If you're a tulip nut...

aachenelf z5 MplsApril 24, 2014

You've got to check this out. (see link)

Rare tulips going back to the 1700's with prices like $19 per bulb. I think I could actually see myself buying some of these at some point and I'm not even a tulip person.

Kevin

Here is a link that might be useful: Tulips

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don_in_colorado

Hey, thanks for posting this link. These are great.

Don B.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 10:21PM
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SunnyBorders(5A)

Not a nut, but very interesting.

Thanks, Kevin.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 10:24AM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

It amazes me that you can grow something in your garden that has been nurtured along by gardeners for longer than our country has been in existence. $16 seems cheap for a 400 year old antique!
Here's a link to the hortus bulborum, a Dutch living museum for many other old and not so old tulip varieties, all lined out and growing to be enjoyed like they should be. There's a nice online photo library too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Living museum for tulips

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 11:04AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i enjoyed the book at the link ...

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 11:34AM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

Those are good links. Thanks. I good get lost looking at some of those photos. Talk about gorgeous and in many cases so, so different from what we see available now. I love the brownish colored ones!

Kato - You're correct. The price does seem almost cheap when you think of what you're getting and the history. I have to do some more reading about these, but I'm already suspecting a lot of these tulips might be way more "perennial" than were used to buying. Perhaps they even multiply?

Still, my biggest fear are those %^$& blasted squirrels we have around here. I don't worry about them digging up bulbs, but very often they go on a tulip rampage when they bloom - chewing off all the flowers just as they begin to open. It would be a bummer to invest in some of these and never see them bloom. I guess there's always cages of chicken wire around each one, but that doesn't seem like it would be all that attractive.

Kevin

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 12:01PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Most of my tulips are grown in my fenced in vegetable garden because of the bud nibblers. Using Liquid Fence does help those few which have survived in the open flower beds. There are a few growing next to the house foundation on the east side which never have any damage and don't get sprayed. Those were planted by the previous owner almost twenty years ago. Perhaps they have lasted because the soil remains quite dry as it is under the soffits.

I grew Black Parrot which disappeared after a couple of years. Didn't replace it.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 9:00PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Sorry, duplicate.

This post was edited by mnwsgal on Fri, Apr 25, 14 at 21:04

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 9:01PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

Not a tulip nut, though I do like them. Pity blooms are so short-lived. Enjoyed the link -- it was interesting to see how old some of the lines are.

Kevin, if squirrels are an issue, I have bad news for you ... there's a new, tougher breed "in town" ...................

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 12:01PM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

Paul - Great news! I think ours aren't far behind those.

Kevin

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 1:38PM
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terrene(5b MA)

It seems all the critters like Tulips - squirrels, deer, chipmunks, voles. I don't care for Tulips all that much, but there are a few pretty ones that the previous owner put in that have survived the shade, Vinca, voles, etc.

If you like tulips there's a few nice photos from Keukenhof in the Netherlands on these 2 threads (on the New England gardening forum).

Where is Spring?

As requested by thyme2dig - more Keukenhof photos

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 1:42PM
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