My Second Favorite Tulip

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 | 0 Comments

These are Gavota tulips. Many people who visit my garden in the spring inquire about these tulips because they have never seen tulips like them. They are fragrant and come back strong every year. These are another tulip that I purchase just about every year when the tulips hit the stores.

I am fortunate enough to live in the North so my tulips come back every spring. (sorry for those that live in the South- but you have dahlias and gladioluses that I'm too lazy to dig up and store every year)


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Blogger evilsciencechick said...

ooo....stripey! they look like little court jesters!

I grow herbs and tomatoes on my balcony...that's about it.

you've got quite the greeny thumb :)

May 18, 2005 1:22 PM

Blogger Shannon said...

My sunflowers aren't dead yet, but that's because it isn't 115 yet.

I'm jealous of the north.

So green. So effortlessly green.

May 18, 2005 2:03 PM

Blogger SierraBella said...

Beautiful tulips! Really unique.
I have lots of iris which I just love, because I don't have to do anything to them (or for them.)
I remember my grandmother in Maryland having to dig (and store) hundreds of bulbs every year.
Anything I can leave in the ground, and forget about, is good!

May 18, 2005 3:41 PM

Blogger Maria said...

I've never seen tulips like that before. Very pretty.

Where do you find time to be a green thumb? I can barely get my laundry done.

May 18, 2005 4:54 PM

Blogger OldRoses said...

Gorgeous! Of course, I had to Google them. They're Darwin crosses, so they perennialize well. Also, this type of tulip (Triumph tulips) are recommended for forcing. I've never heard of forcing tulips. Have you ever tried it?

The squirrels beheaded almost all of my tulips this year. Now they are working on my iris.

May 18, 2005 10:18 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Yes I have heard of forcing tulips, but I have never done it- too much work for me. It just means that you can force them to bloom out of season- the technique is also very useful for warm climates. You put them in a refrigerator for a couple months then plant them.

As for those damn squirrels- I tried pushing large bunches of dog and cat hair in the soil around the plants and that has worked every time to keep squirrels and rabbits from eating my plants. I just refresh each spring and it lasts all season.

May 18, 2005 10:48 PM

Blogger Sask 1 said...

Those are really beautiful.I used to live in The Netherlands.Beautiful Tulips there.

May 19, 2005 9:57 AM

Blogger ORF said...

Whoa, that dog/cat hair trick is so freaking cool. My cat sheds like a yeti, so if you need any fur, just let me know and I'll round it up and send it to ya!

May 20, 2005 12:39 PM