Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On with the show; this is it


For the next three weeks my front yard will look as good as it will ever look for the rest of the growing season—though, to be sure, it does look rather nice covered with fallen leaves or snow. The point I’m making is that early spring sun makes it possible for me to have a great bulb show; once the maple trees leaf out, that’s it. Then we’re down to shade perennials (which flower in spring), groundcover, and shade annuals—and we all know what a large selection of those there are!


All this makes me treasure the bulbs of spring—the only time vividly colored flowers that have interesting foliage and that aren’t impatiens can thrive in my front garden. This year, there’s big excitement (for me) in the area of species tulips. I’ve added t. dasystemon, t. greigii Donna Bella (shown top, and above), and finally there seems to be a denser carpet of color than mere clumps here and there. I can improve on it.


Erythronium are spreading throughout the space, and I am hoping to add more native wildflowers like hepatica (or more bloodroot, as shown above). Meanwhile, the existing violas continue to be as lovely as any rare bulb.

8 comments:

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

Whoa ... wait a second ... those are species tulips with those amazing leaves? Oh my gosh, I MUST have them!

And the double bloodroot are also amazing.

Enjoy that garden!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

The leaves on that tulip are amazing. I just love the clump of bloodroot that I have like yours. It didn't hold up well in the 80degree heat that we had while it was blooming. Thankfully the foliage is still looking good. Yes, it is a wonderful time of year for the shade garden.

noel said...

aloha,

those are gorgeous tulips, but the leaves are even more spectacular, wow!

nice plant and what a show.

Bonnie said...

How beautiful! I am so inspired. None of my tulips bloomed this year. Think I have bulb envy.

Gail said...

I hear you Elizabeth...There are swathes of green in my garden for several months! But overture, curtain lights...There's a beautiful show happening with your spring bulbs that I wish I could see in person! gail

Cindy, MCOK said...

I'm so glad the bulbs are putting on a good show for you this spring. I need to bring some Freesia laxa to Buffa10 for you: they're tiny charmers that I think you'd like.

Laura W/Hudson Valley Garden Calendar said...

Ooooh, Donna Bella is lovely!

Stephanie Renee Frye said...

Those are all incredible!