Yes, this year’s tulip season is now well underway. Let’s see which tulips are livening up the garden now, shall we?
The red tulips flushed with purple is ‘Couleur Cardinal’, a Single Early Tulip and long-time favorite. The Kaufmanniana Tulip ‘Early Harvest’ is in the pot to the rear.
Here’s a view of ‘Early Harvest’ from above, showing the mottled foliage. An odd thing this year is that the ‘Early Harvest’ bulbs in the container bloomed long after the ones I had planted in the ground.
Here’s the first of the ‘Princess Irene’ tulips, another Single Early, to bloom. The purple flush on the orange tepal is both bold and delicate.
Here are the first of the ‘Ballerina’ tulips, which tend to bloom later in May most years. ‘Ballerina’ is one of the Lily Flowering or Water Tulips.
This was one of three pots that I put in the garage and forgot about. You can see that the tulips are stunted because I let the pot get too dry. Tulips overwintering in pots don’t want a lot of water, but they do need some. Hopefully I’ll still get some decent blooms.
The Species Tulip Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’ is blooming in the Left Bank Bed.
Near ‘Lady Jane’ is a close relative, Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha ‘Tubergen’s Gem’.
Here are some ‘Annie Schilder’, a variety of Triumph Tulips, blooming in the parkway.
I placed a pot of ‘Keizerskroon’ Early Single Tulips on the tree stump in the Lamppost Bed. The strong reds on a yellow background suggest flames and are noticeable from far down the street.
More tulip reports to come as the season progresses.