Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: small tulips to integrate with grape hyacinth

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Name: David Tillyer
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BigAppleRoseGuy
Apr 30, 2018 9:01 AM CST
Hi folks.
I put quite a few mascari, grape hyacinths along the edges of my garden last fall and they look really good. I thought that it would be good to integrate some small pink tulip bulbs along the same line.
Does anyone have a suggestion for a reliable diminutive pink tulip for that purpose? Most tulips seem to be in the 12-14 inch range and that would not suit.
David
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Apr 30, 2018 9:24 AM CST
Maybe some species tulips

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 30, 2018 9:48 AM CST
Pink Tarda tulips - https://www.google.com/search?...:
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 1, 2018 7:48 AM CST
The tulips I suggested would be the right color and height but I'm not sure of the bloom time and if it would work with muscari. As the name implies, they may be a week or two later or you may get lucky.
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
May 24, 2018 5:17 PM CST
I've planted 'Pinocchio' and 'Little Red Riding Hood' with grape hyacinths... trying to remember if T. humilis Little Beauty bloomed at the same time... I think it was close but not quite, but uncertain because I've had them in different beds.
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Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Dec 5, 2018 10:42 PM CST
What (if anything) did you add to your muscari, David?

Thinking just now that the distasteful muscari might help keep voles away from the tulips...
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Name: David Tillyer
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BigAppleRoseGuy
Dec 8, 2018 9:28 AM CST
Hi Jill
Stunned into inaction by stultifying indecision, I did nothing. The grape hyacinths will have to go it alone this coming spring. Good luck with the voles.
David
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Dec 8, 2018 11:33 AM CST
Many nurseries offer tulips growing in pots in spring so you could time your visit to a nursery to coincide with when the muscari are in bloom and hope they keep the same schedule in following years.
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Dec 8, 2018 9:47 PM CST
In my experience, first year bloom schedules are often "off" a bit, not more than a week or two, but enough to disrupt a careful plan. The following year, however, all the spring bloomers should have settled into the pattern for your particular climate.

I put T 'Pinocchio' with Muscari 'Dark Eyes' along steps leading up from the sidewalk at my in-laws' old home. Mom got a lot of admiring comments as well as requests for ID from other gardeners. She was very pleased!
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.

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