Now we have blooms! The weather really warmed up and the tulips just popped open. It’s amazing because there were some that opened this afternoon from the morning being closed. Of course, I was done taking pictures, but you’ll see those next week.
On to the blooms! These are Apricot Impression.
I planted them 2 falls ago, but last year a rabbit or squirrel got the buds before they bloomed. The neem oil I sprayed seemed to do some good, although some of the petals got a little burned. Next time I will just spray the ground around them.
This is Cilesta, another one I planted in the fall of 2015.
That one will fan out a little bit more.
There are also some daffodils. These were in the garden bed when we moved in. I divided them up and put them in various places.
This flower is very delicate and droops down, which is why I’m holding it up for the picture.
Up front, the main bed is starting to really green up.
Some plants I thought didn’t make it are actually starting to poke through the ground now like the butterfly bush and the balloon flowers. I’m still waiting on a few more to see if they lived. Sadly, my 100-pound rose bush died. I bought that after I lost 100 pounds and have had that for 9 years now? Has it been that long??? Anyway, it was down to 1 cane last year and didn’t come back. Hope that doesn’t mean I’ll gain all that weight back.
You already saw the fringed yellow tulips the other day.
The name of that is Crystal Star, by the way, if you want to purchase it.
The red ones are Red Impression, Darwin hybrid.
The color really glows. I didn’t do any color alteration on this photo. You can see the little spots on there from neem oil. Lesson definitely learned. Don’t spray the buds. Or maybe dilute the neem more.
The finicky Fritillaria:
I haven’t had much success with these over the years, but for some reason I’m a sucker for expensive punishment and keep trying. I bought 2 bulbs last fall and 1 came up.
These flowers actually stink LOL! Kind of skunky, but they are not bothered by squirrels or rabbits, which also benefits the flowers around them.
My favorite tulip so far is the Design Impression. John’s favorite flower is the tulip and I asked him what color to add for this year and he said pink. So pink it is!
Such a beautiful color. I just love it!
View into the center:
Little pink soldiers:
There is always a part of me that wants to cut all the blooms and bring them inside, but I just can’t make myself do it. I need a cutting garden or something.
There will be more colors next week!