The Early Bird Catches the Bulb
Last week I placed my order for fall bulbs from John Scheeper’s. Normally I order bulbs right around Labor Day, so I was about a month later than usual. But it’s been a busy fall.
Wouldn’t you know it, though: Tulip ‘Suncatcher’ was out of stock. I ordered this Tulip for the first time last year and it quickly became one of my favorites. It’s yellow and scarlet flowers glowed brilliantly in the sunlight.
As a substitute, I chose ‘Annie Schilder’. Like ‘Suncatcher’, ‘Annie Schilder’ is a Triump Tulip, a cross between the Early Singles and Darwin Hybrids. I’ve grown this one once before, and it’s very good – but not as exciting as ‘Suncatcher’.
Otherwise, I ordered the Tulip varieties that have become my standards:
‘Ballerina’, a Lily-Flowering Tulip.
‘Couleur Cardinal’, an Early Single with rich plum color.
‘Princess Irene’, another Early Single, soft orange flushed with purple.
‘Fostery King’, a Darwin Hybrid colored scarlet with a white base for startling contrast.
These Tulips are all for planting in containers. For our beds and borders, I ordered the following:
Allium christophii, also known as Star of Persia. These have lavender purple blooms that suggest exploding fireworks. It’s an Allium that Judy has wanted for a long time, though I have no idea at the moment where to put it.
Allium sphaerocephalon, Drustick Allium. These will be planted at the front of the Sidewalk Border. They bloom in July, so as to take over from the Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum).
Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa sardensis). As often happens, I developed a powerful impulse to buy this plant after seeing it at the Lurie Garden. It’s a very early bulb, but more colorful than Snowdrops and more rabbit-resistant than Crocus. I chose this variety because its blue flowers have the smallest white center, which Judy found unappealing.
Finally, I ordered a few hardy Lilies. All but one of the ‘Casa Blanca’ Oriental Lilies in the back garden have died, so I ordered a few more. Instead of planting them in a block, I’m going to split them up to see where they do best.
Finally, I’m trying a couple of the Martagon Lily ‘Sunny Morning’. The bulbs are expensive, but I just read an article claiming that Martagon Lilies were fairly shade tolerant, so we’ll see.
All together, I ordered 200 Tulips, 100 Glory-of-the-Snow, 75 Alliums, and 13 Lilies.
Were you late like me in making your bulb order for the fall?