The hyacinths that were blooming two weeks ago are finished, but some other flowers are having their turn. There are several azalea shrubs around my house that were planted by the previous owner, but the purple-flowered azaleas are the first to bloom. They are almost finished now.
These azaleas attract bumblebees, although I wasn’t able to photograph any on the flowers because they were moving too fast for me. Other varieties of azaleas don’t attract many bees; I suspect that the purple ones are native to the eastern USA and the others are not.
Species tulips are supposed to be good for “naturalizing,” i.e. growing and multiplying so that they come back year after year. These Persian pearl tulips that I planted in the back yard, however, haven’t done so well for me. I planted 100 bulbs about four years ago, but this year I only counted 28 flowers.
The sun and heat are making the flowers fade a bit.
On the other hand, the dasystemon tulips that I planted in the front yard fall 2009, also a species tulip, are doing well. They are interplanted with pewter veil heuchera.
The more typical tulips aren’t expected to continue blooming for many years, but a few that I planted over a decade ago are still coming back year after year. This bright red tulip is near the far purple azalea in the first picture.
This group faithfully come back every year and may even have increased in number.
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