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

Gladiolus x colvillei ALBUS, 1872        
This dainty, white, wildflowery gem is one of the oldest garden glads, a true Victorian survivor. Its lower petals are marked with yellow, its anthers are blue, and it has a slight evening fragrance! It’s a sport of the original, red G. x colvillei which was bred in 1823 from two African species, the fragrant G. tristris and the relatively hardy G. cardinalis. 18” very early blooming. Last offered web-only in spring 2004. We may offer it again someday, but the colvillei glads can be a challenge to grow.
ALLEGRO, 1965        
Please don’t mistake ‘Allegro’ for an ordinary red glad. Its color is a wonderfully deep ruby with smoky undertones and so intense it almost seems to be throbbing. Its Italian name means “quick, spirited, lively,” and this show-stopper definitely is. 4’, 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.
APRICOT LUSTER, 1969        
Soft and luminous, this enchanting, full-sized glad has won bushels of blue ribbons. It’s a delicious blend of apricot, coral, honey, buff, and gold, delicately ruffled, and we never seem to have enough. 4 feet, 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.
BEUNA WINCHESTER, 1920s?        
What a find! From old country gardens in the Great Smoky Mountains comes this graceful, small-flowered, clump-forming, rosy-pink, pass-along glad. We’ve named it in honor of Beuna Winchester (say BYOON-uh), ambassador of old-time mountain culture, who’s been nurturing it ever since it grew in her mother’s garden 70 or more years ago. We hope you’ll join us in preserving it! Last offered in spring 2004. Although we lost our entire stock, we’re still hopeful that we’ll be able to offer it again someday.
BLUE SMOKE, 1957        
Don’t be surprised if this smoldering beauty leaves you and your garden visitors babbling! A half-century after it was introduced, its exotic coloring is still very unusual. From a glowing heart of apricot and bronze its petals shade into a smoky, lavender-gray that’s almost beyond words — and ravishingly beautiful. Very limited supply, 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.
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. Last offered in 2012. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
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 2007. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
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 2015. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
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 2014. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.
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