Several people have asked where I bought my tulips for this season.
Third year in a row I purchased from Costco, picked them up
early fall when they first arrived in-store, they go fast!
Again I'm very pleased with them. Pricing was much
lower than ordering from the big bulb catalogs which,
to be fair, I always had great results and gorgeous tulips,
but the prices were so much higher. Here in our zone 7b,
tulips usually only bloom one year due to the hot/humid,
long Summer, any reblooming ones are puny and hardly
noticeable in the garden so I felt like I was throwing my
money away buying costly mail-order bulbs.
I plant all my tulip bulbs in large pots in November,
over-planting with pansies and violas. I keep fingers
crossed that the squirrels won't dig them up for supper!
My daffodils/narcissus go directly into the garden, critters
apparently don't like the taste of those bulbs, so they are able
to grow safely and naturalize, producing more and more clumps
of flowers year after year.
Shirley Double & Double Negrita
Note the pollen on the pansies.