|Tulip 'Princess Irene' and Tulip 'Cum Laude' at Gilmore Gardens in May 2012|
I have put much thought this week into what bulbs we should start at Havenwood for our first official spring season next year. There are crocuses, snowdrops, rock irises, daffodils, fritillaries, grape hyacinths, anemones, summer snowflakes, camassias, allium and - not least - tulips to think about. That is a lot to hold in ones head!
When it comes to choosing tulips in particular, I have found a trick that really helps me have a good idea about what the finished planting is going to look like: just Google it. (Isn't that the answer to many of life questions in our modern world!) Any browser (Bing. etc) with an image search capability will do.
The tulip is really hard to pin down, as its range of colors is so immense, even when looking at a single flower! From day to day, hour to hour, its colors change with the sun. It is hard enough to think about all of the different bloom times, heights, flower forms... but throw in that transient color and placing it correctly the first time becomes very chancy indeed.
But, when you do am image search in Google, the varying different types of light and conditions that the photos capture gives you a much better idea of what to expect in your garden. And of course this can be used with any plant combination, but I have found it essential for tulips.
Here are a few examples from my thinking this week. I took screen captures while using three to four different windows layered over one another. You can see what variety it is at the top of the pictured browser windows...
|For the Pergola garden...|
|The Pergola garden with a pink?|
|For the Knot Garden...|
|Knot Garden with a crocus...|
|For the Spring Vista...|
|For the Birch Walk...|
|For the damp sites in the Woodland...|
|An image search is also good for looking at a peony combination for the Knot Garden...|
|And maybe a combination taken from Stan Hywet for a bed in the Pergola garden...|
What flowers would you like to image search on Google today?