|Tulip 'Akebono' certainly has a lot going on, with extra petals and the most delicate red edging.|
|As 'Akebono' matures and opens, it continues|
to add a little intrigue to your garden.
'Akebono' is considered a double tulip, and provided a few days of entertainment both in the garden and in a vase.
A species of Tulip called T. clusiana is more likely to come back for a few years of repeat performance.
I planted a handful of a variety called 'Lady Jane' in my seriously raised garden bed so I'd be able to enjoy them up close. A wiser move could not have been made.
'Lady Jane' is small and easily overlooked in the landscape. Whether by design or luck, I managed to plant the bulbs where nothing would overshadow the flowers when they popped up.
|'Lady Jane' is closed up tightly in the morning...|
|...but with warmth and sunshine, opens to reveal a more colorful attitude.|
|Tulip 'Dream Touch'|
Among the varieties in my garden, I think I've enjoyed a variety called 'Dream Touch' the most. When it first came up, it was a cute little, lipstick-colored number that faded into the background, surrounded as it was by its bright orange neighbors.
I'd even forgotten what it was called. By the time I looked again, it had turned into a beauty, with a delicate white edge to its notched and ruffled petals.
Not only did it get my attention; it seemed to put the orange tulips to shame for being too blatant.
|Tulip 'Dream Touch' subtly commands attention.|
I couldn't resist cutting just one to bring inside. It lasted for several days when I made sure to cut the stem each day and give it fresh water. 'Dream Touch' rewarded me once again, this time with a purple/mahogany/cream petals that had a sheen like satin ribbon.
Tulips are an extravagance. Buy just a few of the most bodacious and promising varieties; enjoy them in a vase, and then try a different variety the following year. I'm already perusing the online bulb specialty sites looking for my next choice.