Species tulips

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    I love species tulips. They come up earlier than hybrids and, to me, are much more attractive and interesting that the tall stemmed hybrids. Here are a couple that are open now. A few new ones coming that I will add when they open. I can't remember the names but they'll be easy to look up.

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    Nice! I've been in love with tulips for about as long as I can remember.

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    I've never cared for the hybrids much. Are these tulips
    perennials? The colors are quite vivid. I might have to add some of these to my perennial beds if they come back
    every year. They would be a great addition to my daffs.
    Are these best planted in the fall?

    Gregory gets more beautiful every time I see him...and more
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    Yes they are perennials Angela. They multiply every year. I love the vivid colour too. Here's a website for various tulip species... http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/species-tulips

    I plant mine late September/early October.

    Gregory says thank you!
     
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    Nice! Something I miss in Alaska is spring bulbs, especially Tulips. 2 years ago, I discovered that there are cold-hardy Tulipa species, and I started to grow Tulipa tarda. It went through the first winter of zone 2 and flowered last spring, and I'm waiting if it is going to come back this year. We are still covered under snow even though it has been very nice Alsakan spring.
     
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    Oh nice! I have tarda as well. It's the only one I remember the name as it's my favourite. The buds are showing on them now and should be open soon. I do hope yours come up again. They're lovely. Please post photos.
     
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    I never knew they looked like that. thanks.
     
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    They are so much more interesting, and longer flowering, than most hybrid tulips.

    Here is a better link...... http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/988#b

    PS.....Lanmark, don't people give the strangest looks and comments to see a cat on a leash? They don't realize cats are safer and happier that way. Three of ours don't mind the leash. Sanchez (our adopted feral kitten) has decided he's TERRIFIED of going outside. That's just fine with us too. He's content to sleep in a sunny window and watch the world go by.
     
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    Oh good, I always buy bulbs from White Flower. I'll have
    to look up these perennial tulips. Thank you!
     
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    Nice. Mine aren't flowering yet.
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    Nice. Digging on that stubby multi petaled form of C. humilis.

    I love species tulips. I've had good success with C. hageri and C. clusiana in this hot climate (similar to Charlestown, SC), but I can't get C. tarda to even flower ONCE well, so I gave up on that one. Too bad cause it's a beauty.
     
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    A couple more that have just opened....

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    And Pasque flowers...

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    Beauty.
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    Wendy, you're going to have the new place ship-shape and
    looking beautiful in no time. BTW, that's really evil to
    put out Opuntia as a kid deterrent. LOL! ;>)

    Did the magnolia make it through the winter? I hope to
    see photos when it blooms.
     
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    I really enjoy our gardens here. So many wonderful plants to grow! The Cyps are coming up now as well. Can't wait to see if they have flowers. Yes the Magnolia is fine. It's covered in buds. It blooms a little later up here but should be very soon. I know the buds are swelling. I love spring...so much life everywhere!

    Angela have you ordered species tulips? :evil::D
     
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    I'm still comparison shopping for the specific ones I want
    and I've forgotten the name and where I found it on the
    internet. It looks a great deal like tarda, but the petals
    are a lovely lavender with the yellow center.

    Watch out about getting old Wendy. Can't remember a
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    We also grow quite a few tulips here, the species are about to fade now (at least the earliest). The best location seems to be in the ground under some maple trees here also some of the hybrids do very well. Particularly the Darwin hybrids seem to naturalise well. we have planted some hundreds of 'Apeldoorn' and they seem to thrive since they come back every year since planting (must be ten years ago now?)
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    Tulips come from regions with moisture during spring and drought during summer so the location under decidious trees is perfect. Our climate is almost too moist for tulips, but as the trees provide the dryness that is needed during summer (both shelter and sucking up water) this location becomes almost perfect. Shadow is not a problem either since once the leaves are on the trees, the tulips starts to wither. And since the tulips dry and disappear within a couple of months, grass - or rather weeds, grass do not grow well undr the trees- is mown with the rest of the lawn.
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    Here are two of our three black cats as well. They are 'hired assasins' since we regularly have a problem with rodents, particularly mice - every 3 years or so, coming in the house, eating fruit, destroying anything a big problem actually.
    The green stuff is a rather stiff birds net that originally inteded to keep birds of berries, but I have found out that used this way it also deters deers. Guess its a bit scary, since it moves in the wind.
     
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    That kind of tulip is a one year wonder here. The next year
    is only foliage. Your tulip garden looks wonderful. I've been reading reviews of the perennial tulips and many reviews complained of chipmunks destroying the plants before they even have a chance to bloom. Living in the
    woods as we do, I suspect tulips wouldn't have a chance
    with grazing deer and hundreds of chipmunks...and squirrels.

    Beautiful and magic black cats you have there.
     
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    Wendy - Those look great. what are the last two on post # 12 .One is white trim with purple center. The other is white trim with yellow center
     

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