We returned late at night, and I checked a couple of the garden areas, but in the darkness it was hard to tell if the blooms were fading or still intact. The next morning this is what I saw in the Arbor Bed--I hadn't missed the whole show after all!
I did miss some of the early tulips, and others were already past their prime,
like the 'Double Maureen' above.
The same was true of the daffodils, including some sweet smaller ones that I saw only in Beckie's photos. But I didn't miss these mixed among the 'Maureens'! (Names of most daffodils are somewhere in my memory bank, but hard to retrieve at the moment.)
But most of the tulips waited for my return. 'Sunlover' was in full glory, a double peony-type tulip that has the largest blooms I've ever seen. And even better, it has multiplied in my garden.
Too tired the first morning back to unpack or do any of the countless chores that awaited me,
I traipsed around the garden in my ratty old robe and snapped photos.
A closer look at the tulips shown in the earlier photo--my namesake, 'Rosalie.'
And this gorgeous beauty in front of it, 'Ad Rem.'
As if on cue for my mother's birthday, 'Princess Irene' also began to bloom this past week.
I've kept records of all the tulips I've planted in recent years, but I have so many that I am beginning to get confused about some of their names. I'm pretty sure this is a new one, 'Pink Star.'
And this, I think, is 'Lady Jane.' I was worried these species tulips had been disturbed when we tried to dig out some nearby old yews last fall, but they certainly don't look like they were bothered at all--and they have multiplied as well.
Despite my efforts to record names, some escape me, like these delicate white with yellow markings. No matter, I enjoy their nameless beauty all the same.
Another NOID that's different from any others I have.
And what has become my very favorite tulip of all--'Akebono.' The rabbits didn't get these this year!
There are more tulips here and there, some nameless, some still waiting in the wings to bloom. I've been taking long shots of the garden, not because they're particularly attractive photos, but for my own records.
Having these photos in the fall will help me remember where there are empty spots in the sidewalk garden above and the shade garden in the previous photo. Because you know I will be ordering and planting more tulips next fall!
Tulips aren't my only addiction, however. I do love daffodils, too.
'Mount Hood' has multiplied in just two years.
It's a gorgeous white beauty with large blooms.
In the shade garden, a stand of narcissus. I wish I could remember the names of these, because I just love their slender stalks and would love to order more. Or, I could get ambitious and divide them...
I like the standard yellow daffodils because they're the first to bloom, but otherwise I much prefer a variety of daffodils and narcissus. This is one of a mix around the oak tree.
My granddaughter and I planted 80 daffodils around the oak tree last fall. After rabbits and/or deer feasted on many of the tulips last year, I decided not to tempt fate and stuck with daffodils rather than tulips in this area. I think I need to plant twice that many . . . or I could just be patient and let them multiply over the next few years.
Not every spring bloom has to be big and showy. Grape hyacinths make such a pretty contrast planted in masses in front of tulips or daffodils. I especially like this variegated mix.
I was also happy to see the new dwarf forsythia I planted last fall blooming so well.
I guess I forgot I had already planted tulips in this spot, though:)
Hellebores are still going strong.
Their pretty faces are much easier to see now than a couple of weeks ago.
Pulmonaria is blooming as well.
As is the Epimedium--my very first one. How have I overlooked these little beauties before? I think there will be more of these on my plant shopping list this spring:)
We were home in time to also see blooms on my little Serviceberry. It's doing well, but it will be a few years before it commands the attention it deserves.
And best of all, we were home in time to see the sight I wait for every spring--the redbud and flowering crabapples lining my driveway. Ahhh, can you see why spring is my favorite season of the year?!
I am way behind in blog reading and replying to all those who took the time to comment on my last two posts. I took my IPad with me on our trip, and while I could read blogs, half the time I couldn't leave a comment. I'm going to try to catch up with everyone's posts and comments this week--whenever the sun isn't shining, that is:)