A couple of days ago, I checked the parking strip tulips I planted last fall and saw lots of foliage, some of it pleasantly stripy, but no flowers yet.
It has been looking so desolate and muted out there, for so long, that I have been craving a jolt of color (of unknown and surprising hue, since I never did find the rest of my planting list for that time).
After years of planting tall-stemmed tulips and finding that they acted as annuals in my (previous) garden, I have mostly stuck to species tulips here. They push up earlier, are generally more reliable repeaters, and come in some pretty amazing colors to keep the color relay going after the crocuses run the lead-off leg. Whether it’s Kaufmaniana or greigii I know not (leaning toward greigii, since their leaves are often striped), but here is what greeted me yesterday when I went out to check.
Hooray! Thanks, sun. It’s been great to see you for a few days, but we won’t get to used to you. We know you’ll go away for a while but will be back in, oh, July.
(I’m just going to go ahead and say right now that it’s going to probably continue to be a pretty lame week for me and el blog. Hope to be back up to speed pretty soon.)