Remember last week I showed you some plants with one lone pink tulip popping up from last year's design? Well, it looks like they're back in droves, or drifts to be more accurate, and they're not supposed to do this. That's because I removed all of the foliage as soon as the flowers gave out, which everybody in the hort world will tell you to never do, warning that if the foliage isn't left to slowly dry up, you won't have blooms the next year. My mental retort to these warnings is that there's no way I'd let such hideous foliage dominate the front of that border for the next two months. Not a chance.
So to all the experts of the world, so much more knowledgeable than dirty-handed gardeners like us, I present last year's foliage-deprived 'Pink Impression' tulips, which classify as Darwins if I'm not mistaken.
And to complete my 1-2 punch in the face of conventional wisdom, I'll tell you I don't let my daffodil foliage flop over, either. You know, we're warned to not even tie the foliage in a knot in some desperate attempt to hide the long and ugly process of dying. But when my daff foliage starts to flop, meaning on top of the groundcover - uh-uh, not gonna let that happen. I tie bunches of them up with twist 'ems. They then stand nicely at attention until they're weak enough to lift. The daffs have been going strong now for 15 or so years, spreading and blooming their hearts out.
I probably enjoy doing this too much and have unresolved issues with authority figures.