I planted some more spring-flowering bulbs two years ago. These photos were taken on May 5th; the flowers have finished blooming now, except for the grape hyacinths. The bulbs were all purchased from Van Engelen (see Resources).
First up are some daffodils, Narcissus ‘Professor Einstein’.
daffodil (Narcissus ‘Professor Einstein’)
I planted some ‘Persian pearl’ tulips on a hillside many years ago. Those are species tulips and as such are expected to naturalize and increase, but in my yard they have diminished each year. You can see them in my post Spring Flowers. I decided to supplement them with a different species tulip, Tulipa clusiana var. Chrysantha, that is supposed to naturalize well.
Tulipa clusiana var. Chrysantha on the hillside
These flowers are yellow on the inside and reddish on the outside of the petals.
Tulipa clusiana var. Chrysantha closeup
A few of the tulips that I planted all the way back in 2001 still bloom every year. This is one of them.
I also planted some grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum) that have grown very well and may have increased in number already. Last year, after blooming, the foliage died back in the same way as other spring-flowering bulbs; but to my surprise, they started growing again in the fall and kept that foliage all through the winter.
According to the Van Engelen website, this is considered to be the original blue-flowered grape hyacinth and it originated in Turkey around 1878.
grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) with pollinator
Here, you can see the grape hyacinth with one of the little pollinators that were busy visiting these flowers. I think this is a fly, as I can only see a single pair of wings, but I’m not sure.