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This is a discussion on Tulips :) within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; I started a new border for the front of my house last year and planted ...

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    Default Tulips :)

    I started a new border for the front of my house last year and planted four mugo pines and five different tulips in between them. Then I layered the top with pebbles. So far three have bloomed but the other two are on their way.

    Unfortunately the camera focused too much on the background which was too distracting so I had to layer black fabric everywhere.

    I'm not sure if there is a tulip registry somewhere. It doesn't seem like they are as organized with hybrid names and their background for some reason. (or maybe I am wrong. and is there a hosta registry too?)

    Here is a Ancilla, a kaufmanniana or water lily type tulip. It was first to bloom, and much earlier than any other spring flowers, including my neighbours, so we were first to have spring blooms



    Here's Tulip Fashion. I'm not sure if it is labelled right or I got the correct bulbs because I did some googling and Fashion is a kaufmanniana too. I like the leaves on this guy too



    Here's Tulipa humilis 'Persian Pearl', a small one, only inches tall. I planted four of them but only one survived.



    Because I didn't plant many of the garden plants at my house I will need help with ID's on many plants as they start blooming.
    I'm not sure what these are but there are plenty growing everywhere in shady spots. They are also growing with my Cyp. parviflorum now.

    And this old tree gives many many white blooms! What is it?


    The lawn is a bit yellow , my neighbours have green lawns... Anyways I will be digging up all of this portion for new flower beds...

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    Fren those tulips are lovely - ours have all gone now, but we only had plain red ones.

    That pink flower - my mother in law has masses of it, so I am going to ask her what it is as I can never remember. I see it everywhere in people's gardens - apart from mine.

    At first I thought your tree was a really big lilac, but the flowers up close don't look anything like that so hopefully someone else will have an answer for you!

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    I reckon the pink ones are bergenias, or Elephants ears as the common name is, Judi they also come in white

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    great tulips Fren

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    Yup - the pink one is a bergenia.

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    Great shots, Fren. Our tulips only lasted a couple of weeks. The Easter frost we had killed them off so we did not get to enjoy them much this year. I have planted about 200 in the front along the sidewalk and in two planters. I did not maintain the beds very well, so they just come-up in spotty patches now. I really need to dig them up and re-plant. The pink (Persian Pearl) is really a wonderful color and shape.

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    Really like your first tulip pic, Fren! Looks like a tulip with its reflection in a black mirror.

    Only problem with tulips is the blooms just don't last terribly long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    I have planted about 200 in the front along the sidewalk and in two planters.
    Whoa! 200 of them! That must have been a brilliant display.

    I also plan to plant a huge number of tulips once this lawn is all dug up. I'll be looking for something red most likely. They will be planted in a large circle dug around a new evan's cherry tree, which is still small and will be bare of all leaves when the tulip is in bloom anyways for maximun sun. What perennial is good for accompanying tulips after they are finished their blooming, in a zone three climate? I don't want it to be bare land once they die back. I've gotta borrow some gardening books to plan out the huge bed I want to create.

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    And thanks for the comments

    The Ancilla is very photogenic! Although Tulip Fashion gave a more eyecatching display and larger blooms, it is more difficult to photograph, maybe like phrag besseae and red catts

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    I found an blue print of the garden from 1987! And the tree planted was a Prunus padus, and the pink blooms are Bergenia cordifolia (Heartleaf Bergenia) also I can ID some of my other old trees now. The garden was professionally landscaped back then but this blue print is very outdated and its worn out so it looks like a treasure map

    I found
    Prunus padus (Bird Cherry)
    Prunus triloba (Chinese Flow Almond)
    Lyringa villosa (Late Lilac) (x2)
    Picea pungens ‘Glauca’ (x4)
    Lonicera dropmore scarlet (Climbing Honeysuckle)
    Caragana arb. Pendula (Weeping Caragana)
    Juniperus h. Wiltonii (Blue Rug)
    Juniperus chinensis Pfitzfer (Golden Juniper) (x2)
    Sorbus aucuparia
    Bergenia cordifolia (Heartleaf Bergenia)
    Shrubby cinquefoil

    I'll probably end up labelling everything because I can't help myself after growing orchids...

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