The first year they come up in their groups. Then in the second and later years, I just get a few single tulips scattered here and there. I must pay attention the next time someone writes about which tulip varieties reliably come back each year in the midwest.
Until then, I have a lot of single, lonely tulps scattered here and there in the garden.
This pink one has a lot of foliage around it, but no other tulips nearby.
I think this yellow tulip is afraid of those hardy cactus back behind it. I’m sure it just wants to bloom and then get out of there. Those cactus can be kind of scary. I need to remove some of them because they are threatening some other nearby plants, too. This tulip is standing tall, but standing all alone, too. As with all my tulips, I don’t know its official name. I’ll call it “Lonely Pink Blush”, if anyone asks for a name.
And here’s a final single, lone tulip. This one has a Korean Spice Viburnum (Virburnum carlesii) nearby getting ready to bloom, keeping it from being too lonely.
These pictures were all taken “pre-freeze”, except for the picture of the group of tulips, which I took Friday afternoon, after they had been exposed to two nights of below freezing temperatures. Post freeze, the tulips are hanging in there, putting up a good fight!