It’s Bloom Day again, that day mid-month when garden blogger’s all over the world share what is in flower in their gardens, the brain child of my friend Carol of May Dreams Gardens. Did she imagine what this event would become when she first proposed it back in March of 2007? Anyway, this April 2013 sharing features tulips growing here in the Fairegarden. We love tulips and keep searching for those that will reliably return year after year. We are still searching, but some are better than others about it. The image above is merely a hook for the rest of this post. While out with the camera this sleeping bumblebee was spotted nestled inside of the daffodil, Narcissus ‘Fidelity’. It was too wonderful not to include here. Sorry. Onward.
The species tulips are the best at gracing the garden year after year without replanting. Tulipa ‘Little Beauty’ has been here over ten years. It is a little thing, as the name implies, shorter even than the grape hyacinths and blooming at the same time.
Tulips were planted in the lawn/meadow for a punch of early spring color. This is species Tulipa orphanidea flava, a pretty reddish orange. We need another kagillion of these in these beds to meet the vision in the gardener’s psyche.
Tulipa greigii ‘Toronto’ is sprinkled on the slopes behind the main house. There is a color echo with the daffodil that blooms at the same time, Narcissus ‘Tahiti’. It has proven more perennial than T. ‘Oratorio’ that was planted with it in each hole. That one has been a no show since year one.
Efforts were made to capture the pink glass fiddlestick in the same frame as the species Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’ on the Daylily Hill. This is the best of the lot. Lady Jane is perennial here. Need more.
I am not sure if an appearance after more than ten years of no show counts as being perennial, but a couple of Tulipa ‘Ballerina’ are blooming in the Black Garden in 2013. Persistant patience presents a pay off for the gardener.
Originally planted in the same hole with the Lilium ‘Royal Fantasy’, (click here to read about these fine lilies), more than a decade ago on the path edge of the Daylily Hill, Tulipa ‘Silverstream’ has sent up at least a few blooms faithfully. More of these should be ordered and planted in single family dwellings.
Another species that has proven perfectly perennial no matter the chill hours of any given winter is Tulipa vvedenskyi ‘Tangerine Beauty’. The color echo with the small fragrant cup of Narcissus ‘Geranium’ was a lucky coincidence.
Absolutely returning year after year is the white Tulipa ‘White Emperor’, aka Tulipa ‘Purissima’. More of the emperor types should be tried here.
Up in the knot garden Tulipa viridiflora ‘Spring Green’ is the focal point in each of the four quadrants in April. Some years see a better performance than others, but it is always a joyful sight. They are just beginning to open now, later than normal, but what is normal anymore?
Last fall another experiment was tried to better understand the habit and bloom time of the tulips. Three different colors of varying heights were planted in pots. Tulipa ‘Prinses Irene’, an orange with purple flames had been beautiful when planted in the Black Garden the year before. Tulipa ‘Couleur Cardinal’ sounded to be similar in height and bloom time.
The text explained the heights explicity in the Old House Gardens catalog, twelve inches, fourteen inches and twenty four inches. So why didn’t I envision this height difference of the purple Tulipa ‘Demeter’ to the others?
There was a surprise with one of the Demeter tulips, however. This *broken* bloom showed up unannounced. Is this an example of the cause of Tulip mania in Holland back in the day? Hmmmm…