tulips et al
Ok I'm kinda cheating cause below is a blog post, but I wanted to share here too. Hope that is ok.
Color in April is a wonderful thing. Today I am going still thinking about what I like about my bulbs and what to add next year. Most of the color coming up makes me very happy, so I took lots of pictures! Here is an over all view of the mailbox garden, where I focused the bulbs this year. I currently have 5 species of tulips blooming or about to bloom, plus a smattering of other things.
Below the crabapple are Greigii tulips called "Professor de Monsseri" which mix well with the small daffodils.
And a close up with Juniperus horizontalis 'Mother Lode' in the background.
Closer to the mailbox, a Single Early tulip named "Flair" is really showing off.
I love the look of paint brush strokes on each petal.
I like that they are close to the street, so they can be enjoyed by walkers in the neighborhood.
The Hyacinth, Grape Hyacinth and Creeping Phlox in the background are all very blue.
and are ready for their close-up.
I don't think it's possible to have too much phlox in a spring garden.
Most of the Single Early "Beauty Queen" near the Purple-leaf Sandcherry are not open yet, but this one was early and makes me think I did well on the color match. Hopefully I'll have a good picture for bloom day from this group.
Moving away from bulbs, the conifers are looking positively perky.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon' with lots of new growth.
And a happy Pinus parviflora 'Hagoromo '