Spring Miscellany: Tulips, Orioles, Lenten Roses, and Daffodils
This seems like a good time for a post devoted to miscellaneous development in the garden.
Have you been wondering about my container Tulips but you’ve been too polite to ask? Well, here they are. Yes, out of the 200+ Tulip bulbs planted in 12 containers, this one pot full of ‘Princess Irene’ is all I’ve got.
I surely gambled when I stored all the containers in the garage without insulation. When the temperature plunged to -22 Fahrenheit, it was as if I had thrown snake eyes. I’ll have to think about whether I want to change my approach to Tulips, but first I have to go through the grieving process.
On a more positive note, the Baltimore Orioles have arrived from their winter homes in Central America. I had their favorite feeder food, grape jelly, ready for them.
There have also been plenty of Rose-Breated Grosbeaks, but we don’t have pictures yet. No sign of hummingbirds, though.
The more the Lenten Roses (Helleborus orientalis) fill in, the more I like them. This year they started blooming around the middle of Lent, and are just now finishing up.
Our Lenten Roses are not any kind of fancy variety – the plain ones are expensive enough. Why are they so expensive?
Bulb mixes don’t give you those masses uniform blooms that can be so dramatic, but they can provide a much longer period of flowering. The free Colorblends Daffodil mixes that I got at the Garden Bloggers’ Fling are still providing plenty of color in the Parkway Bed.
Here’s a random sample of what’s blooming now.
It looks like these two are kissing. I’m not crazy about double Daffodils generally, but this yellow one makes me think of Peonies.
Much more is happening in the garden, but that’s all for now.