Heritage & specialist bulbs, 2018
This year we are excited to bring you a range of heritage & specialist bulbs. The heritage bulbs, all from the Hortus Bulborum range, date back to as early as 1595, however the majority are from the 17th and 18th centuries. The daffodils range from pre 1910 and feature some very unusual and rare lines.
In years past , the horticultural world classified a variety as ‘heritage’ if its discovery or horticultural registration predated 1938. However, as time has gone by varieties from the 1940’s and 1950’s are now also being referred to as heritage.
Heritage bulbs have survived the trials and tribulations of Mother Nature for decades and in many cases centuries. They are tough cookies, that’s for sure.
Most heritage bulbs are botanical species that were originally found in the wild before being commercially cultivated in the Netherlands. Heritage tulips and daffodils were often found in the wild, a result of early hybridisation or of natural mutation selection during the commercial growing process in the Netherlands.
5 of our favourite heritage bulbs
1) Tulip Duc van Tol red and yellow (1595). Oldest tulip variety available today, more than 400 years old! It is a member of the single early group and has brilliant red flowers, the petals having yellow margins. Plant in a well drained sunny aspect, grow to 40cm (16 inches) tall.
2) Tulip Absalon (1780). It is a member of the so called ‘Bizarre Group’ of tulips. Characterised by the swirling pattern of one colour on petals of another. In this case the flowers are gold, marked with chestnut brown. Plant in well drained sunny aspect, grow to 40cm (16 inches) tall.
3) Daffodil Ornatus (1870). Has white petals and a tiny red rimmed yellow cup . The scented flowers appear in April on 30cm (12 inches) stems.
4) Scilla Peruviana (1700). More or less an evergreen bulbous perennial growing up to 30cm (12 inches) tall. Has starry violet blue flowers in early summer. Plant in full sun or part shade in well drained soil.
5) Fritillaria meleagris alba (white snakeshead ) (1575). It has white nodding flowers in April on 30 cm (12 inches) stems. Will grow in moist condition sun or part shade.
Be the envy of your friends and neighbours with these specialist & heritage bulbs. All lines available from our website mid-August.
Stock will be limited so please order early .