I was wrong about tulips. Yup, I have always recommended species tulips over the hybrid tulips but after many years of growing all types of tulips in my gardens I am rethinking that advice. Hybrid tulips are the best! That is if you have longevity in your garden and don't mind going a few years without a bloom. They will of course bloom the first year they are planted but then you can expect it will be several years before they bloom again. That's okay if you don't mind the wait.
'Pink Impression' is one of the very best hybrid tulips you can buy. I have easily gotten three years of bloom from them before they disappeared-only to reappear several years later. 'Red Impression' is another nice one. Both are Darwin type tulips bulbs; which seem to get high ratings with perennializing in a garden.
They do really make a big show and I can't help but think of Holland when I see these wonderful hybrid tulips in my garden. To see the tulips and all manner of bulbs blooming in the gardens of Keukenhof in Lisse Holland while we lived in Europe is a sight I shall never forget. Believe it or not my garden style has always been heavily influenced by the gardens I saw while living in Europe. Their gardens are park like. I enjoy that kind of setting in my own garden.
I always plant a package or two of hybrid tulips each fall. I know, silly me. I just can't help myself. Each year I plant different colors. I love the blooms even if they bloom only one time! They are so very pretty and spring like. But after the first year I don't ever expect them to come back again-but now I think I'll expect them to return-after a mini vacation of sorts.
This year seems to the year all of the hybrids came back to work. There are lots of wildly colored hybrid tulips. And you know what, I somehow think the 3-5 years between big shows is well worth planting hybrid tulips. They are almost like a surprise you didn't plant when they suddenly appear again after they've spent years on vacation....
in the garden....
A tip when planting bulbs-mass them all together. I happen to like all the same color in one spot but even multi colored tulips look great when massed in groups of a dozen or more.
It is tax day today and I am behind on filing. Wish me luck and I hope you all have finished yours!