What’s blooming – the tulip edition

My tulips are bursting this year!  We had some warmer sunny weather this week, which made the garden go bananas.

I leaned over the side of the porch and the perfume of lily of the valleys just wafted up and I saw a big cluster of them.  I am just amazed how how fragrant such tiny fairy flowers can be!

Our house is over 100 years old, so there are some old fashioned flowers that were in existence here, like the LOTV.  I just let them grow wherever they feel like popping up.  I am kind of a casual gardener 😀

My tulips:

The Shirley. This is a new one for me.

The purple blush starts at the very tip and spreads further down the petals each day.  I am very taken with this one! This one is amidst the Apricot Impressions.

The Queen of the Night and Ice Princess.  The Ice Princess are still a bit yellow looking until they mature a little bit.

The Queen of the Nights are not really black, but the deepest, darkest color of purple, which looks pretty much black.

For the life of me, I cannot find the name of these, which I have had for a few years now.  They are such a lovely deep red color.

Orange Princess:

Another new one is the Passionale.

For those that want to get bulbs, I buy mine from John Scheepers, which come from Holland.  I have never, ever been disappointed with the quality or price.

Seeing these just makes me want to dance around.  Maybe I was some kind of garden nymph or butterfly in the past or something :mrgreen:

There is one more set of tulips that haven’t opened yet.  I don’t know if they are more of the ones already open or something different.  Guess we will find out in a few day!

And we now have a pocket door in the half bath! Hooray for privacy 😀

Hope you enjoyed the tulip tour!

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19 thoughts on “What’s blooming – the tulip edition

  1. Fran

    I love your tulips. You as an American girl has a lot more of them in your garden as a Dutch girl 🙂 Are the bulbs expensive to buy for you? Otherwise I should try to buy them here and ship them to you for next year.

    1. Lori Post author

      I think the bulbs are reasonable. The price varies on the variety, but John Scheepers has the best price and variety. I think because they come direct from Holland instead of through a broker.

  2. Judy

    Your tulips are beautiful. I only have red ones and they are finished for the season. I, too, enjoy the lovely scent from lilies of the valley.
    I like how they spread too.

  3. Lay Down My Idols

    Beautiful – isn’t spring exciting?! We have lots of squirrels here who love to dig up the bulbs for their little snacks…but I do have some daffodils and a few other bulbs coming up. I keep trying! We live on the spot where a farm used to be, years ago – I find it so exciting to think of the past here! I love that kind of history.
    LOVE pocket doors too! We don’t have any here though.
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  4. Sandy


    First of all, thanks for posting your thoughts…they make my day!!! Maybe one day I’ll be able to get as healthy as you are!!

    Secondly, so, soooo jealous that you can grow “lily of the valley” where you are. I live in Georgia, and it’s WAY too warm here for such lovely flowers. You are right…the smell that wafts up from those tiny flowers is too beautiful for words. You just have to experience it!!

    Enjoy spring!!!

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