Tulip Season Begins
Today I am a happy man, for the tulip season has begun in earnest in our garden. What, you say, tulip season in the middle of April?
Yes, indeed. First, Tulipa kaufmanniana ‘Early Harvest’ has come into its own, blooming in both beds and containers. The no neck phase was just a period of awkward adolescence. The stems are short, but they definitely exist.
Forget about necks, though – ‘Early Harvest’ has the most glorious color: a glowing orange mixed with red that warms up the chilliest April day.
I could stare at this tulip all day long.
Keeping ‘Early Harvest’ company is the relatively demure but still beautiful species tulip Tulipa turkestanica.
Here’s a closeup of T. turkestanica, which is slowly naturalizing in the Left Bank Border.
Compared to the two early rising tulips, the Narcissi are practically luggards. Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ has a few blooms, and the very first of the ‘Ice Follies’ (I think) are showing their flowers of white petals with a yellow crown.
Quite a few Crocuses are still blooming – and by the way, it is correct to say either crocuses or croci, I looked it up. Croci sounds like you could be talking about crocodiles, so I’m sticking with Crocuses. These here are Tommies, C. tommasinianus.
The Siberian Squill are creating patches of clear blue in several spots around the garden. This is such an easy bulb, more people should plant it. It will spread like mad, but who cares? By the end of June it disappears without a trace.
To give you an idea of how fast they spread when they’re happy, see all those grassy leaves surrounding the Squill flowers above? Those are all baby Squill, the product of one year’s reproduction. (The other plants with the blue-green leaves are Wild Columbine – Aquilegia canadensis).
I almost forgot to mention the Forsythia, which began to flower a few days ago, though kind of sparsely, it seems to me.
Also in the back garden, the containers are planted with Violas (V. wittrockiana and V. tricolor), Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima). and Stock (Matthiola incana).
All over the garden, there are swelling buds promising even more flowers in the weeks to come.
How are the April flowers in your garden?