Debbie's Garden: Tulips


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Plant: Tulip "Firespray"
Source: Breck's, Spring Hill Nursery
Quantity: 38
Planted: 10/22/05
Blooms: Early April
Notes: Planted in kitchen garden. These bouquet tulips are dependable and fantastic -- extremely bright and colorful, with several flowers per stem. They're always the earliest tulips to bloom.

Plant: Bouquet Tulip "Toronto"
Source: Van Bourgondien
Quantity: 32
Planted: 10/9/04
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted 20 from Van Bourgondien in back garden. These are very short tulips with peach/pink blooms that open wide in full sun and appear coral. Planted 12 from Van Dyck's in spa garden on 10/29/05. These are nice, reliable bouquet tulips that have beautiful pyramid-shaped blooms when they are closed in the morning, evening, and in the shade.

Plant: Tulip "Lady Jane"
Source: Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Quantity: 50
Planted: 10/29/05
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in front garden. These are gorgeous, whether the petals are pulled together at day's end or spread wide in the sun. They've come back stronger every year.

Plant: Tulip "Come-Back"
Source: Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Quantity: 20
Planted: 10/18/08
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in front garden. Perfectly shaped red tulip.

Plant: Tulip "Acropolis"
Source: Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Quantity: 20
Planted: 10/18/08
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in front garden. Nice pink tulip.

Plant: Tulip "Ballade"
Source: Breck's
Quantity: 14
Planted: 10/15/04
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in back garden. These are graceful mauve-pink blooms with white-trimmed, pointed petals. They are surprisingly tall, and the petals are very long. This is now one of my favorite tulips. 2009 correction: this is absolutely my favorite tulip. They come back reliably every year and are perfect in every way.

Plant: Darwin Tulip "Salmon Impression"
Source: Van Dyck's
Quantity: 20
Planted: 10/9/05
Blooms: Early April
Notes: Planted in kitchen garden. This is a huge, perfect pink tulip. They are tall and beautiful. They're going up there in the top ten of my all-time favorite tulips.

Plant: Tulip "Princess Irene"
Source: Van Dyck's
Quantity: 16
Planted: 10/22/06
Blooms: Late April
Notes: Part of my ongoing effort to plant everything with the name "Irene." Planted in far back garden. I don't care for orange, but I have to respect how unusual these blooms are. These are very short, sturdy tulips. We dug up the tree next to it in fall 2007, so only two bulbs returned in spring 2008. Planted 10 more from Brent and Becky's Bulbs in fall 2008, and they did well in 2009 and 2010. For some reason, the rabbits really love to eat these blooms.

Plant: Tulip "Little Beauty"
Source: Van Bourgondien
Quantity: 20
Planted: 10/29/05
Blooms: Late April
Notes: Planted in back garden. These are extremely short little tulips, and their foliage tends to cover up their blooms, but they are really cute. They come back strong every year.

Plant: Tulip "Golden Apeldoorn"
Source: Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Quantity: 25
Planted: 10/13/13
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in front garden where Jaap Groot used to be. This is a simple yellow tulip.

Plant: Tulip "Mother's Love"
Source: Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Quantity: 25
Planted: 10/13/13
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in back garden. This is a pretty red tulip with white edges.

Removed or Disappeared

(Yes, I know that not all tulips will come back. Several people have written to tell me this. I get it.)

Plant: Tulip "Jaap Groot"
Source: Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Quantity: 20
Planted: 10/18/08
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in front garden. These are perfect yellow tulips with paler petal edges and white foliage edges. Only two plants were left by 2013. Filled in their old location with 25 Golden Apeldoorn.

Plant: Tulip "Purple Prince"
Source: Lowe's, Van Bourgondien, Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Quantity: 30
Planted: 10/30/04
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Free with three purchases. Planted in side garden in fall 2004. The first set was from Lowe's, and they performed equally well, but we had to pull them to make room for evergreen trees. The second set took a big hit when we dropped a tree in the middle of them, and only two came back in 2008 despite our best efforts to replant the bulbs. Planted 10 more from Brent and Becky's Bulbs in a new location in fall 2008, but only two bloomed their second season, and they disappeared completely by 2012.

Plant: Fringed Tulip "Swan Wings"
Source: Park Seed
Quantity: 20
Planted: 10/28/07
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted 20 from Brent and Becky's Bulbs next to weeping cherry in fall 2005. This is a lovely white fringed tulip that deserved a better location because it got a little crushed by the weeping cherry's foliage and got very little sun. Only a few leaves came back in 2007, possibly due to the heavy shade in this location, so I planted 20 more from Park Seed in the kitchen garden in fall 2007 and they look terrific. Only got 8 blooms in 2009, 3 in 2010, and they were gone completely by 2011.

Plant: Tulip "Ice Stick"
Source: Breck's
Quantity: 10
Planted: 10/22/06
Blooms: Early April
Notes: Planted in back garden. Lovely tulip with pink-red marking on the outside and a bright yellow center. It opens wide in sunlight. These didn't come back by 2011.

Plant: Tulip "Easter Moon"
Source: Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Quantity: 10
Planted: 11/2/08
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in back garden. Nice white-edged foliage. Only three came back their second season, so out they came.

Plant: Tulip "Ice Cream"
Source: Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Quantity: 10
Planted: 11/2/08
Blooms: Early May
Notes: Planted in kitchen garden. These are very, very expensive bulbs, so I was disappointed that only eight came up and of those, only seven had buds. These took forever to open and didn't open at the same pace. Of the seven that had blooms, two blooms rotted before opening, three didn't open very much, and two finally opened as shown in the catalog. This photo is of the blooms at their peak, if you can call it that. None of them came back at all after the first season. I've heard from another gardener that all of her blooms rotted as well. Do not waste your money on these and instead, enjoy this $70 photograph.

Plant: Tulip "Peppermint Stick"
Source: Breck's
Quantity: 12
Planted: 10/22/06
Blooms: Late April
Notes: Bulbs arrived 9/25/06. Planted in back garden. These are like a miniature version of "Lady Jane." By 2009, I was down to about half, and had only one in 2010. They're really pretty boring.

Plant: Tulip "Perestroyka"
Source: Van Dyck's
Quantity: 10
Planted: 10/29/05
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in side garden. Free with order. These are large, light red/salmon tulips and they are beautiful. Stopped blooming by 2010.

Plant: Tulip "Fantasy"
Source: Breck's, Park Seed
Quantity: 20
Planted: 10/15/04
Blooms: Late April
Notes: Planted 10 from Breck's in kitchen garden. These are tall, unusual tulips, but very floppy, possibly due to too much shade. They keep coming back though. Moved these to a sunnier location in the far back garden in fall 2007, along with 10 more from Park Seed. They're still very floppy in the sun, and I now think it is because their blooms are so heavy. They are gorgeous and I love them when rain doesn't take them down. By 2010, they had stopped blooming so I removed what was left.

Plant: Triumph Tulip "Passionale"
Source: Lowe's
Quantity: 25
Planted: Fall 2003
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in the front garden. Short, pointed tulip with great purple color. These are sturdy and consistent in height and color. They keep coming back year after year but have reduced in number a bit. Removed in 2009 when we redid the front garden.

Plant: Tulip "Bleu Aimable"
Source: Meijer
Quantity: 15
Planted: 10/15/04
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in front garden. This tulip was displayed as bright blue on the packaging, but is actually a standard purple tulip. It is the same color as Purple Passionale, but with rounded petals instead of pointed petals. Returns every year but has slowly diminished in numbers. Removed in 2009 when we redid the front garden.

Plant: Double Tulip "Maywonder"
Source: Lowe's
Quantity: 18
Planted: Fall 2003
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: These are gorgeous, full double tulips which look more like peonies than tulips. Only half the blooms returned in 2005, but those blooms returned in 2006 and 2007. By 2009, I got only two blooms. Removed in 2009 when we redid the front garden.

Plant: Tulip "Dawn to Dusk Duet" (Menton and Purple Flag)
Source: Van Dyck's
Quantity: 20
Planted: 10/9/04
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Free with purchase. Planted in back garden. The Menton tulips bloom a week or two after the Purple Flag tulips. This is one of the reasons I don't care for tulip mixes. The Menton tulips are really beautiful, perfect pink tulips. When only two Purple Flag blooms appeared in 2009, I pulled them.

Plant: Bouquet Tulip "Candy Club"
Source: Breck's
Quantity: 16
Planted: 10/15/04
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in the back garden. These start out completely white, then pink streaks slowly appear over the next few weeks. By 2008, I was down to about half. I'm not too crazy about these since they're not consistent in height, color, or size. In 2009, only two blooms appeared, so I pulled them.

Plant: Tulip "Red Impression"
Source: Van Dyck's
Quantity: 20
Planted: 10/22/06
Blooms: Early April
Notes: We were so impressed with the bloom size and quality of Tulip "Salmon Impression" that I thought I'd try another one in the series. Planted in side garden that gets direct sun for only a few hours a day. Gorgeous, large red tulip. Only one bloom appeared in 2009, so I pulled the bulbs as well as I could, but they're trapped by the massive roots of the Japanese maple tree next to them. Poor things -- they never had a chance.

Plant: Tulip "Shirley"
Source: Van Bourgondien
Quantity: 16
Planted: 10/9/04
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in back garden. These are ivory tulips delicately edged with pink. I think they're a little boring, but they're dependable. These dwindled slowly in number every year and I finally pulled the last two leaves after four seasons of blooms.

Plant: Tulip "Monte Beau"
Source: Hirt's Gardens
Quantity: 20
Planted: Fall 2007
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: I'm not a big fan of yellow flowers, but this yellow and white striped double tulip is amazing. Like other peony-style tulips, this features 4 - 5 blooms per sturdy stem. Planted 12 from Van Bourgondien in kitchen garden in fall 2004. All 12 bloomed in 2005, three came back in 2006, and only one leaf came back in 2007, so I planted 20 more from Hirt's Gardens in the back garden in fall 2007. Not one came back after their first season. It's a shame because I really liked these.

Plant: Tulip "Blueberry Ripple"
Source: Bluestone Perennials
Quantity: 16
Planted: 10/28/07
Blooms: Late April
Notes: We planted 12 of these from Van Dyck's in the front garden in Fall 2003 and only two of ten turned out to be Blueberry Ripple. Planted 10 from Van Dyck's in back garden in 2004. In 2005, they were all the correct bulbs. Although the purple and white blend into one another much more than as shown in the catalog, they do look very much like blueberry ripple ice cream and are very pretty tulips. These did not return after one season. Planted 16 more from Bluestone Perennials in fall 2007, but only got 13 blooms of inconsistent height and shape. Again, they didn't come back after their first season, so I'm done with these.

Plant: Tulip "Tarda"
Source: Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Quantity: 20
Planted: 10/28/07
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in far back garden. These are tiny, bright yellow tulips that bloom for several weeks. I liked these a lot but they did not come back after one season.

Plant: Tulip "Cummins"
Source: Van Dyck's, Van Bourgondien
Quantity: 22
Planted: 10/9/04
Blooms: Late April
Notes: Planted in back garden. Tom found the fringe slightly disturbing ("What purpose does the fringe serve in nature?") but I love the purple color, which is a lighter lavender than this photo shows. These came back strong in 2006 and 2007, but not very well in 2008 since the asters planted on top of them had really grown and formed an inpenetrable mat of roots and stems. I pulled the few that were left to put them out of their misery.

Plant: Tulip "White Fire"
Source: Van Bourgondien
Quantity: 12
Planted: 10/29/05
Blooms: Late April
Notes: Planted in kitchen garden. These are not as attractive as shown in the catalog. They are supposed to be yellow and white with a red stripe, but there is no clear distinction between yellow and white, and the stripe is quite faint, so they are disappointing. Only two came back in 2007, so they're gone now. I've heard from another gardener that she got the same disappointing results with this tulip.

Plant: Triumph Tulip "Barcelona"
Source: Lowe's
Quantity: 16
Planted: Fall 2003
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted next to the weeping cherry tree. This is a beautiful, tall, peach/pink tulip. The color clashed horribly with the pink magnolia next to it so we dug up the bulbs and moved them to the back garden in fall 2005. They came up fairly well for being in the shade, but only four bloomed in 2006 and 2007, so I removed them. These were my favorite large pink tulip until "Salmon Impression" came along.

Plant: Bouquet Tulip "Antoinette"
Source: Van Dyck's
Quantity: 18
Planted: 10/9/04
Blooms: Late April
Notes: Planted in the kitchen garden. These started out white and yellow, and eventually turned orange-red. Click here, here, and here to see the transformation. About half came back in 2006, and only two came back in 2007 but didn't bloom, so I removed them.

Plant: Tulip "Blue Ribbon"
Source: Sundown Garden
Quantity: 12
Planted: 10/22/05
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted next to weeping cherry, which left them in the shade most of the time. It's a terrible location for tulips, and they didn't come back in 2007. Short, round purple tulip.

Plant: Tulip Violacea "Pallida" or Tulip "Alba Coerulea Oculata"
Source: Van Bourgondien, Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Quantity: 16
Planted: 10/9/04
Blooms: Early April
Notes: The catalog copy for this tulip said "...petals open to reveal a startling bright blue base." The only thing startling was that the base is actually pale purple. These were over $3/bulb and are unimpressive little blooms. Planted 10 more on 10/22/05 from Brent and Becky's Bulbs, where they were slightly cheaper, and they are the only ones that came up in 2006. None of them came up in 2007. Don't bother with these.

Plant: Double Tulip "Cherry Vanilla"
Source: Van Bourgondien
Quantity: 10
Planted: 10/9/04
Blooms: Early May
Notes: Planted in side garden. Very pretty tulip of uneven size like most double tulips. These did not return in 2006.

Plant: Tulip "Greenland"
Source: Van Bourgondien
Quantity: 14
Planted: 10/9/04
Blooms: Early May
Notes: Planted in back garden among peonies. These are very tall tulips. These did not return in 2006.

Plant: Bouquet Tulip "Cloud Nine"
Source: Van Dyck's
Quantity: 18
Planted: 10/9/04
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in front garden. This is a lovely white tulip with pink edges that get wider each day after they bloom. These did not return in 2006.

Plant: Tulip "Queen of Night"
Source: Lowe's
Quantity: 15
Planted: Fall 2003
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted under weeping cheery tree. These are the color of black cherries. Most of the foliage came back in 2005, but only one bloom appeared. We dug up the few remaining bulbs in fall 2005 to make room for different tulips.

Plant: Double Tulip "Lilac Perfection"
Source: Lowe's
Quantity: 12
Planted: Fall 2003
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: These are beautiful, full, peony-like tulips. They are a light lilac pink. After blooming nicely their first season, they did not return.

Plant: Fringed Triumph Tulip "Pink Fountain"
Source: Lowe's
Quantity: 10
Planted: Fall 2003
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in front garden. These were a lovely pink tulip, but there were no signs of fringe anywhere, and they looked like any standard tulip. The flowers weren't very consistent in size or color. My dilemma of whether or not to pull them was rendered moot when they did not come back at all their second season.

Plant: Tulip "Dreamland"
Source: Menard's
Quantity: 8
Planted: Fall 2003
Blooms: Late April
Notes: Planted in back near lilac bush. There were only two bulbs left when we pulled these to make room for new shrubs in spring 2005. If I find these again, I'll plant them again, because they were lovely.

Plant: Tulips "Purissima"
Source: Menards
Quantity: 16
Planted: Fall 2001
Blooms: Early April
Notes: Relocated in 2003 to front corner of front garden. Only a few remained and we removed them after their 2004 blooms to make room for new columbine plants.

Plant: Tulip "Sweetheart Duet"
Source: Van Dyck's
Quantity: 15
Planted: Fall 2003
Blooms: Mid-April
Notes: Planted in kitchen garden. I don't like to mix tulip colors, but this mix came free with mail order. The red flowers bloomed first, and are 6 - 8 inches shorter than the pink flowers, so I can't imagine why these were paired as a mix. These were also planted in shade and are very droopy, but made a nice cut flower bouquet. I decided that I'd rather free up the space for the astilbes planted around them, so I removed them.


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