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The tulips set amid the early hosta leaves are just lovely. For me, it's a meditation on transitions: in part of the scene, the hosta leaves will soon (I think) take over as the tulips finish up. Beautiful.

I bought at least a dozen bags of bulbs last autumn. I told the gardener to plant them wherever he pleased, so I had a lovely surprise going all spring, as I never knew what color and flower would erupt from where.

I don't think I need to buy any more of the King Alfred style of daff, though: I'll go for different colors and variations. More tulips, too--as many as I can afford, I think, along with more crocus assortment.

I don't think he's got enough time to plant all the iris rhizomes I've been buying this month or next...

I too have been having fun with tulips this spring - see my latest post on the subject www.perennialmeadows.com/2011/05/tulips-in-pots-or-in-gardens/
Thanks for this great post,
Michael

Sometimes it's just wonderful to see anything growing after the winter. No matter what color, or if it clashes, it's still beautiful.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

When I looked at the aerial shots of the tulip fields of Holland a Cheech and Chong phrase lept to mind: "Far out, dude", said in Tommy Chong's best stoner voice. I like the species tulips the best. I have a lovely little all yellow one that looks divine with the green and yellow striped hoki- whatever grass. It came in a mix of species bulbs. Shouldn't be too difficult to identify, I thought. Wrong. So I think I will just let it multiply on its own and not try to supplement with more bulbs. Which means I can try some other speicies tulip.

I was in the Netherlands two years ago for the bulb display. Amazing doesn't even begin to cover it! Elizabeth, I don't see how you could be bored with it if you saw it in person. The Keukenhof is one of the most wonderful places a gardener could go in springtime!

This year, my favorite tulip is an heirloom variety that I got from Old House Gardens called 'Absalon'. It's a burgundy/brown Rembrandt type with some of the most interesting flames I've ever seen. I think it dates back to the 18th century at least, and I love it so much I'm ordering more for this fall.

Elizabeth, love the clusianas with the white-edged hostas.

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