Does a plant exist any less if the gardener doesn’t remember buying it or planting it, and can not even name it other than to say, “Pretty orange tulips and those look like daffodils with no trumpets”.
I found two of my bulb receipts from last fall, and I did not find anything on them that resembled these two flowers. But clearly, they do exist, oddly planted on the edge of a new flower bed not yet planted with anything else.
No doubt I choose that spot last fall because I could dig there without a pick axe. Oddly enough, there is no pick axe in my garden shed of tools, which number well over — anyway, I don’t have a pick axe.
My best guess, based on searching through the catalog of the third company for which I am missing the receipt is that the orange double flowering tulips are an heirloom variety, ‘William Van Oranje‘. I have no idea on the narcissus like bloom without a trumpet, other than to note that it has a quiet beauty to it. (Get it – no trumpet, quiet beauty?)
I would plant more of those next fall, if I just knew what they were.
(Update, I found some old packaging and confirmed that the tulip is ‘William Van Oranje’. I’m still trying to identify the other flower.)
(Update, I came home today and skies were overcast. There for me to see was the mystery yellow flower. It is no quiet daff! It is a tulip!
Tulipa sylvestris, to be exact. I purchased it from Old House Gardens, planted it, forgot it, but fortunately kept the package. And right there on the package it says “this charming wildflower has small yellow, almond shaped flowers that nod in bud and then open wide in the sun.”
In my defense, here’s how it looks in full sun.
But my defense is pretty weak because you can see a bud behind the flower that clearly looks like a tulip bud.
But the foliage is narrow so that threw me off.
But I was in a hurry, so I didn’t look at it closely.
But isn’t it pretty?
OHG continues their description of T. sylvestris: “Gerard pictured it in his great Herbal of 1597, Jefferson grew it at Monticello, and you’ll find it naturalized today at the Rochester, N.Y. estate of Victorian nurseryman George Ellwanger as well as through out Pennsylvania Dutch country.”
want to will get more of these tulips next fall, if I am judged worthy enough after forgetting I planted it, mis-labeling it as a daffodil and questioning its very existence.)