LE MOGOL, 1913        Rarest & Web-Only
This vibrant rose-colored tulip is delicately highlighted with a faint bronze blush on its outer petals. In 1921 when tall, late tulips in artistic shades like this were the height of fashion, ‘Le Mogol’ was part of a spectacular display showcasing over 300 different varieties of Breeder and Darwin tulips at the New York Botanical Garden. Single Late, 22-24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2016. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
MADRAS, 1913        Rarest & Web-Only
One of the break-out stars from our former Brown Sugar sampler, this “handsome Old Dutch Tulip,” to quote the Barr and Sons catalog of 1931, is “golden-bronze, the outer petals being flushed plum” – and it’s fragrant. Although it was officially introduced in 1913, Wister says it was listed by Krelage as far back as 1870. Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 22-26”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-931 1/$9.50 3/$26 5/$41 10/$76 25/$171 SOLD OUT
MON TRESOR BONTLOF, 1875        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! Variegated plants are quite the rage today, but here’s one we’re pretty sure none of your neighbors are growing. Bontlof is Dutch for variegated, and the deep green leaves of ‘My Treasure’ are richly bontlof with a ribbon-like edging of yellow that harmonizes exquisitely with its glowing yellow flowers. And it’s fragrant! Who could ask for anything more? Single Early, 10-12”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus. Last offered in 2016. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
MR. VAN DER HOEF, 1911        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! Although double tulips were most popular in Victorian gardens, this later introduction was lauded in catalogs through the 1930s as “extra good,” “one of the finest,” and “exquisite.” Its fragrant, pure yellow, overstuffed flowers light up the garden like big bowls of sunshine. Last offered in 2012, Double Early, 10-12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-17 3/$12.50 5/$20 10/$37 25/$84.50 SOLD OUT
OLD TIMES, 1905        Rarest & Web-Only
This uniquely colored, brown-inflected tulip has “a real ‘old-timey’ look to its garnet and primrose flowers,” as J. Horace McFarland wrote in 1938. Its shape is wonderfully old-fashioned, too, with lancet-pointed petals that curl back gracefully as they open in the sun. One of the so-called Cottage tulips, it was re-discovered by the Rev. Joseph Jacobs “in an old garden in Hanmer in 1905.” Cottage/Single Late, 18-22”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. See our other brown tulips. Chart and care.
TU-936
1/$7.50
3/$20.50
5/$32.50
10/$60
Limit 10, please.
ORANGE FAVORITE, 1930        Rarest & Web-Only
This deliciously fragrant flower is “one of the best of all tulips,” writes Anna Pavord in her monumental Bulb, although it’s “not for the faint-hearted.” (Does that sound like a challenge?) Its buds open into “stupendous,” glossy, ruffled blooms of orange feathered with wisps of rose and green. Although the harvest was so small we didn't put it in our print catalog this year, here it is! Parrot, 20” , zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. See our other unusually fragrant tulips. Chart and care.
TU-37 3/$16 5/$25.50 10/$47.50 25/$108 50/$200 100/$368 SOLD OUT
PHILIPPE DE COMINES, 1891        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! “Dark polished mahogany,” is how Peter Henderson described this tall, late tulip in 1929, but it always reminds us of dark sweet cherries. Despite its dramatic looks, ‘Philippe’ had vanished from American gardens until we reintroduced it in 1998. The great ‘Black Parrot’ is its ruffled sport (mutation). Single Late/Darwin, 20-24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.
TU-30 5/$15 10/$28.50 25/$64.50 50/$120 100/$222 SOLD OUT
POTTEBAKKER WHITE, 1840        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! Every Victorian gardener would have recognized the name ‘Pottebakker White’. Although tulips come and go, this “pure white, bold flower” (Rawson catalog, 1889) was the most popular white tulip from the mid-1800s well into the early 1900s. Sturdy and bright in the garden, it was also, according to the 1887 Prairie Farmer, “a great favorite with the cut-flower men.” Last offered in 2004, Single Early, 10-12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2016. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
PRESIDENT HOOVER, 1930        Rarest & Web-Only
More than red, this “magnificent tulip” (in the words of the Barr and Sons catalog of 1950) is a “unique shade of fiery orange-red” shaded with deep brown undertones of burnt sienna. Its name honors the man revered in Europe for feeding the millions left starving by World War I. Single Late, 24-26”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Last offered in 2016. We’ll offer it again whenever bulbs are available. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
PRINCE OF AUSTRIA, 1860        Rarest & Web-Only
This is the tulip that launched Old House Gardens way back in 1993. When the last US catalog dropped it, I knew I had to do something. It was just too wonderful to let go extinct. It’s one of history’s most fragrant tulips (violets? orange blossoms?), with a scent that will draw you across the garden on a sunny day. It’s also so vigorous that it’s been returning for well over a decade here with no special care. Scarlet maturing to almost-orange, Single Early, 12”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), grown exclusively for us in Holland. Chart and care.
TU-20
1/$12.50
3/$34
5/$54
Limit 5, please.
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