Spring Flowers – Tulips Not All Coming Back

Two autumns ago we planted several types of tulips as part  of our front garden makeover.

Last spring we saw how they game out.

The different types of tulips included a grouping of Ballerina, Elegant Lady, Claudia and Tres Chic tulips, Menton tulips, Don Quichotte tulips, and more.

Now this spring would be the second year for the different groupings of tulips.

I was curious to see how they came out.

Would they come up in the same numbers? After all, we had a very mild winter with very little snow in this part of North America.

Well, some of the groupings of tulips came up just as nicely as in past years while, sadly, some did not. icon sad Spring Flowers   Tulips Not All Coming Back

For example, the Don Quichotte came up very nicely this spring (picture on the left below) just as they did last spring (picture on the right below):

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The same could be said for the below pictures of the Plasir type of tulips (this spring on the left and last spring on the right). Do notice that this spring’s Plasir tulips have much more red and much less white than those last year. I also took this spring’s picture a little late as I was out of town much of this spring.

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However this was not the case for the Menton tulips. the picture on the left is how they are appearing this spring vs the picture on the right showing their brilliance last spring.

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As well, the same occurred, sadly, for the collection of Ballerina, Elegant Lady, Claudia and Tres Chic tulips. The picture on the left is from this spring vs the picture on the right showing them in greater numbers last spring (their first):

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Did you notice a pattern here? At least in our limited sample, those tulips which were planted in great numbers seems to keep retain the number of tulips while the collection of tulips planted in lesser numbers did not return as well in year 2.

So, keep this in mind in the fall should you want to plant some tulips in your garden. Based on our limited experience with these varieties, plant them in large bunches.

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