GREEN LACE, 1961        Rarest
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, from Maine. Last offered spring of 2018. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email 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?
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.
KAKAGA, 1962        
Yoda’s favorite glad? With its flaring side petals, this exotic little glad may at least remind you of that big-eared Jedi master. A bit larger than ‘Atom’, it’s a brilliant paprika-orange splashed with gold and absolutely dazzling. As for its name, if you know what it means, we’d love to hear from you. Small-flowered, 3-4 feet, from Maine. Last offered spring of 2018. We hope to offer this variety again next spring. 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.
LILAC & CHARTREUSE, 1960        
From the decade that brought us paisley shirts, black-light posters, and Sergeant Pepper comes this weirdly wonderful glad of ruffled, lavender florets splashed with pale chartreuse. And you don’t have to be a hippie to enjoy it! 3-4 feet, from Maine. Last offered spring of 2018. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. 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.
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