Tiptoe Through the Tulips and Daffodils

Miniature Daffodil (2)

Miniature Daffodil (2) (Photo credit: Sunchild57)

Miniature Daffodil

Miniature Daffodil (Photo credit: audreyjm529)

Miniature Daffodil 'Midget'

Miniature Daffodil ‘Midget’ (Photo credit: anneheathen)

Miniature Daffodils

Miniature Daffodils (Photo credit: audreyjm529)

My spring-flowering bulbs arrived last week, from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester VA, where I buy them every year.  John got them in the ground Saturday, before he took off for his vacation in Venezuela. He worked until almost 6 PM and it was dark when he left, but I figure they will look pretty good come spring because it’s difficult to mess up bulb planting, especially as I had him prepare the beds weeks ago.

English: Fritillaria montana; Botanic Garden, ...

Fritillaria montana; Botanic Garden, Vienna, Austria. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Snake's Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris...

Snake’s Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) on Ljubljana marsh near Vrhnika, Slovenia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This year, we planted these tulip bulbs:  Queen of the Night, a deep purple Darwin tulip; Maytime ( medium purple) and Marilyn (red and white): both lily flowered tulips; and several others in pink and white shades: Purissama, Shirley, and Sorbet.

 I also have oodles of miniature daffodils and Fritillaria or checkered lilies (photos above). Some call Fritillaria meleagris ‘snake’s head’ though I don’t know why.

John also planted several dozens of adorable miniature daffodils including: Baby Moon, Kokopili, and Tete-a-Tete. However, working in the dark, he left one bag of daffs on the porch.  They are now in my fridge, cooling their heels for forcing in an indoor pot.

Below: Tulips from bulbs I planted in previous years. Hopefully, the fat vole who lives out front left a few of the older bulbs in the ground.  He will certainly find many more new bulbs for his delectation. We always plant enough to share.

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Microtus pennsylvanicus

Microtus pennsylvanicus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

vole holes II

vole holes II (Photo credit: mccun934)

9 thoughts on “Tiptoe Through the Tulips and Daffodils

  1. Mother used to try and drown them out when water was cheap. Yes, those are stunning flowers. I do so like the new banner at the top too. Iris? Here it’s a miracle if I remember to water my assorted stuff. I do have a pot of frezias that I dearly love. At least I haven’t killed them yet.

    Still love that tree. Can I borrow it?


  2. Daffodils are a favourite flower of mine and one of the few things that remind me of a previous life lived in England!
    They do grow here in Melbourne – I have them in the garden – but nearly always miss them because we are away when they bloom lol
    Take care


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