Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tulip Excitement, Tulip Disappointment



Long ago (last fall) and far away (above my pond outside my window), I had two bags of tulips, one in each hand. The lily-flowering tulips were marked Tulipa ‘Green Star’ and  Tulipa ‘Mona Lisa’. In excitement I dug my holes and planted the bulbs. I had a vision of two clumps of tulips springing from the ground in April adding more color to the exuberant spring show.
 
They sprang out of the ground as predicted and both were lovely. One in white with streaks of green, the other bright yellow with streaks of… um, with streaks of… where are the streaks of red? The bright yellow tulips that were supposed to have red markings looked like Tulipa ‘West Point’. I found three little wimpy tulips behind them that looked like they would be ‘Mona Lisa’ like, but the bulk of them didn’t streak as promised.

Still, the tulips looked beautiful, and though I am disappointed in not having a Mona Lisa in my garden, the beautiful tulips helped me past the disappointment. I will live happily ever after.

Tulipa 'Green Star'

Tulipa 'Mona Lisa' wannabe, but looks more like 'West Point'.

9 comments:

  1. What a bummer! Maybe the color develops later? Green Star is very pretty.

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    1. Alison, if they do, I will post a follow-up. I love the 'Green Star'.

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  2. I get that every so often with bulbs: camassia turns out to be leucojum, red tulips come up orange. Fortunately they're all beautiful, and easy to move around if the colors clash.

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    1. Good thing you don't eat Camassia! But so true they are all beautiful. So even a disappointment can be celebrated.

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  3. Green star is so pretty! I understand your dissapointment. Althoug all my tulips bloomed and have thecolour they suppose to have, none of my 10 irises bloomed:(!

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  4. Love you discussion on tulips. Which varieties do you think are winners in Kitsap?

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    1. I prefer the lily-flowering tulips as they seem to be more reliable than many other types. 'Ballade' especially so.

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  5. Very interesting markings on "Green Star". Lovely! Fosteriana tulips are also long lasting, along with species tulips. I do love my 'Queen of the Night' tulips. Such a dark color and very long-lasting. Of course, they get no summer water and in a well drained soil. That really helps them persist.

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