Yes, this year’s tulip season is now well underway. Let’s see which tulips are livening up the garden now, shall we?


The red tulips flushed with purple is ‘Couleur Cardinal’, a Single Early Tulip and long-time favorite. The Kaufmanniana Tulip ‘Early Harvest’ is in the pot to the rear.


Here’s a view of ‘Early Harvest’ from above, showing the mottled foliage. An odd thing this year is that the ‘Early Harvest’ bulbs in the container bloomed long after the ones I had planted in the ground.


Here’s the first of the ‘Princess Irene’ tulips, another Single Early, to bloom. The purple flush on the orange tepal is both bold and delicate.


Here are the first of the ‘Ballerina’ tulips, which tend to bloom later in May most years. ‘Ballerina’ is one of the Lily Flowering or Water Tulips.


This was one of three pots that I put in the garage and forgot about. You can see that the tulips are stunted because I let the pot get too dry. Tulips overwintering in pots don’t want a lot of water, but they do need some. Hopefully I’ll still get some decent blooms.


The Species Tulip Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’ is blooming in the Left Bank Bed.


Near ‘Lady Jane’ is a close relative, Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha ‘Tubergen’s Gem’.


Here are some ‘Annie Schilder’, a variety of Triumph Tulips, blooming in the parkway.


I placed a pot of ‘Keizerskroon’ Early Single Tulips on the tree stump in the Lamppost Bed. The strong reds on a yellow background suggest flames and are noticeable from far down the street.

More tulip reports to come as the season progresses.

58 Comments on “Tulips!”

  1. Early Harvest is still a firm favourite of mine. Love Princess Irene too. And the two botanical tulips you have are very pretty. I want to plant more of those down at the bottom of my rockery for a more natural look.

  2. Your ‘Couleur Cardinal’ is lovely, I bought some last year after admiring yours but have to admit to being disappointed; maybe they prefer your colder weather. I wonder if the tulips in the pot that you left in the garage are later because they weren’t so cold although I don’t imagine that you heat your garage! Looking forward to all the rest of your tulips, I can never get enough!

    • It’s an unheated garage and not well insulated. I think that the buried pots are probably better protected from the cold. I think my big mistake was letting the pots get too dry – tulips don’t need much moisture over winter but they do need some.

  3. I love, love the ‘Couleur Cardinal’! I made a note so I wouldn’t forget to order some of these this fall–did you buy these from John Scheeper’s or somewhere else? I’m happy to report that the one pot of tulips I planted using your method of burying it in the garden over the winter was successful. Though the display of blooms isn’t as impressive as yours–I forgot to water it often enough:( My tulips are all pretty much done, so it’s a delight to see all of your lovely blooms, Jason.

  4. Beautiful tulips! Have you always had them in pots? Do you thin them out from time to time? I think that’s a brilliant idea to keep critters at bay. I wonder if Asiatic lilies would do just as well in the pots?

  5. Such a lovely collection! None of my Tulips planted in pots survived. Ironically, several out in the garden beds (the ones the rabbits usually eat) actually bloomed this year. My plan in the next few days is to dig up every Tulip I can see and plant them in the same spot–surrounded by Daffodils. Hopefully, that will discourage the rabbits. 😉

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