What’s Blooming!

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!


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13 thoughts on “What’s Blooming!

  1. debby

    Ooooh. That pink tulip is scrumptious. But I like the Apricot Impressions almost as much. Definitely two that will go on my wish list for next year!
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  2. Leah

    I love tulips!! Yours are so pretty! I had. Small bed is planted full of tulip bulbs once and a stinkin’ javalena ate all my bulbs. I came home to a broken up bed. Oh, I was so mad!!

    We are buying a house and I’ll have to look into how tulips do here in Texas.
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  3. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    the garden is looking GREAT!

    Aww that sucks about your 100lb rose bush. Can you buy the same type of rose and re-plant? Even if it died, I think a new one would still give you that nice visual flower reminder of your hard work and determination!
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  4. Shelley B

    I don’t know, I’d probably cut some tulips to bring indoor…and next year, plant a cutting garden. Never thought about doing that at home, but I’ve been to one in Oregon and that was really cool, to wander through and cut the blooms you wanted for a bouquet.

    Your flowers are all so pretty! Too bad about the 100-pound rose bush; my 100-pound boots are long gone, so maybe that’s just what happens, eventually.
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  5. Kim

    That flagstone path stone and pink tulips – perfection! Maybe you need a “maintenance rose bush”.

  6. Jody - Fit at 59

    GORGEOUS Lori!!!!!! OH NO on your rose bush – so sorry!!!! We all know you will not gain back that weight but 🙁 on losing the bush!

    Have a wonderful weekend & climate walk! For once I have one close & I have family in town so I can’t go….
    Jody – Fit at 59´s last blog post ..Birthday Time Again!

  7. Biz

    I am sure that’s NOT a premonition that you’ll gain the weight back 🙂

    I loved the fringed tulips – so pretty! Anytime you come to Chicago I’ll grill for you and John if you help me garden 😀
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