As the tulips start to bloom (finally!), let's post pics of our favorite tulip pairings. I want to see your tulips, and how you have incorporated them into your landscape! I'm waiting eagerly for some red tulips to bloom paired with my purple muscari. My attached photo is from last year---tulips I grew in a raised bed for the purpose of cutting. These have not yet bloomed for me this year, and of course, sadly, appear to be coming up with much less vigor than last year since they are on season 2.
I have no way to do pictures right now, but I have Queen of the Night planted with Yellow Cheerfulness daffodils, which are a pale yellow. Queen was my son's choice about 6 years ago when I made my very first bulb order. They are kind of petering out now, getting smaller every year, so I'll need to replant to keep my combo going.
That's too bad about the Queen of the Night, Holly. They're coming up strong for me right now (the first year), so I thought they might be stronger. But if they look like I think they will, then they'll be worth supplementing.
Beahive---love it! I can totally envision your garden style with your pic! Cottage gardening----which is perfect in Silverton (one of my favorite towns by the way----tried to get my husband to move there when we came down from Portland a few years ago, but he wasn't willing to do the commute to Salem. I desperately wanted that old peach Victorian on acreage out by the Oregon garden that was for sale. I loved that house so much, and I still think about it. My favorite store for antiquing/vintaging is The Red Bench).
Katie and Maury---please post pics when they are ready! Sounds wonderful.
Must have been a melding of the mind during bulb ordering last year :) I'm anxiously awaiting my first year combo of Queen of the Night, Spring Green, and Angelique ( a double pale pink). And I enjoyed my first year of Daydream last year with blue forget-me-not's at its feet.
Right now I've got a lot of tulips budding out, but the only ones fully open are the Gavota Triumph tulip and Tarda - so just the little guys so far.
kosk Thanks so much. I do have a cottege style garden and the house is on the market if you want to think about moving to Silverton. All ya need to do is unpack and enjoy the garden & koi pond!! It is a newer home, no victorian...but I do have a cottage style shed.
Golden Ducat daffodil with Rob Verlinden tulip in a cutting garden. Pic taken today. Year two of growth, so kind of scraggly. I will be digging out my bulb cutting beds this year, and starting fresh in the fall. When you need them for bouquets, you can't have them scraggly. I buy those huge bags of tulips at Costco for my cutting beds. Superb quality and cheap. But I think my raised beds got a little bit too soggy this winter, so the bulbs haven't come back as nicely.
Need to get my youngest daughter thru 2 more years of college & maybe help with grad school after that without her having to take out student loans. I also want to down size to smaller house (hate housework) and find a bit more land. I will miss my garden & pond very much..but ya got to do what it takes to get your children raised. Losing a ton of $$ on this deal. Great deal & a three season garden for whom ever buys this place.
The market is aweful!
That is so kind of you to make that kind of sacrifice for your daughter. I confess though, that I never got a penny from my parents for school---paid for 4 years of college and then 4 years of medical school by myself. Still paying the loans. But I made it, and I'm proud that I put myself through school alone. However, providing an education, debt free, is truly the most generous gift a parent can give. We will be providing 4-5 years of college for each of our sons so they don't have to struggle as I did. However, grad school---they are on their own with that. My dad still tells people that the reason he didn't have to pay for my college is that I had the entire thing paid with scholarships----ha ha, not true. If only he knew (as he should have).
Beahive, what a beautiful place to give up...but always a new garden down the road. I've been in the same spot for over 30 years and sometimes wonder how it would be to start fresh and not have all my past mistakes staring me in the face. Not happening anytime soon, but still a niggling thought.
Kosk, things have definitely changed re college financing. When my kids were graduatiing from high school (turn of the century), I was appalled to find that parents are now "expected" to put their kids through -- when I was in college, my folks gave me a very small stipend to help out with living expenses, but otherwise I was on my own. Of course, tuition was about $300 a year or something crazy, so there's that.
Just read an article in the Seattle Times bemoaning the trend of state colleges accepting more out of state students than in state because of the increased tuition fees they get from the out of state kids. What a sad situation.
Colleges are very crazy these days. My Daughter applied to transfer from a private college in PA to OSU recently. They did not accept her Algebra 101(standard freshman algebra) and told her she needs two semesters of languages to transfer in. It is rediculous! Her major does not require languages!! She will moveback home in May and have to attend junior college to get these classes taken, then reapply. With the expense of college and the tough ecomomy why are they putting kids & parents through all this extra nonsense. Bonehead...maybe that article is correct, to save a spot for an out of state student. :(
It is very sad. I remember being flabbergasted that my med school tuition was $17,000 a year (U of Minnesota, in state, 1996-2000). Now that seems like a major bargain. I think most in state public med schools are now around 30-40K per year. With that kind of debt, nobody wants to do primary care anymore for fear that they will never be able to even own a home for so many years. I owe only $258 a month for the next 23 years. (Loans were consolidated into a 30 year loan at only 2.25% interest.) The laws were changed recently for the benefit of the government: that government loans can no longer be consolidated by private banks. This was shocking and sad to me---it means that modern students are stuck with the loan rates that the government gives them, which run around 7-10% I've heard. It is a punishing load to push on students, considering the sky-rocketing costs of education. I was so grateful that my husband and I were able to consolidate ours in time. (He owes similar). This change was passed without any pushback from anyone. Our country's policies are entirely geared towards those who vote---older people. Students are having the rug pulled from right under their noses, and they don't even know it.
The tulips are beautiful. Mine are up and about to bloom. Just need a few sunny days. I to us the Costco bulbs. Have had really good luck with them. You must buy early before they sit in the warehouse to long. My hyacinths are up,love the smell. I have found with those you need to plant every year to get a good show. What have any of you found?
I heard that very same thing. What a shame our tax dollars not supporting our kids. I have 2 kids in college and you can feel the pinch. One is at western as a freshman and has a hard time getting into the basic classes that are perrequisits. He will take some classes this summer at Everett CC which will (I hope) help next year at Western.
I have other thoughts but to political or this site. Just thought Education was a priority with the goverment?
Cute bunch of towheads! Our tulip fields in the Skagit Flats are reportedly under water. Not sure what that will do to the crop. Or the Tulip Festival itself. When we first moved here (31 years ago), a drive through the tulips fields was a pleasant afternoon diversion - it is now a traffic crawl zoo. Still gorgeous though. I don't bother with tulips in my own yard, I just enjoy the fields and plant a lot of daffs.
I finally have tulips blooming! This white to red spectrum bloom arrangement surprised me, cause I don't remember planting it. But I did dredge up a vague memory of moving a few tulips around at the end of last spring because they were in the wrong spot color-wise. I guess this was the outcome.
It's an okay combo, but I mostly like the grasses and sweet cicely together with the tulips (which are as far as I can remember: white emperor, yellow appledoon, van eyck (apricot color), and some reddish one :)
Oooh, Foxtrot is purty. I like your hillside photo, and am also following with interest your hillside landscaping conversation on the landscape roses thread. I have a bank landscaping project going on as well (not as large an area) and am getting some good ideas!
The sun came out for a bit yesterday so I snapped some pictures. Here is Gavota in the foreground with Daydream and narcissus in the back.
Okay, last one for today - Tulipa tarda almost hidden in multi-colored foliage. They are at the lower right with daffodil canniculatus in front, bleeding heart and heucheras behind, and Clematis alpina 'Willy' climbing up the wall.
This is one pair that Costco combined in a package last fall: Tahiti daffodil and Orange Emperor Tulip, The tulips started out shorter than the daffs but soon outdistanced them. Somewhere along the way, I remember reading that tulips continue to grow taller, even if they are placed in a vase.
And a combo unique to my garden. Red Impression and the Mountain.
I love the Impression tulips as they come back year after year. This particular group is in the large pot for the second year so far, but Julie has some that have been in the ground for several years and they still put out a spectacular show.
All very pretty. I've shied away from tulips for a couple reasons: Not too enamored of their after-foliage (how do you hide that?). Trouble with the critters eating the bulbs, so have gone with mostly daffs which they leave alone (same problem with the foliage although it seems to lay down better than tulips). They are a lovely flower though when in bloom, maybe I just need some tips of aftercare?? Especially when you plant a whole patch of them.
Well I don't plant whole patches of tulips, so don't have any hints for that (although a lady down the street does a whole bed of tulips interplanted with Oriental Poppies, which do a good job of hiding the waning tulip foliage, only I don't know what you do then to hide the Oriental Poppy foliage once they die down! I think she does a bunch of annual cutting flowers and lilies intermingled.)
I'm finding that Columbine and Aquilegia are both very good tulip companions for small clumps. They get big at just the right time and hide the nasty foliage nicely.
Just buy the cheap ones, and cut down the foliage when they are done. If they come back next year, it's a bonus. Otherwise, it's an inexpensive annual. They are so stunning, my yard isn't complete without them.
I'm a little ticked off - my Queen of the Night turned out to be yellow. It's a pretty yellow, but where is my Queen of the Night?
I saw somebody on TV yesterday planting a layered bulb container. Daffodils on the bottom, tulips at the next level and then crocus on top. He said the main reason tulips don't come back is that they're not planted deep enough. So plant your tulips and daffodils deep, apparently.
He said you'd have color March through May. I think maybe my planting aren't dense enough. I wish you could put bulbs in in the summer, rather than the fall - having to get stuff in in October is my downfall . . .
Cisco Morris said that daffs can be cut down after blooming. But yes, the tulip ugliness after bloom is a challenge. The purple tulip bed in the picture is a new bed this year and so still in the design phase so I will be watching this thread for the perfect campanion plants to hide the tulip remains. So how deep is deep enough anyway?
Not to question Cisco (who I've heard of but never listened to), but I've always read to leave the daffs to die off naturally. I usually just push them down and tuck them around something that is coming up. Has anyone tried cutting them down after bloom, and had good repeat blooming the next year? Maybe I'll try cutting some down and letting others alone and see if there is a difference.
Another daff note -- when do you divide a clump that is needing it (blooming less, very crowded). Mark it well and divide in fall? Or can you divide it now?
Oh no! Like you said Kathy, yellow is nice, but it certainly is not Queen of Night-ee.
Astilbe is also nice for covering decaying tulip foliage. In my yard Sweet Cicely is the queen of covering unsightly things quickly, but it definitely has some thuggish tendencies once established (just keeps growing, and growing, and growing...)
I also echo the daylily suggestion.
So far we have: bleeding heart, columbine, astilbe, and daylily as good tulip companion suggestions. Any more out there?
I have some long established patches of the plain yellow daffodil - I think you could dig up a clump of that and move it just about any day of the year and it would be fine :) Also, probably cut the foliage. I don't know that I would do that on clumps that are just getting established though.
Well dang it! This is shaping up to be the year of mis-labelled tulips. My Queen of Night tulips are as advertised, but my Spring Green are pink. A quick Google suggests that what I got is Groenland (this link shows Spring Green and Groenland together: http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/977318-product.html).
Sure, but I should make it clear that I've ordered lots of bulbs from these guys and this is the only issue I've ever had. And I'll definitely order from them again in the future - although I should probably let them know that what was packaged and shipped as Spring Green... wasn't.
I ordered these from Holland Bulb Farms. Along with a few other tulips including this beautiful Queen of Night
Gorgeous. I was at Greg Rabourne's native plant talk at Molbak's today and they had something similar to Queen of the Night blooming in the front pots.
Kim, do you remember the 'black' Fuchsia we saw at The Gray Barn Nursery? I saw it in a pot today at Molbak's. It was combined with the Tradescantia vine that has burgundy in it . . .Of course, they didn't have 4" pots . . .
Detouring to another bulb -- bluebells (skilla). I've always let that foliage lay around like the daffs to die on its own. Has anyone tried cutting them back after bloom? I have both daffs and bluebells planted in a fern garden and would love to cut the foliage back to let the ferns pop out better. Usually, I just tuck the spent foliage around the base of the ferms but there is always a bit of a transitory time that is a bit messy looking.
Gorgeous. The yellow tulips did turn orange one day - and so I must have gotten the QON switched with the DD. I got one purple one, too, but not QON. I'm very confused . . .
I think bulbs like the extra time to photosynthesize, but in good soils, they don't have to have it . . . certainly NOT the Spanish Bluebells. They may end up taking over the yard, but they are so no fuss that I can't complain about them.