An elegant species slumming it in my yard

Michele’s Friday post will be up soon. In the meantime, are you (those in my zone-ish) enjoying your first species tulips of the season? This is humulis “Persian Pearl,” I love the sharply defined silver and purple, kind of like the panels on a pre-1800s ballgown. There are some equally fancy hellebores in the background.

Posted by on April 6, 2012 at 6:31 am, in the category Uncategorized.
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11 responses to “An elegant species slumming it in my yard”

  1. Kaviani says:

    I’m so jealous. Those tulips (unless forced…meh) and hellebores will not grow where I live.

  2. Susan says:

    I love the species tulips too, Elizabeth! Very undervalued and underused, in my opinion. I have some ‘Persian Pearl’ out now too, and every couple years I indulge in some spendy but lovely T. humilis ‘Alba coerulea oculata’. Worth every penny…….

  3. Eliz. says:

    Susan, those alba etc. are great, and I am happy to spend the money but I had to give up on them, when they stopped coming up even once.

  4. Liz says:

    Beautiful! I am a big fan of species tulips. The ones I put in the ground always come up teeny tiny (as in, even smaller than they should be, for a species tulip) and not very vigorous. If you have suggestions for particularly good sources for species tulips, I’d love to hear them sometime.

  5. Jen. says:

    Will plant some species tulips this fall. until then will have to just enjoy the hellebores that made their way home from our local garden store. (I have NO idea how they found their way to the car)

  6. Astra says:

    Our first species tulips came up a week and a half ago under early warm weather. I love them and given that Colorado has very similar climate patterns to their native homes, they do great here and naturalize freely.

    @Liz: I get more common ones from Brent and Becky’s and more rare ones from Odyssey Bulbs.

  7. I have T. clusiana blooming now. It’s a steady performer here. I keep looking for yellow and white T. tarda, but it seems to have disappeared again, the third time I’ve planted it.

  8. greg draiss says:

    A true perennial species I believe……..

  9. donna says:

    how i long to gaze upon persian pearl tulips. for a few years they came up, and just as the flowers were about to open, the squirrels nipped off the flower.

    i quit looking. i don’t know if they even come up anymore.

  10. Jason says:

    My favorite specied tulip is T. praestans “Fusilier.” Bright scarlet flowers in early spring. Mine are already passed their peak. I also love T. turkistanica.

  11. Susan says:

    Liz, another good source for species tulips is McClure & Zimmerman. They have a pretty amazing catalog of bulbs of all sorts, and their prices are quite reasonable.