There is nothing more encouraging than seeing green shoots break through the wintery earth. Tulips (amung other things!) are just starting to sprout, for me this is the first official sign that yes spring is coming and it’s time to get excited about another gardening year! I love tulips they are in fact my favorite flower(if a gardener can every truly choose a favorite flower) my plan was to create two huge drifting patches of bright white tulips under my big trees, I wanted to extend tulip season as long as possible so I planted an early and late bloomer. Upon flowering last spring I discovered the colour “white” varies widely among tulip varieties the early being pure bright snow white(what I was expecting) and the late being a honey cream beige(not what I was going for).
They were both labeled “white” at the garden centre and after lovingly planting over 200 bulbs 2 seasons ago I am constantly torn between digging out the late creamy variety but This comes on the back of my decision 3 seasons ago to plant over 200 yellow tulip bulbs in the same spot, only to realize in that following spring they just didn’t look right and I dug them ALL out and gave the bulbs away in favor of the all white look, which turned out to not be all white after all. If I had it to do over again I would have just gone exclusively with one single variety and sacrificed the extended season for the peaceful uniformity of a sea of white. I guess I still have another couple months to decide if this is going to be yet another tulip removing kind of spring…..