The crocuses came and went, but they looked great while they were here.
The ones in the beds by the house came back in full force, so the slugs must have been pretty mild. Plus, I planted some around our rose bushes and our little maple tree, and they came up too.
Now, we're in full-fledged tulip season, although it looks like it might be over early this year for some reason. I usually think of Mayday as the best date for my late tulips, but they're gigantic now, and starting to open up.
My yard is great for tulips, and probably looks its best this time of year. There's some red and orange ones that have been coming back every year since my husband's family moved out over 10 years ago (he grew up in this house), withno human assistance. Most tulips that I plant will come back for at least a few years after I plant them. To the orange, I added some Queen of the Night (dark, dark, shiny purple). They looked good, but it had this orange and black effect that's a little too close to our local University's team colors, so it seemed a bit corny.
This year, I tried to fill in a bit with some red and yellow, so it looks more like a rainbow. I'm a sucker for those tulips that look blue on the package, but I'm always disappointed (will I ever learn?). So, there were also some light purple ones that I guess were supposed to be blue. At least I have some bluebells, I guess.
As the tulips are winding down, I wonder if this is the year when I get my act together and buy my annuals in the spring, rather than on discount in August. I've already put out some fuschia and some geraniums, and my daughter is pretty intent on planting some marigolds now any day. It's already time! I can hardly believe it.
Thanks for allowing me to share our little slice of Oregon spring. It's definitely one of my favorite times of year. I may put some pictures of the tulips up if there's any sun when I get home from work.