|Red emperor (Tulipa fosteriana)|
|Tulipa humilis at Quince|
And here's a paler pink form that's clumping up. Hard to believe these could be blooming in a month!
|Tulipa eichleri at Quince st. garden|
|Tulipa vvedenskyi and Aubrieta|
|Tulipa chrysantha ex Goteborg|
On a calmer note, this is a closeup of a little tulip I got years ago from Henrik Zetterlund. It prospered at my old house, and when we moved to Quince, I scattered seed in our new blue gramma meadow--perhaps ten years ago. Those seedlings germinated, and multiple clumps throughout the meadow are spreading. I believe it will not be too long before the whole little meadow is a solid patch of these--
One of the great mysteries of spring for me is why I see so few tulips in local landscapes when they are so beloved by people, so incredibly cheap and so easy to plant and maintain...oh well. I add dozens each year, and dream of the day I might visit them in April in their native haunts in Central Asia...