Tulip Time in Tennessee!

After the daffodils and hyacinths have completed their performance the tulips take center stage in the front sidewalk garden. This time of year the front sidewalk garden is full of two kinds of tulips 'Negrita' and 'Shirley'. These were both impulse purchases at a box store in the fall of 2007 and have really gone beyond my expectations. I planted them en mass to try to achieve a wave of color in the spring.

'Negrita' is a dark purple colored tulip.  I'm partial to purples and blues in the garden so 'Negrita' was a natural fit. 
'Shirley' is an interesting tulip because of her petal colors.  The mature petals are the white and purple colors they were supposed to be but the young petals began as yellow.  This surprised me the first time they came up and I thought the box the tulips were in was mislabeled. 
 'Shirley's yellow tint will gradually change to white.
Here in the front sidewalk garden both kinds of tulips are combined greeting guests as they come by.

I think we will expand our tulips into some other areas this fall.  Maybe some reds and yellows.  When something goes right you should do it again!

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