OK - here's how it starts... October 18, 2008 I planted 1000 yellow Darwin tulips (Mrs. John Scheepers) by hand, one bulb at a time. I topped it off with ground pine mulch.
I'll add to this thread as the seasons progress.
My Bed of Tulips
Excited to see them in bloom! I remember your amazing display of orange tulips, I'm sure this will be equally stunning.
Did you post any pics of your summer display?
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Both plantings are gorgeous! The banana is very effective and dramatic there. Love the colors of the impatiens with the burgundy leaves of the maples too.
I'll be watching. So nice to see such tidy beds. I try, but not hard enough. Patti
Leawood: What gorgeous gardens! Wow! Wish mine looked so good.
Your pictures are beautiful. Tell me more about your banana tree: do you keep your banana tree in a pot when it is in the yard? How tall is it, and how long have you had it? It is definitely an eyecatcher!
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This was the first year for the red banana - I have grown the green tree variety for 15 years, starting with one that was given to me by a friend. Each year they put out 'pups', so over the years, I've grown dozens of trees - each spring I give several away to friends who comment on them.
In pots, they do not get as large as they do in the ground, so all of mine go directly into the earth (actually, I dig a large hole, line it with decomposed horse manure, put in the tree and fill the remainder of the hole with manure). They normally get 9-12 feet tall.
This was the first year for the red variety, which I purchased at a nursery (it was kinda pricey). It doesn't seem to reproduce the same way (nor did it produce any bananas - my green trees have given me bananas, which never get a chance to mature, due to our short growing season). Here is a photo of one of the stalks of bananas from this season.
I dig them up in the fall, wash all the dirt off the roots and cut off all the leaves, then lay them in a cool, dark corner of my basement for the winter. Come spring, I drag them out, plant the dried stalk in the ground and the season starts all over.
The ravages of winter... the "True English" boxwood border I planted last spring has lost several plants over the winter. I should have known that if I strayed from my dependable "Winter Gem" variety I'd have problems - I have "Winter Gem" as hedges and upright plants in several locations around my yard and have never lost a plant. It looks to me like I will need to replace about a third of this hedge, which is a bite. I tried this variety for a 'change' - I wanted a different look and texture - contrary to it's tag, it evidently isn't hardy in zone 5.
Today is balmy and warm - 70 DEGREES! TOO WARM for Feb. 7 in Kansas City. Fortunately, the tulips are smarter than some of the other plants. They won't be fooled into emerging too soon.
Well done Lea!--I'm not familiar with the shrub you are using as an edging there, but might the others not grow and kinda fill in those few spaces? Or do they stay really small?
please do show us pics when they bloom!
Thanks to all! I'll post progress pix and the garden is open to all who would visit while these are in bloom (probably late April or early May).
Debbie, the boxwood hedge is a slow-growing variety that probably won't spread enough to fill in. I think this was just one of those bad plant choices I'll have to take out and replace with something that is better suited to our climate.
LeawoodGardener, I'm very impressed with your garden designs! I'm afraid I'm a cottage gardener, but I sure can appreciate your structured gardens (for lack of a better name).
Oh, I love your kitchen counter and color of your cabinets!
I cant wait to see them in bloom. What a great job you have done.
Nice gardens, Leawood - so neat and clean looking! I wish i could do that ^_^ Looking forward to seeing everything bloom!
Wow, I can already imagine how stunning this is going to look. I'll definitely be watching the progress!
A nice rain on Monday brought the tulips out even more. This is how they looked on Thursday, March 26. Today (March 28) we're getting a cold rain (No complaints! The forecast was for 10" of snow!) which should be even better for them. I've check several nurseries and so far, no 1 gallon boxwoods to replace the dead in this hedge.
Sorry the photo is 'on edge' - I cannot figure out why a photo that is upright on my screen is on its side when I upload it to DG.
If you have Windows Vista you can rotate the picture while viewing it in Windows Photo Gallery and when you close/move on to the next picture it will automatically save it in its rotated form.
I sometimes use Picasa as well, but unfortunately I have found that outside the Windows Photo gallery even if you view it as rotated so that the image is upright it still is "saved" in its original form (I am assuming you took the photo sideways to get a "prtrait" format? In that case you'll need to save it as a new file while it is rotated.
Thanks, Steve. I'm on a MAC. The photo is upright when I view it in my files, and I've even tried rotating it so it's on it's side in my file (thinking DG would turn it when it uploads), but it STILL shows up on it's side. The one thing I haven't done is crop the photo so it's a square - in most cases I have taken it in portrait format because that's what I want to show. I work in an office with a graphic designer - I'll try and get him to give me some pointers so my photos don't end up on their sides.
So pretty. I hope you don't have "Picky" neighbors or people passing by that want to snip a few. I will watching. Patti
Each year I lose a few to kids (I hope they are picking to give to Mom), and the 'hood is FULL of elderly walkers, dog-walkers, kid-walkers and joggers who give me greetings of cheer as I work and praise for making their view a little nicer.
I agree, a vey pretty picture, all that green against the snow. A couple weeks from now its going to be a sea of yellow & green. I too hope not to many people take them on you. I know I'd be really angry at anyone that didnt ask first. As a kid I was taught to never take a neighbors flowers.
That brings to mind a funny story. I was married and working to put both my wife and myself through college. We rented a, tiny apartment, owned by the University, in a complex for married students and their children. I planted a dozen tulips by the door when we moved in that fall. One sunny, Sunday morning the next spring, while I was at work, my wife said she could hear a little child's voice singing. Then she heard the distinctive 'snap' of a tulip stem. She ran to the door just to see a little kid race off with a handful of tulips, saying, "Mommie! I picked some flowers for you!". It's hard to complain about that.
Over the years I've lost bulbs to rodents, had whole sections of a bed of tulips broken down by two cats fighting, had mailmen trample through beds to take a shortcut through my yard and endured storms that broke tall stems or froze tender buds. I guess it all goes with being a gardener.
I guess thats why we always grow more than we need :>) just for the loss factor :>(
Leawood, what are those three cute little trees/shrubs you planted in the middle of your bed? The dome shaped ones.
Those are capitata Japanese yews, Steve - I planted then 3 years ago when I established the bed.
I yanked out 45 dead Boxwood from the hedge and took them in for replacement (for once in my life I saved a receipt!). I replaced the "True English" plants with "Wintergem" , a reliable plant I have used in hedges all over my yard (and never lost a single plant!).
I was going to plant them Saturday, but the forecast is for snow and temps in the LOW 20's Sunday and Monday, so I'm holding them where I can cover them overnight. They look like they have new growth and I don't want the tips to freeze.
I just love your tulip bed and can not wait to see the pictures in bloom. I like that front section of your yard, it looks very much like a lovely park from the angle of the pictures.
What do you do after the tulips are done flowering? Do they stay in and come back up next year?
Leawood, glad you saved your receipt! That's going to look so amazing. Is that gold Lysimachia as a groundcover in front of the Boxwoods? That will compliment the tulips beautifully!