The Tulips Are Done
Thus ends the 2014 Tulip Experiment. Our hot dry January ruined the flowers of the potted bulbs--we got only two flowers, one good, one deformed, from the twenty bulbs in pots. The rest shriveled.
To the compost!
The bulbs planted in fallow veggie beds grew better--about a dozen flowers from those. It was fun, it was educational. The beautiful emerging foliage and the intense saturated red of the brief flowers came at a time when the garden was bare of roses, but I will be reluctant to do tulips again next year. The cost/pleasure ratio was not compelling.
Also in the cool-season bulb category, a few of the Ranunculus I planted last year have returned. More may have returned had I dug and stored rather than leaving them in the ground. These, with their easier care and extended flowering, I would plant again, choosing more subdued colors to better agree with the nearby pastel roses.
While the Tulips were not overwhelmingly successful, the Sweet Peas have been pure delight. Cheap, easy, fun, fragrant.
They already have competition, as the roses are waking up...
...the recently planted Grevillea 'Moonlight' has its first flower...
...the Morocco Daisy continues...
...and the Aloes!