Thursday, September 27, 2007

tulips bulbs

Last week, I went out and bought my tulip bulbs. I can't plant them until mid to late October, but at least I found a lot of the ones I wanted by shopping early.

In April 2006, we went to the Netherlands for 4 wonderful days, and spent 2 of them at the Keukenhof Gardens. What a paradise for anyone who loves spring flowers. I bought many, many bulbs for myself, and my neighbor had me pick out some for her. Several that I bought her were so pretty, I wanted them in my own garden! So, here's what I found:

Apricot Beauty is one I bought for my neighbor - beautiful. I saw Prinses (princess?) Irene on Zoey's blog (Perennial Passion) this year and they were very pretty. I think these will be a very nice combination.

These two I just thought were very pretty - not sure if they'll be planted together, but I think they'd be pretty together.

Elegant Lady was one I picked up for my neighbor - very tall and very pastel. Abigail I just thought looked cool in the package pic.

These two I saw at the Keukenhof - they were gorgeous. I bought Monte Carlo for my neighbor, and they bloomed a really long time.

And some of you may remember my love affair last spring with Carnaval de Nice - this is a fantastic late tulip. I decided I needed more!!!
I won't really have fun digging all these holes, but I'm quite sure I'll enjoy all of them next spring.


Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I can't wait to see those tulips in the springtime! They will be something to see!

Susie said...

I agree with Sandi! Can't wait to see them in the spring. Love that blushing girl and the carnaval! Gorgeous!

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Carnival de Nice is beautiful in a bold and flashy way. Then Blushing Girl is just as beautiful in a demure and understated way. I can't wait until you photograph them next spring! Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Me said...

Isn't it funny how someone's entry topic can send a reader on a tangent. You've sent me on a tangent.

I'm Dutch (fourth generation American). My grandfather made two trips to the Netherlands one time he took my Uncle P (UP from My Tippy - who can be seen commenting on my blog and whom I mention occasionally).

He was talking of another trip and wanted to take my father. However, he died unexpectedly and the trip never occurred.

Tulips and things Dutch always give me a pause and remind me of my family.

(My parents and many other members of my family (including my late grandfather) live in Pella where there is the Tulip Festival and now a wonderful replica of a 1800's Dutch windmill made by Dutch builders (my grandfather used to give tours in the windmill - he was very good at it))

Giddy said...

Every year I swear I'm going to plant more spring flowering bulbs, but then, when October rolls around, I run out of steam in the garden. Perhaps you have motivated me to get going!

kate said...

Those are beautiful tulip selections. I'll look forward to seeing pictures in the spring ... my mind is already turning toward next spring.

I enjoyed reading about your Dutch family connections above.

violetlady said...

You always inspire me. I never did get to the roses, but I WILL plant tulip bulbs.

meresy_g said...

They are all so pretty. Maybe in pots surrounding the entrance to you brand new shed! (then you can avoid the hole digging.)

kris said...

Kate - the Dutch family comments were from "me" (Melissa) - I enjoyed reading her comment too. My daughter-in-law's father's family is Dutch, but that's as close as I come! (I like your new photo!)

Meresy_g - every year I think I'll hold back some bulbs and force them for containers on the patio - and then forget to do it. But it's a great idea - maybe this will be the year!

Everyone - you will DEFINTELY be seeing these tulips next spring! :)

peter hoh said...

Have you had much luck with your tulips coming back and blooming again? I put in a lot of bulbs in the fall of 2006. I'm anxious to see how they do next spring.

kris said...

Hi Peter - I have had really good luck with some tulips - not so great with others. I have no idea what makes the difference. My garden soil is really well prepped - lots of compost and leaf mulch - but I don't add any other fertilizers or bulb food. I plant tons of bulbs each year, so if some don't come back quite as vigorously, I have others to pick up the slack. I hope yours come back - and I want to see photos! :)

Greenie Gardens said...

I went to the Keukenhof years ago and still remember how beautiful the gardens were. At the time large trees were blooming and under them those fabulous beds of bulbs were blooming. Sounds like you will have a beautiful spring. Can't wait to see the pictures. Stephanie

Connie said...

How fun to be trying all these new tulips! You will be looking forward to spring. I especially like Elegant Lady.