Time to Order the Tulips!
This week I placed my order for bulbs, something I do every September. For me, placing this order is a kind of early fall ritual. It is also an opportunity to experience the sweet agony of choosing from among the offerings in the John Scheeper’s bulb catalog (so many bulbs that I want but cannot have).
Tulips are always the main course of the September bulb order. This year I am ordering seven varieties and 160 bulbs, all of them going into containers. All seven varieties were also in last year’s order, but I eliminated three varieties from last year that I found unsatisfactory.
These are the tulips I ordered:
Annie Schilder. A mid-season light orange Triumph Tulip.
Ballerina. A late-blooming orange Lily Tulip.
Couleur Cardinal. A scarlet-purple Single Early Tulip.
Early Harvest. A bright orange Kaufmanniana variety that blooms very early.
Keizerskroon. An red and yellow Single Early Tulip.
Kingsblood. A deep red Single Late Tulip.
King’s Orange. A deep red-orange mid-season Triumph Tulip.
Princess Irene. An orange-purple Single Early Tulip
As you can see, I’m into orange tulips in a big way. Basically I have one very early variety, three early, two mid-season, and two late-season.
In addition to tulips, I’ve ordered 75 Grape Hyacinths (Muscari). That’s not a lot, I know, but they will spread. Of these, 50 are the straight Muscari armeniacum, and 25 are Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis’. While M. armeniacum is deep blue, ‘Valerie Finnis’ is a very light blue, so I think they will combine nicely.
The Grape Hyacinths will all go into the new Lamppost Bed, to contrast with all the red, orange, and yellow tulips elsewhere in the front garden.
Finally, I ordered some Allium aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’, to be planted on the south side of the crabapple tree.
Are you planning to plant any bulbs this autumn?