Tulip of the season
Much as they say one forgets the pain of childbirth—though I
don’t believe that for a moment—I have forgotten every bulb failure of the last
spring, including how short a time some of them lasted, how the squirrels dug
up a bunch of my container tulips, how I forgot to plant several bags of
last-minute sale lilies, and how for the second year in a row the acuminata did
not show its expensive face at all.
Lily of the season: orienpet "Grandiose"
No, all that is easily pushed aside as I pore over the
catalogs: mainly John Scheepers, Brent & Becky’s and Old House Gardens,
though I am considering giving McClure and Zimmerman another try. The Lily
Garden is the last one to show up.
Disappointment of the season: the squirrels ate the missing ones.
Some of the fantasies I am entertaining:
•Forcing about 50 hyacinths, all the same color in similar
pots and making kind of a minimalist display with them.
•Doing different lilies in pots every year.
•Buying a few of every variety of species tulip I don’t have
•Making a huge planting of the t. vvedenskyi (shown at top),
the loudest and shortest tulip I think I’ve ever seen, though impossible to photograph
•burying some pots (if I can get down that far) in the
front, so it is easier to change them out
There is no room for discouraging thoughts right now. Let
the ordering begin! And when you think of it, a couple hundred bucks isn’t much
to pay for the pleasure of anticipating these plants and enjoying them when
they finally appear, both inside as forced plants and outside as a long-awaited
respite of color after the usual dreary months of late winter and early spring.
But never enough. That’s why I have to plant more. I have to.
Do I have fellow bulb-obsessives out there? Or have you
given up? What were your successes last year and what are the new ones you may
try this year? I am thinking of posting a top ten of the most rewarding bulbs
to plant, so please link to pictures if you can.