Finally, a nice, long, rainy day. We have been so busy for so long trying to keep up with the weeds and the deadheading and the harvesting and the panting (yes, still!) that gloomy, overcast day- the kind you leave your desk light on all day for- is just what we needed. I have spent the morning compiling my list of bulbs I have ordered so that we can put their images in my annual planting album- more about that later. A little lunchtime blog reading got me thinking I should post.
The greatest percentage of my selections is tulips. We treat our tulips as annuals, preferring to dig them immediately after bloom rather than allowing the foliage to ripen in place. We give the spent bulbs to our fellow employees. The reason we do this is threefold. 1). Tulips look best the first year they are planted 2). I do not label the bulbs; it would be difficult to supplement the existing bulbs either to pump up the planting or replace missing/eaten bulbs and 3). Tulip foliage is ugly and big as it ripens down.
Because I plant new bulbs every fall, I have an opportunity to change up or vary the selection. Some tulips are mainstays, necessary every year to the look of the garden, and of course, the bulb companies introduce, or reintroduce new varieties every year. Here are my top ten (This year- always subject to change)
Salmon Parrot Tulip
Single Late Tulip Bleu Aimable
Hot Colored Parrot Tulips
Single Late Tulip Dordogne
Peony Tulip Cretaceous
Darwin Tulip Akebono
Peony Tulip Creme Upstar
Single Late Tulips Cum Laude, Queen of the Night, and Lily Flowered China Pink
Oh, the challenge to narrow my choices to my top picks! I order between 50 and 70 different varieties every year but these are some of my must haves.
I placed my bulb orders in July but there is still lots of time to make selections. Some of my favorite sources are here, here, and here. Corinne, Ashlee, Sam, and I are now waiting for the crates and boxes to show up. What would you pick?