The Case of the Mysterious Yellow Tulips

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It was a darkish and stormy evening. . . . no,no, that is not proper . . . It was a stupendous spring day with skies of the bluest blue and no trace of frost within the air.  As I let the canines out for his or her morning outing, I sensed one thing completely different within the air–no wind blasting me within the face, and temperatures already promising a day after I might lastly shed my winter coat.  As I ventured additional exterior to see the place the canines had gone off to, I seen one thing else that was different–the tulips have been lastly blooming!

Anybody who has visited this weblog within the spring earlier than, is aware of that I really like tulips and that tulip time is my absolute favourite time of 12 months.  Each fall I drool over all of the completely different forms of tulips within the catalogs and order twice as many I had supposed to.  And yearly, as I hurriedly rush to complete the bulb-planting earlier than winter makes its look, I have a look at the remaining tulip bulbs, questioning the place on this planet I’ll plant them.  There’s a last-minute scramble to plant them right here and there, with no thought to the unique cautious plans for coloration coordination and bloom time.  Not surprisingly, this ends in some surprises each spring.

On this high quality spring day, as I walked round, delighting in all the brand new blooms, I seen one thing unexpected–almost all of the tulips in bloom have been yellow!  The primary tulips which appeared within the arbor mattress practically per week in the past have been yellow.

The factor is, I do not even like yellow, particularly the intense happy-face sticker form of yellow.  At the least these are a paler yellow, however nonetheless.


They have been in every single place!  One solitary brighter yellow within the Lily Mattress.



And extra within the sidewalk mattress (bordered by the lifeless Encore Azalea that I refuse to confess is lifeless). A number of of those is perhaps ‘Vanilla Cream,’ which I do bear in mind planting, however I anticipated them to be extra cream, not yellow.


Each single flower bed–except one–had yellow tulips.  In the event you look intently, you will discover a bit critter on this one–apparently, they like yellow higher than I do.

The one place that did not have yellow tulips was the Roadside Mattress, the place these pinkish tulips are blooming.  However I am fortunate to have any tulips in any respect on this space: final fall squirrels, voles, or another marauding creature dug round on this backyard and never solely ate most of my bulbs, however destroyed a number of different crops as nicely.  However that is a narrative for one more day.

To be trustworthy, the final day or two I’ve seen just a few different colours right here and there within the backyard.  ‘Crimson Impression’ tulips above within the Arbor Mattress.


And a pink-peachy mix have opened up within the Sidewalk Mattress–‘Advert Rem,’ I feel.  Their coloration actually adjustments as they open up in the course of the day and because the gentle hits them.


Pink tulips blooming in between the shrubs in entrance of the house–if all I had seen currently have been pink tulips, I would not have been so stunned as a result of I do love pink.  These are in all probability ‘Pink Impression,’ my favourite pink tulip for reliability and longevity.

Everyone knows that hybrid tulips are short-lived, some way more so than others.  Would not it’s good in the event that they got here with expiration dates?  Or a bit signal that popped up within the spring saying, “Hey, that is our final go to to your backyard this 12 months, so that you’d higher plant extra of us this fall!”  It could actually assist me in my bulb-ordering and planting every fall:)

Talking of longevity, this orange tulip has been within the shade backyard for a minimum of eight years. There as soon as have been fairly just a few extra of this selection in several colours, and I want I might bear in mind their names as a result of I feel their days could also be numbered.  I’m leaning an increasing number of every year to long-lived tulips to save lots of myself a lot work within the fall.

A better have a look at the identical tulip.  The forecast for temps within the 70’s all week actually sounds great, however not so great for the tulips who a lot desire it a bit cooler.  I have to take pleasure in them whereas I can.

Elsewhere within the backyard, there’s a plethora of daffodils.  I’ve been shopping for bigger collections of various varieties for naturalizing with completely different bloom occasions, so the show of daffs will lengthen longer by the spring.


Different spring blooms could be seen on my final publish, however I could not resist another picture of a favourite, the Puschkinia.  Aren’t they candy?  I am tempted to discover a spot the place I might plant an entire mass of those.



However again to the mystery–who planted all these YELLOW tulips?? One clue is perhaps present in among the blooms simply opening up. These have grow to be my favourite tulip–‘Akebono,’



‘Akebono’ is a double tulip in gradations of yellow with a darker pink edging across the petals,
 barely seen right here.


The primary 12 months these bloomed for me I used to be so taken with them that I planted just a few extra the next 12 months, and when the rabbits ate a few of them that spring, I planted much more that fall.  And I in all probability added just a few extra this previous 12 months.  What I seen was that not yearly’s plantings have turned out the identical.  Maybe it is as a result of I’ve ordered them from completely different corporations, however among the blooms usually are not as full as the unique ‘Akebono.’  Maybe just a few of the mysterious yellow tulips are additionally ‘Akebono,’ however extra of the single-petaled selection.

One of many corporations lists ‘Akebono’ as a Darwin tulip, which normally is without doubt one of the longer-lived varieties of tulips obtainable.  That explains why I’ve so many of those this 12 months in my backyard; these specific yellow tulips I’m completely happy to have!

Nevertheless, not all of the yellow tulips are this selection, so I’ll by no means know why I’ve so many.  However an excellent larger query stays:  what occurred to the gardener who fastidiously recorded her bulb purchases in a backyard journal every fall after which made detailed maps the place every sort was planted?? Apparently, she wasn’t round within the fall of 2015.  I actually hope she returns this 12 months, but when she does not, will any person please remind me this fall, Do not Plant Any Extra Yellow Tulips!

I am becoming a member of in (a day late, sorry) with Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Backyard Bloggers’ Bloom Day the place you’ll be able to try spring–and even some autumn–blooms from world wide.

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