These were taken out of the garage in March and have flower buds about 4-5 inches up. I think all the pots are either Prinses Irene/Passionale, or Black Hero/Orange Princess.
If you want to treat hybrid tulips as annuals—and I know that’s not for everyone—this is the easiest way to do it. No digging them out of the ground, or worrying about how to fit them in with perennials. No worrying about animals, especially voles, etc. When these finish up, the pots can be filled with summer-blooming annuals, and in the fall different tulip combos can go in. I’m sure this is exactly how the folks who are marketing flowers as fashion would play it, though no one does market tulips this way, to my knowledge.
Species are much more interesting as plants, though they have caveats too. They perennialize, pretty much, and have fascinating shapes and color variations. The only problem is that you need to plant a lot of them. I always think I have, then find that I have misunderstood bloom times and still left that one spot empty.
I took a walk down the street yesterday and saw hybrid tulips that were clearly into their 3rd or 4th years. The stems were kind of coiled along the ground, with petals splayed out where they lay. Pitiful. But I can’t give up on tulips.Posted by Elizabeth Licata on April 9, 2012 at 5:29 am, in the category Uncategorized.