In Bloom: ‘Tecolote Salmon’ Ranunulus

In my quest to expand my flower garden this spring, I quickly filled an entire row with ranunculus corms. Upon ordering 'Tecolote Salmon' ranunculus, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Sure, the photo on the supplier's website was beautiful - but very seldom do such pictures reflect reality when it comes to these plants.…

Spoiler Alert: ‘Amazing Parrot’ Tulip IS AMAZING!

Alright, I know that I haven't been keeping count how many times I've written it - but, I love parrot tulips. I don't know what it is about them, maybe the ruffled petals? When I first saw 'Amazing Parrot' tulips being grown online, I knew that they looked very promising. After ordering them for myself,…

‘Avignon Parrot’ Tulips: Enormous Blooms!

Sometimes, photographing all of the flowers in the garden can be difficult. The weather simply would not cooperate this year when picking many of the tulips, and the 'Avignon Parrot' tulips were no exception. As you can see from the photo above, the heavy rains had really made a mess of several late season tulips.…

In Bloom: ‘Purple Dance’ Tulips

Though tulip season has long passed here in my garden, I'm still tackling the immense task of making individual posts about each of tulip varieties that I grew this spring. One of the more interesting ones in the garden were these 'Purple Dance' tulips. Much like 'Doll's Minuet,' I selected these because of their unique…

‘Mango Charm’ Tulips: My New Favorite Single Tulip!

It seems that I have been searching for years for a nice pastel pink tulip. I've tried a wide range of varieties, and they nearly always being much darker than had been anticipated. When I grew 'Mango Charm' tulip this year, I had high hopes. In the catalog, the flower was pictured as a very…

‘Bowl of Beauty’ Tulips: The Perfect Pastel Yellow Double Tulip

For a period of about 4 days this spring, my garden was absolutely washed with rain. Without doubt, this long period of time took its toll on my tulip bed. As you can be see from the photo above, very few flowers were actually able to withstand the less than ideal weather. During that time,…

‘Sunlover’ Tulips: A Collection of Bright Colors

Those who love bright, vibrant colors; look no further! 'Sunlover' tulips might just be the perfect tulip for you. Ranging in color from electric yellow to deep red, I was absolutely amazed by how this plant seemed to shine in the garden. Some bulb catalogs mention this flower's unique ability to morph and change color…

‘Top Lips’ Tulips: A New Garden Favorite!

Now that we are well into the discussion of the various tulips that we grew in our enormous flower bulb trial this year, it's once again time to show you one of my favorites. 'Top Lips' tulip bulbs were actually quite difficult to find online. After seeing the beautiful combination of pink and white, I…

In Bloom: ‘White Parrot’ Tulips

When it comes to planning the spring garden, I always find myself struggling to decide which parrot tulips should and should not be planted. Customers and donation recipients seem to be very opinionated about them - either loving them or hating them. Though I love most varieties of parrot tulip, it seems that 'White Parrot'…

‘Belicia’ Tulips: A Beautiful Pink Bunch of Flowers

In returning to my weakness for big, fluffy tulips - we arrive at the 'Belicia' double tulips. I've grown 'Belicia' tulips for a few years now, but for whatever reason, have never made a formal post about them here on the blog. Much like many of the other double tulips in my garden, I love…