Tulipa forum: Which perennial to hide tulip foliage when drying

 
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CLUSIANA
Mar 11, 2011 3:50 PM CST
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The tiny Tulipa Neustruevae is alreday hiding under a leaf of cyclamen, the second picture is showing tulip growing through the branches of a Thymus x citriodorus and Tulipa kaufmanniana showinner foliage will be hidden by the one of the Aquilegia growing next to it.
C.
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 12, 2011 8:16 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Catherine, are all the species tulips very tiny? Like the Neustruevae with cyclamen leaf. How tiny that flower must be.
CLUSIANA
Mar 12, 2011 9:10 AM CST
Lynn,
I Think that all the earlier species are quite tiny but of course not all of them, including species, are not tiny. Some are quite tall and somehting very funny is sometimes happening with the tiny ones becoming very tall. I recently spoke with the specialist of tulips which lives in France (Laurent Lieser) and he told me that somebody in Russia reported that some 'tiny' tulips were growing very tall. That happens sometmes when the water table is very high, which is the case in my garden.
C.
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 12, 2011 9:21 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I would like to plant some of the very small species in my sempervivum beds. They are raised beds so should not have a problem with the water table.

What species would you recommend if a person wants the very tiny ones?
CLUSIANA
Mar 12, 2011 9:46 AM CST
Raised beds is a good thing as they will have a good drainage. If you wish very tiny tulips I would recommend the ones already posted which are Tulipa neustruevae, yellow, cute, nice and strong species, Tulipa polychroma, a white, very eye catching and very nice scented species tulip,Tulipa cretica, a very delicate one and all the Kaufmanniana hybrids, tulips being called 'waterlily tulips, which means that they are coming most of the time with a short stem; Then all depends on the sort of combo you are thinking of. In y opinion some of them can be really great with the plants you have. I will post some which are not in bloom yet to give you a better idea.
C.
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 12, 2011 9:52 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Thank you Catherine. I would be interested in the ones with small foliage.
CLUSIANA
Mar 12, 2011 11:22 AM CST
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Tulipa Kaufmanniana 'Heart's Delight' with violets in the middle. This pinkish and white tulip is very nice.
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Tulipa cretica, with Scilla siberica in the middle. Blooming now. Both should be doing a nice combo
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This one is in bloom now but not posted. Tulipa sogdiana and another shoot of the scilla
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Tulipa polychroma, Crocus vernus, Iris Katharine Hodgkin

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and one of my favorite Tulipa neustruevae.

Some ideas for your little ones Lynn. I have some more to show you if you wish. Most are Kaumanniana hybrids as sometimes species are more expensive than hybrids and also may be more difficult to find.
C.

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Imagevalleylynn
Mar 12, 2011 12:38 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I found this link 'White Flower Farm' in CT. It show a mix of species. http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/215522-product.html

And this site has two different varieties of species tulips. http://www.edensblooms.com/product/T1 and http://www.edensblooms.com/product/T13

One more sight that offers several varieties of species type tulips. http://www.southernbulbs.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=12_31
CLUSIANA
Mar 12, 2011 12:40 PM CST
Thank you Lynn. I am going to have a look.
C.
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 12, 2011 1:05 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Let me know what you think of what they have to offer this coming fall.
CLUSIANA
Mar 12, 2011 3:41 PM CST
Lynn as a picture worth a thousand words I put these pictures I will delete afterwards. Here below you will find Tulipa linifolia, Kaufmanniana hybrids, tulipa humilis and hybrid, tulipa little beauty and Tulipa little star. Hope you will have both idea about the foliage and the height.
C.

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C.
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Imagevalleylynn
Mar 12, 2011 4:48 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Catherine, those are beautiful photos. Why would you delete them? It is wonderful seeing how they grow with other plants. Lovey dubby
CLUSIANA
Mar 12, 2011 5:06 PM CST
Lynn I went to your links for tulips and I saw on http://www.southernbulbs.com/LilacWonderTulip/ that they are selling Sternbergia lutea, a very reliable and strong bulbs flowerind in autumn. All the clusiana tulips are very very nice; The lady tulip.They are strong and reliable bloomers also.
The Turkish tapestry is also interesting and I did post some pics above. The only one I did not post is the white and yellow, tulpa tarda.
http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/215522-product.html
and on this site http://www.edensblooms.com/product/T13 you have to read humilis of course instead of humlis...If you want tiny tulips these ones are tiny but may me not as resistant as the hybrids little beauty and little star.
C.
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Imagevalleylynn
Mar 12, 2011 5:30 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Thank you Catherine. : ) Now I know where to go for buying bulbs this fall.
CLUSIANA
Mar 14, 2011 11:57 AM CST
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The foliage of the Paeonia will hide the foliage of Tulipa kaufmanniana when drying out.

C.
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 14, 2011 8:54 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Catherine, I have several peony plants. I never thought of putting bulbs around them. What a wonderful idea. I will have to remember that for planting bulbs this coming fall.
CLUSIANA
Mar 15, 2011 7:50 AM CST
Lynn if you plan to do so please think about the growth of the peony. They are generally slow grower but you have to be careful with the roots if you dig to plant the bulbs. One of the root of the peony is like its heart and if you cut it your peony can die.
C.
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 15, 2011 1:30 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I have not had that problem with the old peonies in my yard Catherine. Again, another plant that is at least 50 years old. I have chopped pieces off the wood like root system and planted them around the yard. Nothing seems to slow them down, every piece I have planted has grown into a lovely mature peony (white, pink and red).

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CLUSIANA
Mar 15, 2011 2:01 PM CST
Beautiful. Congratulations Lynn. Here I had a huge one over a century that died suddently after digging to clean up around. I saw an advanced gardener who told me about this main root very fragile. I was very annoyed of course. I like your red best. It is an officinalis is'nt?
I see that your semper have beautiful companions around.
C.
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 15, 2011 2:43 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I am sorry the photos are not very clear. I will try to get better ones this year when they bloom again. I do believe they are officinalis. Maybe ignorance is bliss on my part. : ) Even tiny little pieces of root grew new plants. We never could get the old root out of the ground, it was like a tree root, very big and like wood. It still sends up new foliage and flowers every spring.

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