My fall bulb order has arrived and this is what I got, 50 of them. It's the 1916 tulip 'Blue Aimable' and here's what I know about it: "Though
it’s not blue, it’s a soft, silvery lilac that combines amiably with
just about everything. Even better, its tall, graceful blossoms last
and last in bloom, longer than any other tulip we’ve grown. Darwin, 24
inches, zones 3-7, from Holland." And under $20 for the bunch.
I've arrived at this simple 50-of-one-tulip design idea after a colorful assortment of tulip design failures:
- Tulips bloom too early, competing with the daffodils and leaving the border all spent-leafy in late spring.
- Different tulips fail to bloom together, as intended.
- Tulips fail to be the imagined color.
- Tulips fail to STAY the right color, morphing from pink to - eek! - orange and clashing big-time with their neighbors.
Finally the only thing standing between me and tulip design paradise are the backyard squirrels and y'all remember how I foiled them last year using pepper flakes? Next year it'll be perfect.
I'm not even worried that I don't know which of these two photos accurately depicts the damn flowers, or if they'll be some other version of blue-purple-pink. How can they not look great against the backdrop of major dogwood action, minor viburnum action, and a scattering of blooming azaleas? God, just thinking about spring is making me hot. You know, gardener hot.