An Extra Early ‘Early Harvest’
Here it is only April 5th, and tulips are blooming in our garden. Fittingly, they are called ‘Early Harvest’ tulips.
‘Early Harvest’ are Kaufmannianas, a tribe of tulips that are tough, cheerful, and short (about 8″). They are also more perennial than most hybrid tulips and are inclined to naturalize in the right spot.
This is the second spring in which we have enjoyed ‘Early Harvest’ in the garden. They seem to be blooming about 10 days sooner this year as opposed to last – though only the ones planted in the Left Bank Bed and the Lamppost Bed. The ones in containers have not yet started to flower.
‘Early Harvest’ is a bright orange-scarlet, a color mix I find impossible to resist.
The only bad news I have regarding this pioneer of early spring is that some of the have been eaten by rabbits. We have a surplus of rabbits but for some reason in the past they have left the tulips alone. Not this year, though.
This is a tulip that brings warmth to the chilly days of early April – a valuable quality in a flower or a person.