Conscientious gardeners no doubt already have their daffodils in the ground, or at least already purchased, right? But not me. I JUST remembered it's almost time to choose and plant my tulip display for the next year, so I hastened to consult this selection at my usual source, John Scheepers: Single late tulips.
Why the single lates? Because they bloom after the daffodils have faded, rather than competing with them and creating too much floral excitement at once. And while I liked this year's combination of Cum Laude, Esther and Francoise, they were out of Cum Laudes and I like something new each year in any event.
So here's a sneak preview of the Great Tulip Display of 2008: 20 of these lovely Pink Diamonds, 20 of the multi-colored Blushing Girl, and 10 Violet Beauty. The 50 tulips will cover the front of a sunny backyard border and cost about $40, including shipping. Remember I grow them as annuals, ripping out their hideous foliage as soon as the flowers fade because, like I say, it's the front of the border. But for about the cost of a floral arrangement that would only last a couple of days we can have huge displays of blooming glory that last 2-3 weeks. So to anyone who thinks ripping out tulips after one season is wasteful, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. They don't repeat worth a damn, anyway.
So readers, where do you buy your bulbs?