Ever since moving down South from up North, I have mourned the loss of Tulips. But then I discovered Species Tulips! These are so much prettier than those big hybrids and they grow AND naturalize in the South. Outstanding!
I picked up these red and yellow ones last year at a local nursery. I'm not sure what kind they are exactly, but last year I had three and this year I have 6! Yay!:
OK, so Pam from Digging says these are Tulipa clusiana 'Cynthia'. Thanks for the ID, Pam! Here are some more photos of these open. You can see how they are all yellow inside:
New this year Tulip clusiana. I am completely head-over-heels in love with this one and will need to acquire more for next year:
Also new this year Tulip Saxatalis. I am going to get some yellow primrose to plant around this one (Actually, I am going to try and rescue some native yellow primrose from just down the road. They are widening the road and about to plow over a bunch of wildflowers. We'll see if I get there in time to save them from the bulldozers.):
Here are some naturalizing narcissus 'Thalia'. They have quite doubled since last spring:
And look at the redbud blooming. So pretty against the blue spring sky:
The Mt. Laurel is also beginning to bloom. Soon my garden will smell like grape soda: