Thursday, April 15, 2010

GBBD April 2010 - savage tulips

Springtime is usually a rather short-lived affair ere so we have to make the most of it. This year has been really strange with heatwave followed by snow followed by ... don't know but Spring would be nice.I like to have some bulbs and now that I have a fenced off area around the pond I can do this. I try to stick to types that could conceivably grow here naturally so tulips but only of the wild kind. My Tulipa are the lovely pink and white 'Lady Jane' and the pale yellow and red 'Clusiana Sheila'. I think that the Clusium inthe name refers to the town of Chiusi near here in Umbria. These Tulipa also have the advantage that they naturalise as I realy cannot be bothered to lift and store them over winter. The Dutch iris are also a boon and initially the porcupine did not like them but since have developed a taste for them and destroyed an entire bed; so far the wild animals have left my Narcissus 'Cheerfulness' alone so fingers crossed.
Happy Spring Bloom Day,
PS 'wild' or species tulips in Italian are termed 'selvattico' = savage


jo©o said...

Hiya Yvonne.
So your Spring is strange too where you are.
What about that Icelandic volcanic cloud? Is that getting as far south?
Don't much like the idea of it floating over our heads. It has to drop sometime. From 55.000 feet no less. Funny business.
I love the clusiana tulips too. They have been happy in a tub for the past three years without much attention from me. And never thought to try the white Dutch Iris. Porcupines? (Is that the same as hedgehogs? )
See you next month :-)

A Garden of Threads said...

The pictures of your blooms are lovely. To bad the porcupine likes some of the bulbs. Hope they save you some.

Bumble Lush said...

Gorgeous tulips! I love Italy (an getting married in Tuscany October) and am interested to follow your blog and how you grow things there.

Town Mouse said...

Oh, I just love the tulips. I don't do tulips because they need frost and putting them in the freezer is too fussy. So I'm always so happy to see them somewhere.

Happy bloom day!

maría cecilia said...

Darling Ivonne, lots of planting, lots of gravel and even a lightining stroke, a near volcano eruption, ooohh!! like us with the huge mega earthquake!!!
While the world is getting crazy you just enjoy the coming of spring to your piece of heaven on erth!!!
Muchos cariños,
Maria Cecilia

Anonymous said...

Cara Yvonne,

Even more interesting to read your pond "diary", now that you told me about your concept of "sustainable" gardening. Thanks again for the treat at the Vivaio. It certainly seemed to attract many garden enthusiasts. Enjoy spring, cara! Bacione, Ingrid in Umbria