FEU ARDENT, 1906        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! “An old friend, entrancing in its rich brownish scarlet tints,” wrote famed plantsman J. Horace McFarland in 1927 of this once highly fashionable tulip. Although first offered about 1906, it was originally one of 400 “breeder” or self-colored tulips in the fabulous collection of Vincent van der Vinne which was sold at auction in 1863. Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 22-24”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-939 1/$10 3/$27.50 5/$43 10/$80 25/$180 SOLD OUT
GENERAL NEY, 1837        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! A bit dazed after looking at row after row of antique tulips, I snapped to attention when ‘General Ney’ caught my eye. It’s decidedly different, a rich dark cordovan – or port? mahogany? – that glows with intensity. Its old-fashioned, globular shape sets it apart, too. Exceptionally rare, it’s named for the inspiring leader that Napolean called “the bravest of the brave.” Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 18-20”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-88 1/$9.50 3/$26 5/$41 10/$76 25/$171 SOLD OUT
GOLDEN HARVEST, 1928        Rarest & Web-Only
Cottage tulips were bred from ancient survivors collected from English country gardens in the late 1800s. ‘Golden Harvest’ is one of the loveliest, a soft, lemon yellow so dewy fresh that we would have named it ‘Spring Dawn’. Its excellence as a cut-flower – long-lasting, strong-stemmed, and harmonious – has preserved it. Cottage/Single Late, 26”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.
TU-43 3/$9 5/$14.50 10/$27 25/$61 50/$113 SOLD OUT
INSULINDE, 1914        Rarest & Web-Only
Did you see this knockout in The New York Times? Like a sunrise in slow motion, it opens with baby-smooth, pale yellow petals feathered with rose, and then day by day it transforms itself into a big, ruffled flower of creamy white flamed with purple. You will be enchanted! True broken tulip, late-blooming, 16-18”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-72
1/$12.50
3/$34
5/$54
10/$100
25/$225
Limit 25, please.
JOOST VAN DE VONDEL, 1850        Rarest & Web-Only
Bold, intense, and impossible to overlook, ‘Joost’ was one of the leading tulips of the Victorian age, and well into the 20th century scores of catalogs were still praising it as “unusually fine” (LaPark, 1922). It’s pronounced “Yohst,” it’s named for the writer they call the Dutch Shakespeare, and it’s sure to cause a hubbub in your garden. Single Early, 10”, 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.
JULES FAVRES, 1913        Rarest & Web-Only
It’s back! Named for a fiery French statesman, this “handsome flower” is “bright chestnut-bronze with golden-bronze margin and bronze-black center,” to quote the 1931 catalog of London’s Barr and Sons. It’s also one of the rarest tulips we’re offering this year – the Hortus has promised us just 25 bulbs – so if you want it, don’t delay! Dutch Breeder/Single Late, 24-28”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-937 1/$9.50 3/$26 5/$41 10/$76 25/$171 SOLD OUT
KINGSBLOOD, 1952        Web-Only
Red is the most traditional, iconic color in tulips, and ‘Kingsblood’ is one of the 20th century’s finest, most enduring reds. Tall, late-blooming, and stately, it’s drop-dead gorgeous interplanted with ‘Greuze’, or sprinkle a few among pastel tulips to add a bit of visual zest, like the maraschino cherries in the fruit cocktail your grandmother used to serve. Single Late, 22-24”, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.
TU-962
5/$6.50
10/$12.50
25/$28
50/$52
Limit 50, please.
KOH-I-NOOR, 1895        Rarest & Web-Only
A deep, smoldering ruby that’s so dark it’s just not right to call it red, ‘Koh-I-Noor’ brings a touch of midnight and mystery to the spring garden. Even its shape is unusual – spade-like petals opening into an angular crown. It’s named for one of history’s largest and most celebrated diamonds, the 700-year-old “Mountain of Light,” now part of England’s Crown Jewels. 10-12”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-981 1/$10.50 3/$28.50 5/$45 10/$84 25/$189 SOLD OUT
LAC VAN RIJN, 1620        Rarest & Web-Only
A very rare survivor from the days of Tulipomania in the 1630s, this crown-shaped tulip of burgundy and ivory was once sold for enormous sums. Today it may still seem expensive – but what else can you own from 1620 that costs so little? And with good care, it multiplies! Pronounced “Lock von Rhine,” Single Early, 14”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from the Hortus Bulborum. Chart and care.
TU-01 1/$6.50 3/$18 5/$28 10/$52 25/$117 SOLD OUT
LA HARPE, 1863        Rarest & Web-Only
This lovely lavender tulip with its short, old-fashioned cup was once part of the “unrivalled collection” of Vincent van der Vinne which was sold at auction in 1863. La Harpe is French for “the harp,” but it’s also the name of three prominent 18th-century Frenchmen: a general, a playwright, and – our favorite – an early explorer of Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Single Late, 18-22”, 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.
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