‘Lilac Wonder’ Tulips

We can’t grow lilacs in these parts, and tulips are often iffy. But these little ‘Lilac Wonder’ tulips (Tulipa bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’) look promising in their first season.

TulipCU

I planted the bulbs last fall, and was thrilled when the first blossoms peeked above the ground a few weeks ago.

TulipBud

I was surprised to see the blossoms hugging the ground when they opened. They’re demure –  nothing like a big Holland tulip – but they’re cheerful and they are hopefully not one-shot wonders. Becky at the Arbor Gate says hers naturalized.

Tulip1

This week, they grew legs.

TulipStem

A first-year garden is kind of a pitiful thing, all that mulch still visible; but this is a good start.

TulipMorn

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