So there’s good news and bad news on the Tulip front.
We can start with the good news. First off, enough Tulips made it through winter to provide us with a nice display for the walk to the front door.
Also, some of the new varieties I tried are definite winners, especially ‘Suncatcher’, above. This one will definitely be included in this fall’s order.
I was also impressed with ‘Dordogne’.
Here’s ‘Suncatcher’ with purple ‘Pittsburgh’, which was also pretty nice.
And the old favorites displayed their magic for another season. To the right is the Lily flowering Tulip ‘Ballerina’, behind a single ‘Dordogne’.
And ‘Princess Irene’ … what more can be said of this enchanting Tulip? Perhaps only that she exemplifies why Tulips must sometimes be planted to allow for close examination, and not just in masses of color (not that I’m against masses of color).
And ‘Couleur Cardinal’ – bold yet subtle, with its scarlet red flushed with purple. I love this one, too.
Also, last fall I planted some of that year’s container tulips into the Parkway Bed, to see if they would give me another year of blooms. Some of them have indeed arisen to flower again, like these ‘Ballerina’ dancing among the Daffodils.
Finally, I noticed that Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’ is naturalizing among the Alliums in the Left Bank Bed. I think of this as the Candy Cane Tulip because of the coloring.
The bad news is that at least half of my container Tulips failed to bloom this spring. A number of pots had only two or three Tulips (I usually plant around a dozen). Normally at least 80% of the bulbs come through the winter just fine.
I can only conclude that my method of storage, which I used for the first time, is at fault. The Tulip containers were left against the south wall of the house and covered with chicken wire and leaves. This must have exposed the bulbs to too much moisture and inadequate insulation, a deadly combo.
In the past I have either kept the pots in the garage or buried them in the vegetable bed. For this winter, I think I’ll go back to storing the pots in the garage. We’ll see how that goes. But I will certainly not put away my Tulip obsession.