DUC VAN TOL SCARLET, 1850        
Short, bright, and extra-early, these fairy tulips grew in every stylish garden from about 1600-1900. But when gardeners went crazy for tall, late, pastel tulips, the ‘Ducs’ all but vanished. A perfect little miniature at 5-7 inches tall, ‘Scarlet’ is classic and sublime. Very early, zones 4b-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus. Last offered in 2010 as part of our Tiny Dukes sampler. We may offer if again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
DUC VAN TOL VIOLET, 1700        Rarest
Dusky purplish-rose edged with ivory, ‘Violet’ is one of the most unusual of the ‘Ducs’, a group of short, extra-early tulips that grew in every stylish garden from about 1600-1900. Perfect little miniatures at 5-7 inches tall, the ‘Ducs’ are the earliest traditional garden tulips to bloom each spring. Zones 4b-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus. Last offered in 2016. We may offer it again periodically, or we can special order it for you.
DUC VAN TOL YELLOW, 1830        
This bright, sunny little tulip is deep yellow, and to our eye it’s the most elegantly shaped of all the Ducs. Try it combined with deep purple johnny-jump-ups — spring perfection! 5-7”, zones 4b-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2004. We may offer it again or could special order it for you. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
ELECTRA, 1905        
True stock! Neither words nor film can quite capture the color of this heart-pounding double. It’s a rose so deep it’s almost red – but not red – an intense purplish-crimson like . . . homemade raspberry jelly? We quit offering ‘Electra’ a decade ago when Dutch stocks became hopelessly confused with a crayola-red impostor, but these bulbs from the Hortus Bulborum are the real deal, and thrilling. Double Early, 12-14”, zones 4b-7a(8aWC), 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.
FANTASY, 1910        
One of the most popular and important tulips of the 20th century, this pastel beauty brought parrot tulips back into vogue after they’d been scorned for decades as merely oddities. A sport of the great ‘Clara Butt’, it’s a wonderfully ruffled shell-pink with subtle flickerings of spring green and cream. Although it seemed lost in 2012, it’s back and we’re thrilled to share it with you. Parrot, 20-22”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2015. We lost our grower and haven’t found another who offers authentic stock.
GERBRAND KIEFT, 1951        
This jewel-toned double is named for one of our kind of guys. The founder of Hybrida, an innovative Dutch bulb-house, Kieft was also a tireless advocate for Double Late tulips, preserving and promoting them long after they’d fallen out of fashion. With its broad cups of wine-red and ivory petals, his namesake tulip is a fitting memorial. Double Late, 12-16”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2013. ‘Gerbrand Kieft’ seems to have gone commercially extinct, but we’ll keep searching for it!
GLORIA NIGRORUM, 1837        
With wisps and splashes of dark violet on creamy white, “Black Glory” is one of the very oldest surviving Bijbloemen tulips. Also known as ‘Violet Ponceau’ and ‘La Victorieuse’, it was first offered in 1837 by Voorhelm and Schneevogt, a fabled bulbhouse that had catered to wealthy bulb lovers since the 17th century. 16-18”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), 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.
GLORIA SOLIS, 1854        
A bonfire of “bronze, orange, and crimson” (Vick catalog, 1865), gold-edged ‘Glory of the Sun’ was offered by hundreds of US catalogs from the Linnaean Botanic Garden in 1860 to the mid-1900s. But doubles have fallen so far out of fashion that today they’re the most endangered tulips — a good reason for a big-hearted gardener like you to give one a try? Save the Doubles! 12-14”, zones 4b-7a(8aWC), from the Hortus. Last offered in 2005. We hope to offer it again someday.
GOLDEN STANDARD, 1760        
For over 250 years, this radiant, pre-Revolutionary broken tulip has been paired with the equally stunning ‘Silver Standard’. Its lemon yellow petals are striped and splashed with red for a look that’s sublimely simple and . . . well, happy. Aka ‘Gouden Standaard’, ‘Royal Standaard’. Single Early, 10-12”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2015. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert subscribe to our email newsletter.
GREUZE, 1891        
You don’t have to be Goth to appreciate ‘Greuze’. Its dusky buds on dark stems open into flowers of deepest purple, and it often follows its first bloom with smaller, slightly later blooms to make a clump that’s informal and charming. Named for an 18th-century French artist, it’s hard to pronounce but “Grooz” is close enough for us. Single Late/Darwin, 23”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2015. Unfortunately we’ve lost our grower and haven’t found another yet who can guaranteee true stock. For an alert the moment we do, subscribe to our email newsletter.
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