The spring floral parade marches on, abetted by the seasonally mild weather of the last few days.
Here’s a view of the Parkway Bed, looking east.
This end of the Parkway Bed is a particularly sunny spot, and many flowering bulb varieties like to bloom here first.
Here’s a view of the Driveway Border from the sidewalk. Please ignore the utility flags.
The species tulip Tulipa dasystemon is having its star turn. Its white-tipped flowers of gold are bursting open everywhere. There is a good reason you may think it looks like T. tarda, as the John Scheepers catalog says the two are so closely related they “could be one and the same.”
In the upper right corner you can see some of the last Tulipa turkestanica to still be in bloom.
Several hybrid tulips are showing off their first blooms in this favored sunny spot. The orange ones above are ‘Princess Irene’, the red and yellow is ‘Helmar’.
Another view of ‘Princess Irene’.
‘Helmar’ closed to the morning cold.
Tulip ‘Parade’ is just beginning to adorn the garden with a scattering of dramatic red blooms.
‘Parade’ is a good example of why you need to view tulips from above, not just from the side. The black base edged in yellow is quite a treat.
These first hybrid tulip blooms are just a signal that the real heart of the Tulip season will soon be with us. I, for one, am excited. How about you?