Flowers · Gardening

Tulips Were Blooming Abundantly In Our Garden This Spring.

One of our Parrot tulips blooming in front of our house. It is a new addition - I planted them there last year.
One of our Parrot tulips blooming in front of our house. It is a new addition – I planted them there last year.

I am sorry I didn’t write here for a long time, but I was traveling and too busy taking many new pictures in California and then catching up with my garden and other things. During my travels I have seen several beautiful gardens and I will tell you more about them soon.

In the meantime while we were away, our crocuses bloomed and then were gone. When we came back in the middle of May, some hyacinths were still blooming, as well as many tulips I have planted last year.  I think May is the most beautiful and the best time to visit Toronto and area since there are so many flowers in bloom (mostly tulips), as well as multiple varieties of shrubs and trees, including fruits trees. In some colder places magnolias might be still blooming as well. Then lilac trees also come to bloom.  I have visited Toronto during this time as well and if time permits, I will also show you later how spring looked in Toronto in May.

Today I would like to present to you some of the most beautiful tulips, which were blooming in our garden this spring. The pictures were taken between May 15th and the first week of June. Now we have more flowers blooming and almost all tulips are gone. Most of them stopped blooming at the beginning of June, but we had new late blooming red Parrot tulips on the left side of our garden and some of them were still in bloom a couple of days ago. Definitely two kinds of Parrot tulips I have added to our garden last fall were some of the most beautiful flowers we had this spring.

Here is the pink-red-white and green Parrot tulip variety I have planted in front of our house and I was really happy how they have turned out. They were quite original, elegant looking with fringed edges and shades of red, dark pink and white with some green on the buds when they were just ready to open up. Here is another look at one of them.

Another view on one of the most beautiful tulips - Parrot tulip.
Another view on one of the most beautiful tulips – Parrot tulip.

I liked them also because they lasted for a pretty long time and a few were still blooming till about the middle of June. I think I will buy more of them for our garden.

We also had many tulips in shades of pink and light purple. Some of them of a simple shape, other looking very full and quite large.  Most of them were planted in previous years, but those in front of our house I had to replant because of renovations we had last year. One of my other favorite tulips blooming during this time was a purple-light pink tulip with a white fringe, as you can see below. We had some of them in the middle of our garden.

 Purple-light pink tulip with a white fringe blooming in our garden in May, 2018.
Purple-light pink tulip with a white fringe blooming in our garden in May, 2018.

We also had several quite big, tall and long lasting pink tulips as those in the picture below.

Another kind of pink tulips in our garden, May 3018.
Another kind of pink tulips in our garden, May 2018.

Here is a different kind of tulips we had in our garden and in front of our house. They were growing much smaller, but looked quite beautiful as well. This one is contrasting nicely with yarrow leaves.

Here is different type of tulip - this one was growing smaller, but also was very nice looking with various shades of pink and cream with a touch of yellow inside.
Here is different type of tulip – this one was growing smaller, but also was very nice looking with various shades of pink and cream with a touch of yellow inside.

Some of the most beautiful tulips we had in our garden were these large, dark pink tulips. A few of them were growing in the backyard. They are pretty long lasting as well.

Some of my favorite were these very large, very full looking dark pink tulips.
Some of my favorite were these very large, very full looking dark pink tulips.

 

Another view of these tulips.
A side view of these tulips.

I planted many tulips close to hyacinths for a nice composition and constant blooms during early spring. Hyacinths usually bloom first and by the time they are almost gone, tulips start blooming as well.

Some other tulips blooming in our garden along with hyacinths.
Some other tulips blooming in our garden along with hyacinths. May, 2018.

On the picture above the red fringed tulip is a new kind I have added last fall. I planted a few of them in various parts of our garden. They are pretty nice, but they are not my favorite and I don’t think they worked well beside pink tulips. Maybe I will move them to other locations. Some of them looked very nice, but other were rather small and short lasting. Here are few more pictures of them.

One of our new red fringed tulips growing in front of our house in the second part of May, 2018.
One of our new red fringed tulips growing in front of our house in the second part of May, 2018.

 

A close up of red fringed tulip growing in our garden in May, 2018 beside our Red Charm Peony, which was not blooming yet at this time. This tulip has quite nicely placed itself among peony leaves. From far away it could be mistaken for a very early peony flower.
A close up of red fringed tulip growing in our garden in May, 2018 beside our Red Charm Peony, which was not blooming yet at this time. This tulip has quite nicely placed itself among peony leaves. From far away it could be mistaken for a very early peony flower.

Here is another new addition to our garden – red parrot style tulip. I have planted several of them on the left side of our garden. They were the last to bloom and lasted for a very long time. In fact a couple of them were still blooming a few days ago in the middle of June.  Beside them I have placed a dark-pink flowering Martha’s Washington Geranium, which is an annual in our zone (5b). I had it in previous years and tried to overwinter it twice at home, but it didn’t work well, so I have purchased a new one.  On the right from tulips are Serbian Bluebells, which will soon bloom in light purple-blue. I have transplanted them from the front of our house since they only bloom for a while and I prefer there plants which flower longer.

Here are some of the latest blooming tulips in our garden growing beside annual Martha's Washington Geranium.
Here are some of the latest blooming tulips in our garden growing beside annual Martha’s Washington Geranium (Pelargonium domesticum). This geranium is also known as Regal Geraniums. Unfortunately they don’t last too long in our garden once it become hot, since they don’t like high temperatures.

I don’t think it it terms of colours this composition worked well since red and pink colours seemed to clash a bit beside each other, but this was the only spare place I could think about when I was planting this beautiful geranium.  Besides it was later in evening and the colour of the tulips seemed to work better with it. It evening fading light tulips looked more blue than they were. Here is a lesson not to plant anything too late in evening unless you are sure the colours would work well together.

Below is another view on these flowering group. It the background you can see daylilies and blue flowering “Forget me not”. This year we have added more bricks as a border to stop grass coming onto our flower beds. It helps a bit and looks nicer as well balancing with the right side of the garden were we already had bricks in place for a couple of years to border flower beds there.

Another view on these tulips and geranium.
Another view on these tulips and geranium.

Here is a closer look at these red Parrot tulips. It is not the best picture, but at least you can see them better. In the future I need to add other plants in the background to create a better backdrop for them. I hope they will come back next year. They are so beautiful.

Our new red parrot style tulips growing on the left side of our garden. They lasted for a long time, at least 3 weeks despite some pretty strong winds and occasional rain we had during this time.
Our new red parrot style tulips growing on the left side of our garden. They lasted for a long time, at least 3 weeks despite some pretty strong winds and occasional rain we had during this time.

Beside tulips we had many other flowers blooming in the second part of May or early June. I will show some of them to you in my next post so stay tuned and subscribe to my blog.

Tell Us About Tulips You Have in Your Garden.

What kind of tulips did you have in your garden? Are there any varieties you particularly like and why? Are there any tulip varieties you recommend? Please share your comments with us. Thank you.

What Has Inspired Me to Write this Article – the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – “Prolific”.

I was inspired to write this article by one of themes posted a few weeks ago at WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – prompt – “Prolific“.  I think this article works very well for this subject since tulips are quite prolific, especially when established.

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