Tulips 2010


In the continuing effort to catalog the known plants growing in the Fairegarden, may we offer the tulips for your consideration. These photos will join the posting of Daffodils-2010 on the permanent page found on the sidebar titled Plants We Grow-Spring Bulbs. The only way to accomplish this project is to keep current with the blooming and label the photos as they are taken. There may will be mistakes made. Like the one just made, underlining instead of crossing out. So without further ado:

Tulipa ‘Silverstream’

T. ‘Big Smile’

orange from Walmart

T. vvedenskyi ‘Tangerine Beauty’

T. ‘Little Beauty’

T. ‘Little Beauty and T. ‘Little Princess’

T. tarda

T. viridflora ‘Spring Green’

T. ‘Purissima’ (White Emperor)

pastel mix from Walmart

T. clusiana ‘Lady Jane’

T. ‘Queen Of The Night’

T. batalinii ‘Apricot Jewel’

If, or perhaps when more types of tulips are planted here, they will be added to this post and the page. We hope.

Frances

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34 Responses to Tulips 2010

  1. Liisa says:

    Frances,
    Your tulips are just beautiful. For a long time I never really cared for tulips, but I am thankful that they have grown on me and become a spring favorite. I planted some ‘Tangerine Beauty’ last fall, in addition to a double variety of ‘Queen of the Night.’ ‘Lady Jane’ is on my wish list for this fall. I just love your blue-bronze violas.
    I am curious if you had any luck getting your Penstemon ‘Chocolate Drop’ to germinate. I have not been successful. One resource I checked says they do not need a cold period prior to germination, while another says they need 2 months in the fridge. I may try again with the longer refrigeration method.

    Hi Liisa, thanks. I have been more than pleased with Tangerine Beauty, growing it in a previous garden with great success for many years. We should add more of that one here, in fact. As to the Penstemon germination, zero so far. But it is not alone, about half of the attempts never show up. One thing learned is to leave the seeds in the pot, continue to water and sometimes they will eventually sprout, or not. After one year, or next fall, I will place the pot into the ground and forget about it, who knows, it might just take a really long time. I did put the Penstemon pot into the fridge for the required time, along with the violas. Neither have grown, so far. The poppies did grow, although they are so tiny that they remain in the greenhouse. Never give up! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  2. Sylvia (England) says:

    Frances, your tulips are lovely. Mine, in the garden, have flowered for the third year. So I am very happy, especially as I lost all the new ones I planted in pots to mice. In my garden planting the bulbs really deep, about 1 foot seems to have worked.

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)

    Hi Sylvia, thanks. That is good news about the returning tulips. It is a gamble here and the species are much better at returning. I have found it best to place several bulbs in one very deep hole. The first year they will be fabulous, and in subsequent years there will be a few. If they get too crowded, like the viridiflora, they will be spread out some. They are worth planting more each year for the color they bring to the mid spring garden. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  3. Beckie says:

    Frances, so glad you included your WalMart tulips. Often we neglect the less expensive ones, but they can provide lots of spring beauty and don’t seem to be as fussy as some.

    Love the Lady Janes and Queen of the Nights. My colors! Spring Green is very unusual, but I like them. As always your photos are wonderful!

    Hi Beckie, thanks so much. Lately I have been adding the preplanted tulips and hyacinths from Walmart as soon as they appear in the store, just barely peeking out of the soilless mix. I plant them right into the ground, trying not to dig up something that is dormant, usually not successful there. They grow beautifully. That batch of orange is on its second year and was the best group of flowers in the whole garden. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  4. Darla says:

    Well, well. Tulip envy here. Wish I could grow them. I have several plants from the Dollar Store that I am very proud of. The celosia for one (seed packet) and now I have dinner plate Dahlias about a foot and a half tall (tuber) bloom or not to bloom will tell the whole story of thrifty shopping. Ah, such humble beginnings.

    Oooh, Darla’s Dahlias, sounds like a good post title! Can’t wait to see them in bloom. I would suggest having a stake at the ready to support those giant flower heads. Your celosia seeds have germinated here, were winter sowed in the milk jugs. Still tiny things, but up! Thanks. As for the tulips, I believe we are close to the southern end of their range for not needing refrigeration. We certainly had the adequate chill period this winter. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  5. Layanee says:

    The colors are happy but the white with the green tulips have stolen my heart. Morning Frances. You are up with the birds.

    Hi Layanee, thanks for visiting. The green tulips are wonderful, I agree. They have been spread to a couple of other places in the garden, but do not make the show that the mass planting in the knot garden produces. They should be moved back to be with their own kind. We are early risers here, ahead of the birds on most mornings. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  6. Frances, I so love tulips, had to have them at my wedding. I tried them the first year I was at Kilbourne Grove, but the local squirrel mafia decided they didn’t fit in the hood, and took care of that problem. Now, I am waiting until I retire, and get a couple of big (enforcers) dogs!

    Hi Deborah, thanks for stopping by. The squirrels are a big nuisance here as well. We have used chicken wire, rebar grids, large stones, bird netting to try and stop their raids. There have been losses. Companion plantings of hostas and daylilies helps deter the digging, any other plant with a larger root system will work. The bulbs will come up through the roots. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  7. Randy says:

    Frances,
    So brave to plant tulips! Here they almost never return. Great selection you have picked out. Looks like our rain here might be another bust…

    Hi Randy, thanks. We are right on the edge of being able to grow the tulips. Many don’t return, the species are the best at coming back. Lady Jane is superb and reliable to last for years. We had a slow steady rain all day yesterday. More to come this weekend, thank goodness. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  8. Ofer says:

    I happen to know you have presented just a small part of your tulip riches, Frances. Have you more or less decided to add a species or two every year or was there some point where you went for a bunch of them all at once? It does seem your range of tulips is really stunning now. I was particularly taken with the Purple one and with the odd, near-silver foliage on that creamy white sucker. Gorgeous stuff, Frances. Thanks.

    Hi Ofer, thanks, but how do you know that, might I ask? lol I do add a couple each year, as you say, usually species since they are more likely to return. I also buy them potted and just barely showing the tips of foliage at Walmart and plant them in the ground in late winter. The selection is limited to only a couple of colors, no real names, but they do well here. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  9. Steve says:

    Beautiful stuff, Frances! Wow! I also liked the creamy edition. Love the way you get your closeups. It defines the difference between my hacking away at photography and your slicker look, lol. What the heck – it;s fun, isn’t it?

    Thanks Steve, you are giving me too much credit. It is the luck of selecting that camera, on sale, just because it was a Canon. The macro on it is amazing, I just point and shoot on auto, take hundreds of shots and hope for a good one. I have learned about the light, not too much, not too little, but tulips are good subjects. They stay still on stiff stems. It is fun. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  10. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    What a beautiful collection of tulips. It is good that you are trying to keep a catalog of your tulips. You will appreciate it at some point when you need to know what their names are.

    Thanks Lisa. Now if I only can remember where they are planted so I don’t plant something on top of them is the next quest. Listing and shooting all the plants here is a near impossible goal, but I think it might be helpful to others someday. Chip, chipping away at it. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  11. Darla says:

    Thanks for the ‘heads up’ on staking the Dahlias..had forgotten that.

    Glad to help. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  12. Hi Frances – I’m inspired to see that such a master gardener as yourself would use Walmart plants. As I continue this garden blogging venture, I’ve been a little intimidated by the huge variety of select species. And your garden is so full of these treasures. Glad to see that someone like you, with such an extensive garden, is using what’s available everywhere to create beauty. It terrific and I love the results. Thanks

    Hi Heather, thanks, but I am not a master gardener. I would like to go through those classses someday, if we ever move closer to where they are offered. I have a few things from Walmart but always shop there for the earliest bulb pots in late winter. They are put on the shelves at nearly exactly the same growth, tips just showing as the ones in my garden. I can see where the existing ones are and add the new pots to join them. They come in these cardboard type of containers that I love to reuse too, a bonus! As to having fancy and ordinary, that is the way we are with everything, clothes, furnishings, plants. Big Lots or the upscale mall, all are perused for just the right item. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  13. I’m given three months of bulb gardens as a holiday gift and each year I put the forced bulbs somewhere in my yard. I never know what will come back (or where I’ve put them!) so my spring is always full of surprises. A few tulips make it, but not many– too warm here.

    Hi Jill, thanks for visiting. What a nice gift! You might try some of the species tulips recommended for warmer gardens. There are some that will grow without the chill period I believe. I think T. bakeri is one. Do check it out! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  14. nancybond says:

    I love the colour combinations of your Little Beauty and Little Princess! All your tulips are spectacular…I never tire of them.

    Thanks Nancy, those littles are great, although they seem to be dwindling and may need to be divided. Who would have thought to put hot pink and orange together, as it was shown in the catalog? I gave it a try and love the combo, but the pink always blooms earler and is more vigorous overall, there is some overlap to snap a photo though. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  15. Turling says:

    Goodness, I love tulips. I especially like the ‘Little Beauty’ and ‘Little Princess’ combination.

    Thanks Turling, for stopping by. The littles tulips are very sweet, but very tiny, only about six inches in bloom! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  16. Hello Frances,

    Although I do not grow them myself, I love tulips. Yours are beautiful and I especially like the photos where you capture their centers -something that many fail to capture in their pictures.

    Hi Noelle, thanks so much. It takes a few tries to get the camera to focus on the center rather than the stamens. I never know until the photos are loaded on the computer, so take quite a few and hope for the best. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  17. joey says:

    Wow, Frances. I did a double-take when your blog opened … thought it was mine πŸ™‚ I did a tulip post today too … aren’t they amazing … we are so blessed! I have another wave coming … so much popping in the garden, I can’t keep up!

    Thanks Joey, you honor me with comparison to your astounding tulips! They are like no other flower in the garden. Mine are nearly finished, lucky you to have another wave. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  18. I run out of superlatives sometimes when I see stuff growing in your garden. The tulips are no exception.

    You are so sweet, Rob, thanks. The tulips are a welcome phase of the garden here, it is true. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  19. Gail says:

    Frances, A lovely collection of tulips and what’s so excellent about tulips is that they keep hybridizing more of them! My only complaint about spring bulbs are the leaves and stems after wards~but, tulips cooperate and disappear much faster then the dafs! Btw, I wore hot pink and orange in college! I can remember the dress perfectly;-) but easily forget to pick up cream for the coffee! gail

    Thanks Gail. The key to the old foliage is to have something planted close by that will grow up and cover it. Daylilies, hostas, ferns, Husker Red Penstemon, astilbes all work well. I remember an orange and pink empire waist dress from junior high, polka dots and stripes even. Very mod! lol πŸ™‚
    Frances

  20. Racquel says:

    I love the beautiful selection of tulips you have in your garden. I’ve never have much luck with the hybrid types but I did plant some species types this past fall. So cute. πŸ™‚

    Hi Racquel, so nice to see you! Thanks for visiting. The tulips are hit and miss here as well, but the species have done well, and some of the potted Walmart ones are the best of all at returning, oddly enough. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  21. Lola says:

    Hi Frances, you have the most array of lovely tulips. I wish they would do here but it’s way too hot. I do love them but can only enjoy them in someone else’s {?} garden.
    On the mend so will try to catch up reading your blog. Missed so much.

    Hi Lola, I do hope you feel better soon. We missed you. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  22. Town Mouse says:

    Wow, that’s so impressive. I must admit that with bulb, I quickly forget what’s what. I’m impressed you remember them all — and they’re so beautiful.

    Thanks Town Mouse. It was with effort that the identifications were made. Some were easy, the species, the others we will never know what they really are. I don’t have this in my brain, it is written down as purchases are made. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  23. It’s like the flower is saying, “HELLLOOOO”!

    They are a friendly group! lol πŸ™‚
    Frances

  24. I admire your tenacity in keeping all the various tulips (and other plants) organized & named. I’m usually just happy to see the colors pop up and call them red tulips, purple tulips, white tulips, etc…!! Yours are varied and lovely.

    Thanks Jan. It seemed an impossible task when the idea came to me, and some plants are easier to ID than others. Copies of bulb orders and notes I made certainly helps. We love them all, whether the name is known or not. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  25. Rose says:

    Frances, I’m impressed with your ability to name each of these varieties (yes, even the “orange from Walmart”). The fall of 08 I went on a tulip planting frenzy and meticulously wrote down every variety and drew a little diagram where each was planted. But this year even though I did find my notes, I found that many of the tulips were suddenly in different places, and a few didn’t show up at all. And then there are those red and purple tulips in the new flowerbed that I have no memory of planting at all! Perhaps some of your garden fairies have been at work in my garden.

    Sorry, I just realized I was going on and on about the mysterious tulips in my garden and didn’t even mention how lovely all of yours are! It’s hard to pick a favorite–when it comes to tulips, I love every color.

    Hi Rose, thanks. I am a born list maker and thankfully have kept old records of purchases. There have been failures on all plant fronts, bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees with unexpected deaths or things that never came up. Online catalogs really help with finding names too. I am sure your tulips were, and are fabulous! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  26. Sylvana says:

    I have started cataloging all my tulips, too. I think I finally got all of them listed in a spreadsheet – 53 different varieties! And after seeing all these great tulips, it looks like it is going to get bigger. My favorite is the batalinii. I am putting that on my “to get” list. I have been trying to get my hands on Spring Green, but Breck’s is always out of stock. Some of my bulbs came from Walmart too.

    Hi Sylvana, thanks, wow to your numbers there! Batalinii is in its first year here, we are hoping it returns as well as the other species do, it is a lovely little thing, though taller than many of the species. We like to order from Van Engelen and Brent and Becky’s, along with those potted Walmart purchases for instant gratification. πŸ™‚
    Frances

    • Sylvana says:

      I just found out about Brent and Becky’s. In fact, just two days ago I linked them due to their fantastic online catalog. I will give them a shot. I order from Breck’s because of the coupons they give out all the time πŸ™‚

      Hi Sylvana, that is great. I have to say that the lily bulbs I have received from Brent and Becky’s and the largest I have ever seen, like softballs! They are quite nice on the phone to correct or change orders as well. A good company. πŸ™‚
      Frances

  27. threadspider says:

    What glories they are and what a magnificent collection you have here. I need more…

    Thanks Threadspider. That is exactly my thought when looking at these in the garden, need more.. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  28. Maria Cecilia says:

    Darling Frances, IΒ΄m so happy to visit you again… happiness is everywhere around your gorgeous garden these days!!!! Spring has showered all its beauty right into your place, how beautiful everything IS!!!!!!
    Saw the shed in your garden, how lovely!!
    Many hugs to you,
    Maria Cecilia

    Hi sweet Maria, thanks for these very kind words. I was thinking of you during the earthquake coverage on television in Chile, hoping you were safe. It seems you are, how wonderful! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  29. skeeter says:

    I so regret never making it to Holland during Tulip season!
    Thank goodness for Tulip pictures on blogs πŸ˜‰

    Oh that would have been something, Skeeter. Maybe you will see it yet, you never know! πŸ™‚
    Frances

  30. TC Conner says:

    I’m sure you know about tulip mania, that period in Dutch history when folks spent thousands on a single bulb. Semper Augustus is known for being the most expensive at that time. Have you searched for it?

    Hi TC, thanks for visiting. No, I haven’t searched for that tulip. What I know about the mania is that the tulips in such demand were the broken colored ones, caused by a virus that destroyed those very tulips, causing great financial losses to the speculators in that drama. I am not a gambler. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  31. Lythrum says:

    Beautiful tulips, mine either don’t come back or come back stunted and gnarled. Of course I usually get them planted a little late too. πŸ˜‰

    Hi Lythrum, thanks for stopping by. Many do not return for us either, the species are the best at coming back to visit another year. Planting late should not affect them long term, if they were to return at all. Some just were not meant to grow here, or maybe there too. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  32. Beautiful! I’m afraid I’m a bit far south for tulips to repeat well. Most people here treat them as annuals, expensive ones. I plant a few, because they are so lovely.

    Hi Deborah, thanks. We have the best return with the species, Lady Jane has been outstanding. And don’t overlook the potted ones from Walmart. I normally don’t give that chain free publicity, but have really had great luck with the late winter offerings of potted tulips and hyacinths just peeking out of the soil, planting them immediately in the ground when it is thawed. πŸ™‚
    Frances

  33. sequoiagardens says:

    Tulips are so difficult here that I have given up on the few rather dull plump ones we can lay our hands on. Still – I have access to so many native bulbs that I guess I shouldn’t covet… but such is the way of man…
    I do think I should take a leaf out of your documenting book though – or is that a flower? A very good idea to do this – perhaps I will be sufficiently in charge of my life by next spring to start… πŸ˜‰

    Hi Jack, thanks for visiting. You do have loads of bulbs and other plants, forget those finicky tulips. Making these lists and records has proven a challenge. We just chip away at it when we have time. It is labeling the photos that is difficult. So many things look alike in macro, if I can’t see a larger shot the ID is iffy. You can do it and will be glad you did, whenever it happens. πŸ™‚
    Frances

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