Over the weekend I planted 300 bulbs in my hellstrip – the area between the sidewalk and street. It hurts to stand up straight now.
If a front yard garden is a gift to the neighborhood, as is said here in Buffalo, then this is my gift to neighbors. It should look stunning in the spring.
I went with three different collections that Colorblends offers. I don’t like yellows or whites in tulips, so that eliminated any of those collections. Light and bright colors tend to “steal the eye.” And whites are too reminiscent of snow, something, at that time of the year, of which I do not want to be reminded.
I like jewel tones, So the “Rainbow Coalition” satisfied that itch with purple, red, and orange tulips. And how could I not order the “Stop the Car” collection just for the name – they’re going along side the street! That has light orange and purple flowers. Lastly was “Lava” which are mostly red, but half will have orange-yellow tips on the red petals.
There are 100 of each collection. There are still a couple dozen past tulips that come up in the hellstrip each year – though they get a bit smaller over time. So there will be well over 300 tulips coming up.
They don’t naturalize, but many of them will re-appear next year without me having to do anything. I don’t dig them up and cold store them over the summer or anything. That’s for hardier souls than myself. My bulb spiritual guide, Elizabeth Licata suggests changing your mindset about spring bulbs – think of them as annuals, and your life and stress will drastically improve.
I also chose them for bloom time. Each blooms a little bit differently than the next which will prolong the ultimate bloom time longer than any one set, or sets that bloom at the same time.
Figuring out bloom time and color coordination was sort of like an algebra problem, but way more fun than algebra.
I ordered from Colorblends because a few years ago I had some Colorblends tulips that were the healthiest, happiest, tallest and longest lasting tulips I’d ever had. Many neighbors, and strangers, remarked on them. I’d look out my office window and see people taking pictures of them. Someone I know (not well) on Facebook even posted a photo of them, not knowing they were mine!
We got a lot of the fall garden cleanup done over the past two weekends and it’s looking pretty good out there. Only a few more things to do and we’ll get to those before the first snow flies, usually by mid-November.
I’ll be sure to post the hellstrip photos in the spring.