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Dreaming of Tulips in New York

Looking forward to spring

pink fringed tulip blossom

Today we’re visiting with Lee, who gardens in central New York State. We’ve visited Lee’s garden before (Early Spring Blooms from the Mohawk Valley).

Greetings from the Mohawk Valley. We’re in our winter lull, as most of us are in the top half of the country. It has been a mellow winter thus far, and I’m looking for that to continue, though one storm can change the entire ballgame. Here are some pics of beautiful tulips I put together—nothing really special but lots of color.

I wish everyone an early transition into spring so we all can get going.

close up of bright red tulipThe color of this classic, brilliant red tulip and the distinctive blotch at the center of the bloom are thought to have developed to promote pollination by beetles around the Mediterranean where wild tulips are native.

close up of white tulip covered in water dropletsAs wonderful as brightly colored, bold tulips are, the soft tones have their own subtler attraction. This white tulip with dew on it is an elegant beauty.

double-flowered bright yellow tulip with red stripesDouble-flowered tulips boast extra layers of petals that totally change the look of the flower. This one also adds dramatic flames of red to the bright yellow petals. Just what you need after a long winter!

close up of bright pink tulip with white centerNot fully double, a few extra petals add interest to this lovely pink tulip.

white tulip with pink stripesThis double is so full it almost doesn’t look like a tulip anymore. No wonder such flowers are sometimes called peony-flowered tulips.

two different types of red and yellow tulipsHere are two different red-and-yellow tulips. The ones in the back are called fringed tulips because each petal edge is lined with a delicate fringe. The intricacies of these blooms beg to be looked at up close, so site them near the edge of a path or cut some to enjoy in a vase.

pink fringed tulip blossomFringed AND double, this pink variety is a frothy spring confection.

deep purple Black Parrot tulipParrot tulips have unusual petals that look a little shredded rather than fringed and often twist into unusual shapes, sometimes marked with splashes of green. This one looks like the classic variety ‘Black Parrot’.

What blooms are you most looking forward to seeing this spring?


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  1. nwphilagardener 02/26/2024

    Thanks for sharing the special tulips in your garden. It helps me anticipate the tulips that will come the the community garden I help tend: Dordogne, Caravelle Design, Chinatown, Green Star, Eastern Star (T. humilis, a small species variety), plus a new variety called 'Slawa'. We had 'Minton' but its numbers have been diminishing each year in our Philadelphia climate.

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    simplesue 02/26/2024

    Great Tulip photos, your fringed varieties are so unique and beautiful!

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