Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tulip 'Princess Irene' and Tulip 'Cum Laude' with Spirea 'Goldflame' in the Front Walk Garden

Tulip 'Princess Irene' and Tulip 'Cum Laude' with Spirea 'Goldflame' and forget-me-nots (Myosotis)
Tulip 'Princess Irene' and Tulip 'Cum Laude' with Spirea 'Goldflame' and forget-me-nots (Myosotis)
We are living in decadent color these weeks at Gilmore Gardens in Pennsylvania. I cannot seem to keep up with taking photos enough to capture all of the changes. Here are a few vivid photos of the tulips in our Front Walk garden, which is situated in full to part sun.

The dark purple Tulip 'Cum Laude' have returned for their third year running in this area, once a combination with Tulip 'Shirley', a beauty in white with purple edging (see it in May 2011). I love shorter Tulip 'Princess Irene' (or Tulip 'Prinses Irene') in this garden, as it has so many color echoes... orange calling the the early foliage of Spirea 'Goldflame' and purple flames to match Tulip 'Cum Laude'. Bright blue forget-me-nots (Myosotis) make a great filler for tulips and add to the color punch. 

Tulip 'Princess Irene' and Tulip 'Cum Laude' with Spirea 'Goldflame' and forget-me-nots (Myosotis) on our corner by the street in our small garden
A street corner filled with color! The Front Walk and then the Front Woodland below planted up with a sea of forget-me-nots (Myosotis). An urn of Tulip 'Ballerina' sit by the tree just feet from the pavement.
Tulip 'Princess Irene' and blue forget-me-nots (Myosotis).
Tulip 'Princess Irene' and blue forget-me-nots (Myosotis).
View to the opposite side of the Front Woodland from the grass path by the Front Walk.
View to the opposite side of the Front Woodland from the grass path by the Front Walk.
Tulip 'Princess Irene' and Tulip 'Cum Laude' with Spirea 'Goldflame' and forget-me-nots (Myosotis). Photo April 26th.
There were a few white Anemone blanda sitting at the base of Tulip 'Princess Irene' just a few weeks ago, before the forget-me-nots ate them... which is mostly ok with me as I know that they are bound to do that in their exuberance. Photo April 16th.
See the Front Walk Secession Planting from 2011.

16 comments:

  1. What a beautiful combo! I simply must get some 'Princess Irene' this fall...I meant to after seeing them in gardens last spring, but totally forgot by the time fall rolled around. Love them combied with 'Cum Laude', I may have to steal...umm, I mean "borrow" this combination ;-)

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    1. Glad to be of help :) "Stealing" planting ideas is what being gardening buddies is all about!

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  2. Stunning color! I love how you've used the tulips with the spirea.

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  3. I bet everyone loves walking past your house, it is so colourful! Princess Irene seems to go with everything, either contrasting with your forget me nots or harmonising with the foliage of your spirea - fantastic!

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  4. I agree with Pauline above, your neighbours are very lucky people indeed! The at is a lovely combination; I've never seen 'Cum Laude' before - one for the list I think. Chirstina

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    1. Christina,
      I have really enjoyed 'Cum Laude'... it is a very near match for the Allium 'Purple Sensation' that bloom next in the Front Walk. I accidentally planted them together not realizing that the Allium would bloom so early. But I have really enjoyed watching as the blooms pass from tulip shape to balls.

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  5. Great combination of colors and textures! I especially like the Goldflame Spirea with the Forget-Me-Nots. Do people stop and ask you if they can take pictures of your garden? Seriously, it's stunning!

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  6. Thanks Beth! It is so much fun to share it with all of you garden bloggers too!!

    I have "caught" people taking pictures of the garden... even getting a photo of them through my window once :) Only one has asked. But I am inviting people all the time and have even said that they could make themselves at home having lunch at our patio table or walking the paths. No one has taken me up on it yet, but I will keep throwing the door open :) I want it to be shared.
    Julie

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  7. A beautiful combination. I like that you have a mixed bed too.

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  8. Julie all I can say is ...gorgeous...I love the colors...my garden is slowly waking and new plants are flowering finally...tulips either hardly bloomed, didn't bloom at all, came and went in a day or were stunted in growth...crazy April was not kind to my tulips.

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  9. I was thinking about your neighbors too as I looked at your photos. Their jaws must just drop at the beauty of it all.

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  10. Thanks for the photos - how pretty. In catalogs I've been looking at 'Orange Princess', which is a double form that sported off of 'Princess Irene' and has the same coloring. Love the streaks of other color and the way they pick up the color of the spiraea and plum tulips. Masterful combo, good job gardener!

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  11. So very pretty. The tulips colors are lovely, but I think it is the edging of humble forget-me-nots that really makes this combination sing.

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  12. Vilka häftiga rabatter du har så vackra förjätmigej de blir aldrig så hos mig.
    Ha en fin vecka
    Kram Meta

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  13. What would the mass of yellow green low growing plant be that adds a great deal to it. Does it stay that height or get larger

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    1. Maybe you mean the Sedum 'Acre' (photo 4) by the sidewalk? It does stay very short, dying off every winter back to little rosettes. You can read about it in my curb plantings here: http://wifemothergardener.blogspot.com/2011/08/designing-curb-strip-planting-in-lieu.html

      Thanks for your question!
      ~Julie

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