Spring Tulips 2016

The tulips are blooming beautifully this spring. They are later than usual and the daylilies are trying to sprout up alongside the tulips.

I’m happy they came up at all, because it was a weird, warm winter. To sprout in the spring, tulips need 8-10 weeks of chill hours before they will bloom in the spring, I really wasn’t sure they had it this year.

Here in the GTA 8-10 weeks of chill hours means we don’t have to do anything if you plant your tulips in the fall and let them freeze over winter. If you miss planting your tulips in the fall though, you can drop them in your vegetable drawer in a brown paper bag for 10 weeks or so and they are likely to sprout.

So with the warm on-again, off-again winter I was happy to see that almost all of my tulips sprouted this year:

Tulip Bed Front Garden
Tulip Bed Front Garden

I can’t remember the name of everything I planted last year, but I’m fairly certain this Tulip is Orange Emperor:

Orange Emperor Tulip
Orange Emperor Tulip

These are my favourite though – double yellow Tulips called Pompenette:

Pompenette Tulip
Pompenette Tulip

I’m not sure what this is called but it’s really nice:

Tulip Red and Yellow
Tulip Red and Yellow

This Red one is bright and pretty:

Tulip Red and Yellow
Tulip Red and Yellow

 

And this one is lower to the ground and adds a bit of depth:

Red Tulip
Red Tulip

 

 

 

 

 

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