Pretty Lady

Although my gardens are greening up nicely this cool March, I still don’t have much blooming.  Spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis ) are soaring from their fleshy foliage

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and soon there will be more Iris blooms, but mostly the garden remains on a flowering strike due to our lingering cool  winter and effects from our last hard freeze. This past week though, I’ve enjoyed a treat each time I visit my back garden. The Lady Tulip (Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha) welcomes me each day in varying poses and wardrobe changes.  In the morning,

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these ladies haven’t quite awakened. Remained wrapped in their rosy red robes against the crisp mornings,

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they aren’t quite ready to face the day.  But, as the sun warms, Lady Tulips open, bit by bit,

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revealing their bright, yellow dresses for dancing in spring breezes.

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Tulips delight in the warmth of the afternoon sun,

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before enfolding colorful petals toward the end of the day.

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I bought these bulbs two years ago at Barton Springs Nursery.  It was an impulse purchase, the kind I prefer to avoid, but succumb to that day.  Last year, these tulips  bloomed, but the show was limited and not particularly impressive. I complete forgot I planted the bulbs until last week when the happy tulips reappeared.   I’m guessing that 2014’s cooler temperatures are why Lady Tulips are reveling in spring this year.

I’m not complaining.

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This year, Lady Tulips define spring in my slow-to-awaken garden.

 

6 thoughts on “Pretty Lady

    • Hi Steph! Oh, do that!! I’m so tickled with them this year. Especially since I’ve had to do nothing but enjoy them–that’s the kind of plant I really like.

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  1. How clever of you to give us a series of shots so we could enjoy your “ladies” as they unfolded during the day. I’m quite smitten! I will have to keep an eye out for them next time I am at BSN.

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    • I was pea green with envy when Jenny at Rock Rose posted photos of her Lady Jane Tulips two weeks ago and then my different ones started blooming a few days later and I was thrilled. So happy that they’ve bloomed and I plan to get more of them next fall. Maybe I’ll see you a BSN!

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    • Hi Jenny! After I saw your Lady Jane tulips, I remembered that I’d planted a related tulip. They didn’t do much last year, but they’ve more than made up for that poor showing. I agree–these are an easy, lovely bulb for this area and are too underutilized. I plan to buy and plant more bulbs next fall. And they are nice with the skullcap, aren’t they? I love easy plants.

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