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Parade of Tulips

April 23rd, 2009

The tulips are in full bloom here at Chiot’s Run, well at least the ones the deer didn’t get to.
I really like tulips, my favorite ones are Shirley Tulips and Negrita Tulips. I have a few other colors, but purple, white and pale yellow are my favorite colors as far as tulips go.
I’m not a huge fan of primary colors in the garden, not sure why, they just seem too harsh for me. I do have some red and yellow tulips in the gardens, they were labeled ‘Mickey Mouse’ tulips when I bought them.
Here in Ohio tulips aren’t always perennials. They come back occationally but they’re usually fewer in number and smaller. So each fall I plant a few bulbs so I have a good spring showing (although last fall I didn’t plant any so I don’t have very many tulips this spring). This coming fall I’m thinking about buying some heirloom bulbs to plant, they’re supposed to come back each year.

What’s your favorite color of tulip (or specific cultivar)?

10 Comments to “Parade of Tulips”
  1. ChristyACB on April 23, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Tulips are just about my favorite flower. They take their time and have inspired many. I can’t imagine having fewer every year after planting them so carefully. I love the broken tulips, of all the colors they come in. While the original virus that made it isn’t needed, I adore them. My favorite is the parrot.

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  2. Mangochild on April 23, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I like the orange ones. Actually, overall I like any orange flower – the striped ones in your pictures would be fun!

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  3. angie on April 23, 2009 at 8:36 am

    hi susy, i love your blog… tulips are my FAVORITE flower by far… i planted a bunch in the fall and thankfully they are blooming… i think in the past i may have either planted them too deep or not deep enough… i’m not sure but i ended up with a bunch of tulip leaves last year instead of blooms… right now i have purple ones blooming and there are 30 (yes , i counted because i was so excited to see them) that should be opening any day… they look like they may be a dark pink and there is one bunch that looks like they’ll be yellow…. can’t wait to see them burst open :-) keep up the great work and i’ll be checking back in often!!!

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  4. Karen in OH on April 23, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I am in the deer ate my tulips boat again this year. I swear you were in my yard taking that first pic of all the eaten ones. I hope to get at least one bloom, but I really don’t mind feeding deer tulips annually, as long as they leave my veggies alone! :)

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  5. Amy on April 23, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I like the purple ones but then again that’s my favorite color, ours haven’t started blooming yet but downtown Nashville, Ohio they have and some other various places in Holmes County!

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  6. Maureen on April 23, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Any color but white…and your photos are fabulous!

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  7. Dan on April 23, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Nice mix of tulips. I have yet to plant any here due to the massive number of squirrels we have. I have had good luck with species tulips in the past though, both in growth & rodent resistance.

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  8. Sande on April 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Beautiful flowers and photos. I think I’m glad we rarely have deer around the yard!

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  9. Karen's Garden Tips on April 28, 2009 at 10:38 am

    For tulips that come back each year looking good try some of the species tulips. They are not as large and showy as the others but they have a subtle beauty and look great with other spring bulbs. Two nice ones are Tulipa batalinii ‘Bright Gem’, and Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’, (rosy red and white),

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  10. Flowers lovers on January 12, 2010 at 4:37 am

    That was so really nice tulip pictures..nice

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