Not quite finished

My spring-flowering bulb plantings would have to be considered a success by almost any measure. I planted them so late last fall -- after all of the bulbs were on clearance -- that I was concerned that they wouldn't have enough time to establish. The mild winter gave them a break though, and it seems like all of the bulbs bloomed.

Crocus, daffodils, grape hyacinths, and tulips -- I saw them all and some of them lasted quite a long time. My neighbors all complained that their daffodils bloomed for just a few days and were gone, but that was probably due to the spell of 90ºF (32ºC) days we had. My blooms were slower to emerge and therefore missed the hottest days, and lasted for a couple of weeks it seemed. I thought the show was over now, but I was wrong.


I completely forgot that in addition to the above-mentioned bulbs I planted a fifth: Alliums!

My strategy with the daffodils -- which I wasn't a big fan of before this spring -- was to mix them throughout the plantings. Knowing that deer won't eat daffs I thought this could be a good way to keep them from munching the tulips. It seemed to work, as I only saw one or two tulip stems snipped, and that may have been a rabbit.

I also knew that nothing would eat Alliums (ornamental onions), so I included some of those as a late-spring insurance policy. If nothing else produced blooms, I was pretty sure the Alliums would.

And then I completely forgot about them.

But here they are!  Only a single bloom has fully opened so far, but a few more are coming soon.

A very nice surprise!


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (April 25, 2012 at 9:28 AM)  

I envy you! I've tried alliums before and none of them ever came up. I think it's a drainage issue. Did you plant yours in clay?

Marie  – (April 25, 2012 at 12:07 PM)  

What a fascinating perspective. I've gotten so used to looking at alliums as round globes. I don't think I've ever really noticed how oddly they open.

Nice to hear they're protecting your tulips.

Christine  – (April 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM)  

Lovely! Mine flopped last year, so I'll have to enjoy yours :)

Alan  – (April 25, 2012 at 2:16 PM)  

Gerhard: yes, heavily amended clay, which is what 98% of my plants are growing in. Wish I could give you some tips, but I just put the bulbs in and they grew.

Andrea  – (April 25, 2012 at 9:08 PM)  

They are so beautiful, most especially when seen in these photos. The contrast is great in all stages and angles!

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