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Tulipomania: An Intro


 Every spring, there are just too many plants to write about. Oak leaves and redbud blooms and all the wild flowers, and the lunaria and the narcissus and the vines and fritillaries and there are the tulips…all those different kinds of tulips, each with its own personality.


I’ve gotten into a sort of plant-portrait rut, but there are so many great plants. And so I had an inspiration: I could get it out of my system this way: I could do a tulip marathon, a tulip a day for a week.

Starting tomorrow, it’s my own little Tulipomania, my homage to the Dutch who speculated like crazy on tulip futures. Yes, I’m a litle obsessed, a little enthralled, a little bit mesmerized by this incredibly variable and incredibly beautiful plant. I’m going to go heavy on the pictures, so each flower gets to show off several of its aspects.

Tulips are hugely variable: in size (from as high as your ankle to higher than your knee), in color (from white to black, with many multicolor combinations in between), and in personality (from brazen to shyly unassuming). And then there’s the variety of displays that each tulip gives throughout its life, from bud to the very tale end of the flower. The idea is to give you a tiny sampler box of tulip variety and beauty over the next seven days.


Having reminded you of how great tulips are to have around, I’ll end Tulipomania with a list post, “13 Ways to Get Your Tulips to Come Back.” I plan to leave this up for some days. I’d like it to be a sort of mini-forum, where we combine my research with yours, and get a better picture.


 So if you’re a tulip fan, I hope you’ll be putting on your thinking cap and looking forward to a tiny interlude of pleasure each day. If you’re neutral on tulips, I hope you’ll open your mind and let them speak to you through my posts. And if you just can’t stand tulips, I hope you’ll come back after I’ve gotten this off my chest.


{ 7 comments… add one }

  • Cyd May 6, 2009, 4:53 pm

    Yay! This will be fun.

  • tina May 6, 2009, 6:42 pm

    I’ll be back for sure. I just purchased a tulip specific book, so I am thrilled to delve deeper into the tulips-with the book and with you.

  • Daffodil Planter May 6, 2009, 9:56 pm

    And you will hear no quoting of Tiny Tim from my two lips during this delightful process.

  • kris at Blithewold May 7, 2009, 4:40 am

    Already I see one that I didn’t know we needed – in your photo Lady Jane looks like a groundcover magnolia! Must have. This series could be dangerous…

  • Pomona Belvedere May 7, 2009, 7:48 am

    Glad you’ll be along for the ride, and I hope you’ll contribute your insights and knowledge! (Including quotes from Tiny Tim, DP; I’m open to all sorts of wisdom). And yes, it could be a dangerous series…for fellow addicts.

  • lostlandscape(James) May 7, 2009, 6:48 pm

    Tulips are one of the plants that don’t do well here without serious pampering. If they were easier I’d have big drifts of them. At least I can drool over your great plants there!

  • Pomona Belvedere May 8, 2009, 9:41 am

    Hm, yes, San Diego is a tough nut to crack, spring bulb-wise. There are a few that will work there, have to check if any of my posts qualify. I think you will find at least one or two that qualify as “offbeat bulbs”, though.

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