They are not blooming yet, but on the south side of buildings and houses, the tulips are already 6 inches tall.
The best thing about bulbs: you can plant them even in areas that are shady all summer, because they do most of their photosynthesizing in early Spring before the trees leaf out.
The worst thing about bulbs: their awful, ugly, melodramatic death throes. We put up with the awful yellow foliage so they will return again next year.
But we don’t have to look at it.
My solution: companion planting. Here is my favorite Darwin Hybrid Tulip, Pink Impression, underplanted with Canadian Anemone. After the tulips are finished blooming, the anemone will hide tulip foliage.
Here is the same tulip with pulmonaria. Ivory Floradale is the white tulip in the background. I’ll post some more bulb/perennials companions in the next few days.