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Leucojum aestivum, GRAVETYE GIANT SNOWFLAKE, 1596        
Animal-proof! Above leaves that look like a daffodil’s, clusters of white bells tipped with green dots dangle gracefully. Standing 18-24 inches tall, ‘Gravetye Giant ’ is the hardiest, most floriferous snowflake, introduced in 1924 from Gravetye Manor (say GRAVE-tie), the home of William Robinson, “father of the English perennial border.” And even pocket gophers leave them alone! Aka snowdrops or dewdrops (especially in the South), zones 5a-9b(9WC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-11
5/$12
10/$22.50
25/$51.50
50/$96
100/$178
Galanthus, MAGNET SNOWDROP, 1889        
One of the most popular snowdrops for over a century, this strong-growing beauty holds its flowers on unusually long pedicels which, in the words of the great E.A. Bowles, “causes them to swing to and fro in a slight breeze,” making it especially graceful and “easily recognized even from a distance.” We’re planning to offer one different, extra-special snowdrop every year from now on — so if ‘Magnet’ “attracts” you, now is the time to get it! 5-7”, zones 4b-7b(9bWC), from Holland. We’re sorry but we’re not planning to offer this in 2015.
Rhodophiala bifida, OXBLOOD LILY, 1807        
Also called hurricane and schoolhouse lilies, these brilliant heirlooms look like short, slender, blood-red amaryllises. Extra tough, they thrive in clay or sand and often mark abandoned homesites. They were introduced from the Andes in 1807, brought to Texas by German settlers about 1865, and were offered by the Lily Nursery of Jacksonville, Florida, by 1881. Ours is the true ‘Hill Country Red’ heirloom, formerly Amaryllis advena, Habranthus hesperius, and Hippeastrum advenum, 12-18”, zones 7a-10b, from Texas. Chart & care.
DI-19
1/$8.25
3/$22.50
5/$35.50
10/$66
25/$149
Allium sphaerocephalum, PURPLE-HEADED GARLICK, 1766        
In America’s first bulb catalog in 1820, William Prince listed just one allium: “purple headed-garlick.” Often called “drumsticks” today, this easy, deer-resistant perennial has 1-inch, egg-shaped flowerheads that start green, turn rose, and end up wine-red. Cool! 30-36”, zones 4a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-46
10/$6.50
25/$15
50/$28
100/$52
250/$117
Lycoris radiata var. radiata, RED SPIDER LILY, 1821        
True stock! This is the original Southern heirloom — a triploid, which gives it extra vigor — not the smaller, earlier-blooming Japanese diploid that most sources offer today. Legend has it that it was introduced into New Bern, NC, by a US Navy captain in the 1850s and spread across the country from there. With clusters of exotic, coral-red flowers, it lights up the late summer garden like fireworks, even in light shade. 18-24”, zones 7a(some say 6!)-10b(10bWC), from Texas and Louisiana. Chart & care.
DI-12
3/$11.50
5/$18.50
10/$34
25/$77.50
50/$144
Scilla siberica, SIBERIAN SQUILL, 1796        
Vast pools of this true blue wildflower spangle many old neighborhoods in very early spring, spreading without care in light shade, under shrubs and into lawns. Grown in America by 1830, its heyday was the early 1900s when one writer recommended planting “hundreds and thousands in every garden.” We’d be happy to help you with that! 4-6”, zones 3a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-20
10/$6.50
25/$15
50/$28
100/$52
250/$117
Ornithogalum nutans, SILVER BELLS, 1629        
We love these subtle, Quakerish bells of silver and sage that have been grown since colonial days. They thrive in light shade, bloom in late spring, and are much too rarely seen today. They’re cheap, too — so why not take a small leap and try a few? 8-12”, zones 5b-8b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-34
10/$8
25/$18.50
50/$34.50
100/$64
250/$144
Fritillaria meleagris, SNAKE’S-HEAD FRITILLARY, 1572        
One of our perennial bestsellers, this odd little bulb has nodding flowers of maroon and dusky rose (or occasionally white), and each is checkered! Grown since colonial days, it prefers light shade and cool, moist sites. Our bulbs are wax-dipped to preserve their vitality. We forgot to plant some until February one year and they still bloomed! Aka guinea-hen flower, 10-12”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-04
10/$11
25/$25.50
50/$47.50
100/$88
250/$198
Muscari neglectum, SOUTHERN GRAPE HYACINTH, 1629        
Dark, midnight-blue starch hyacinths or blue bottles have made themselves at home and multiplied without care in sunny gardens and shady lawns throughout the South for generations — and they do equally well up North! (If you’re looking for the original grape hyacinth, we’re sad to say it has recently gone “commercially extinct.”) 6-10”, zones 5a-8b(9bWC). Chart & care.
DI-18
5/$8.50
10/$16
25/$36.50
50/$68
100/$126
Cyclamen hederifolium, SOWBREAD CYCLAMEN, 1597        
We’re proud to deliver huge bulbs, 3-4 inches across, of this fall-blooming cyclamen that bulb-guru John Bryan calls “the first choice for most gardens.” Known as sowbread in Shakespeare’s time, today it’s usually called ivy-leaved cyclamen for its angular, ivy-like, silver-patterned leaves. Give it light shade and humus-rich soil that’s dry in summer. Aka C. neapolitanum, 4-6”, zones 6a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-45
3/$15.75
5/$25
10/$47
25/$107
50/$197
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