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 spring 2016. Although we hope to offer this rare glad for spring 2017 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until January. Please check back then or subscribe to our newsletter for an 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 and Michigan. Last offered in spring 2014. We hope to offer it again soon. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
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.
BLUEBIRD, 1968        
As small as ‘Atom’ and surprisingly close to blue, this cheery little glad always reminds us of a nest full of hungry baby birds. Winner of the gladiolus world’s highest honor, the All-America award, it blooms with vigor all across the country. Very limited supply, Small-flowered, 3 feet, from Maine. Last offered in spring 2016. Although we hope to offer this rare glad for spring 2017 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until January. Please check back then or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
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 spring 2015. We expect to offer it again soon. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
CARIBBEAN, 1957        
If you look with your imagination, it’s easy to see the blue skies and sandy beaches of the Caribbean in this well-named little glad. It’s not really blue, of course, but a lovely soft lavender highlighted with thumbprints of purple. Small-flowered, 3 feet tall, from Maine. Last offered in spring 2016. Although we hope to offer this rare glad for spring 2017 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until January. Please check back then or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
CHARISMA, 1969        
Looking like a summer party dress or a tropical fruit smoothie, this luscious, ruffled glad combines soft apricot-pink with pale lemon and gold. Pick a few, settle into your chaise longue after a productive afternoon in the garden, and enjoy! 4 feet, from Maine. Last offered in spring 2016. Although we hope to offer this rare glad for spring 2017 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until January. Please check back then or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
CHIPPER, 1965        
If this little glad were any bigger, its brilliant splashes of deep rose on white might be too much. But it’s one of the smallest-flowered glads we grow, and we never seem to get tired of its cheery brightness. Try it yourself and see what we mean! 3 feet tall, from Maine. Last offered in spring 2015. We hope to offer it again someday. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
CONTENTMENT, 1957        Rarest
With misty, shimmering, soft lavender-pink petals, ‘Contentment’ is hauntingly beautiful. Lightly ruffled and strong-growing, it was once the world’s leading lavender glad, but today it’s all but lost. 4 feet, from Maine.
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