April 28, 2015

Akebono Tulips

The spring show was  lovely this year...it really was. But still, I can't resist fussing a bit with the blend of tulips I have come to love and anticipate each spring.  My friend, DZ, from down the street, planted for Spring 2015 what may be the most beautiful tulip I've ever seen

AKEBONO (find it here at COLORBLENDS).

A soft buttery yellow bloom, dipped and tipped in a a rosy blush color....double in form, though not as full as an Angelique, with a sweet delicate fragrance...unusual and unexpected in a tulip. I simply MUST have some - a hundred or so - to add to my tulip mix for next year.

Its feminine qualities are hard to resist, and it will harmonize beautifully with my seasonal pink and pastel sorbet of colors.

DZ also had it mixed in with some red tulips...a beautiful combo for those who prefer their tulips more vibrant and primary. This lovely is quite ambidextrous, you see; also a bit more expensive, but well worth the contribution it makes to a garden. 

 What do you think? Shall I add it to the river of tulips I plant each spring?

 If you are in the Tulsa area, I will be speaking on small garden design tonight, April 28 at 7:00 pm, at the:

  Tulsa chapter of the American Hosta Society, the Hosta Connection,  at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Avenue downstairs in the ballroom. 

Hope you can join us.


  1. These are gorgeous x 100 and I will definitely be planting them! Oh, they are spectacular!!!

  2. Yes, Libby, they are exquisite. A must have for next year!

  3. You have inspired me to add tulips instead of daffodils. I do daffodils because I was lead to believe tulips didnt return each year. Do your tulips return each year or do you replant with new tulips each year? Thanks

  4. Debra, I replant most of them every year. They are in a very prominent place in my front landscape, so waiting for them to turn brown and die back would be difficult. Also, I have found in OK that they don't come back reliably, and if they do, they bloom poorly. I compost them when they are done....and the space they leave when I pull them out leaves room for the other components of the landscape to fill in and and grow. 100 tulips can be bought for around 30-40 dollars......far less then a vase of flowers and they last a lot longer. I adore them! Good luck!


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