Cohabitating with tulips! Would mother approve?

March 14, 2011

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.

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Sabri September 12, 2015 at 3:18 pm

What a powerful story. I think you were being vaidalted in what you saw so you could learn to trust it on a strong level. You have to trust that the circumstance of things were also in order.Just because we get information doesn’t always mean for it to be shared. Maybe the mother needed, at that time a silent prayer more than anything and to be alone in her grief. Maybe she received the message by being given that gift of silence, In a way that she could own it and know it herself. You seeing that her son was there was maybe a validation for you that he was taking care of it. And you had your own lesson to learn from it. Trust the ufolding of events and know that everything is in order and is happening as it should.


Nichole Gladney March 15, 2011 at 1:46 am

Wow..I can only wish for tulips that look like that. I’m challenged to grow all most anything…but I try each year. Hopefully I don’t waste any more money.


Danniel March 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Thanks for visiting, Nichole. I hope your visit greens your thumb a wee bit. 🙂


Laurie March 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Cool idea. When I purchased a home years ago, I found out when tulip season arrived, that the previous owners had planted 8-10 tulips, randomly, on the septic mound in the back yard. They were about a foot apart in some spots, six inches apart or two feet apart in others. I never did get around to digging them up and replanting. The new owners probably blamed me for it.


Danniel March 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I guess it is better to be blamed for planting tulips than for planting $*%$* Norway Maples.


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