a popular perfume introduced in the 1950s that ads claimed “speaks for the secret and reckless heart.” But even if you don’t have a reckless heart, we bet you’ll like this romantic glad from the Mad-Men era with its lightly ruffled, not-too-big blossoms of rosy-lavender and cream. 4 feet, from Maine. Last offered in 2011. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
LITTLE MO, 1966        
From the psychedelic ’60s, this small-flowered cutie is vivid coral-orange with a scarlet blaze at the throat for added zing. With as many as 22 buds per stem, it was a top show-winner for decades, but we think it’s a lot happier out in the garden where it mingles easily with perennials. 3 feet, from Maine. Last offered web-only in spring 2007. We may offer it again periodically.
MARY HOUSLEY, 1951        
Rosy embers glow in the hearth of this cream-colored gladiolus, recalling the painted-lady patterns of Victorian glads. Antique-plant maven Roy Genders called it “most pretty” and we agree! 4 feet, from Holland. Last offered in spring 2008. We may offer it again someday.
MELODIE, 1955        
As featured in both Garden Gate and The Old-House Journal! Small-flowered and richly patterned, this little gem is very much like the rococo glads of the late 1800s. Rosy-peach with a blaze of scarlet and gold — one stem in a bud vase is all you’ll need. 3 feet, from Maine. Last offered in 2016. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
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