Another species, T. vvedenskyi ‘Tangerine Beauty’. These were grown in another garden when we lived in upper East Tennessee and did well there. They are about ten inches tall and planted along the edge of the garage side bed, twelve groups of three or four per group.
Another shot of Tangerine Beauty with the blue star juniper in the background.
T. greigii ‘Toronto’
T. greigii ‘Oratorio’. This one has the most colorful foliage of the greigiis, it was claimed in the catalog. You can see the dark striping of the leaf in this photo. The flower color is nearly identical to Toronto, so if you were to only get one type, Oratorio has longer interest with these beautiful leaves. But Toronto bloomed first by more than a week. We shall see how this turns out in the next few years, who blooms first and who blooms the longest. These are planted in five areas with a mix of twenty of the two greigiis and fifteen Golden Bells miniature daffs in each, topped with chicken wire then mulch to deter the digging of squirrels. It worked.
T. clusiana ‘Lady Jane’. This species is much more elegant closed up tightly, as it is when the sun isn’t shining. The interior is white. These were planted in five groups of ten to a hole, for better impact. They are at the low end of the daylily hill.
The first year we moved here, 2000, a package of forty mixed tulips from WalMart was planted, one to a hole in the front yard. They were lovely the following spring, then disappeared. This year a few clumps have returned, having built up enough energy to produce leaves and blooms. Sometimes you just have to wait them out. Most of the area where these were planted is covered by red barberries, totally shading the lower level’s tulips now, and that hinders the bulbs’ brave efforts to grow. This and the other blooming batches are in the sun, that is what enables them to thrive.
Planted in the circle by the front steps is an edging of T. Ollioules, a Darwin hybrid, four bags of eight, planted four to a hole, courtesy of WalMart.
Freebies planted when we first purchased the house for the semi-adult daughters to live in in 1996 behind the mailbox. These have never missed a year in blooming, ever. They were free from a nursery in Kingsport, TN with the purchase of other bulbs, long gone of course, the other bulbs, not the nursery.
T. Silverstream, another Darwin hybrid with white edges to the leaves. They come in an array of variegation of yellow with red swirls.
These are stalwart bloomers edging the daylily hill, planted in the same hole with lilies, two tulips per one lily, ten holes in all. All have multiplied nicely and last year the lilies even produced an abundant number of seeds, which have germinated to give us little baby lilies which will bloom someday, hopefully.
There are more tulips not yet open and they will be featured when they decide to show us their colors, but this is most of them. (It should be noted that our best results have been achieved with several bulbs planted in each hole, if only one or two produce flowers in those early years as the bulbs build up themselves after the first year’s big show.) We have waves of bloom here and some of the waves are short lived. If the weather turns warm quickly, the tulips have almost no chance of lasting more than a day or two. It is best to take photos as soon as they reveal their beauty, for they may be gone tomorrow.