Monday, May 18, 2009

Close-Ups From My Yard

Last Fall I planted 425 bulbs (mostly tulips) and I was so happy with the result this spring. I am also very happy to have a new camera with which to show them off! I played around with the settings and took half these pictures on a breezy day before I discovered the macro feature, and they still turned out great. Some of them I didn't have to crop; the camera lets me get that close. There are some lilacs and an allysum thrown in too. I like the photo of the dying tulips in the bed. I think they look more delicate when their petals start to curl. In the middle of the slideshow is a tulip that must have cross-bred with something last year. I planted that bed three years ago and have never seen a flower like it. The petals are part leaf (you can see the green), and they are very frilly. They're unlike any single bulb I planted. I also like the last tulip, which is dying and its petal fell straight down. I hope you enjoy these as much as I have.

8 comments:

Sylwia Lipinska Hardman said...

where did you buy 425 bulbs? and for how much?

Native American Momma said...

what beautiful flowers, my daughter wouldn't make it any further she would just be enthralled forever...well until naptime.

mindy said...

ooh so nice!!

Mary said...

I got the bulbs at www.colorblends.com, which sells bulbs wholesale in bulk. Most bulbs are bought in quantities of 50, 100, or more. I paid $141 for my order, and that included shipping.

Glad you enjoyed the pics!

Charlotte said...

Wow, that looks great! Almost worth another trip out West just to see. Or maybe I should fly you out here to plant my garden? Because you know my feelings on the matter...

Mary said...

Charlotte, if that's what you want, of course I'll oblige. ;o)

I have so many projects I want to do for my yard, and so little time to do them. I've thought about telling everyone I'm on vacation so I can get it all done, but I don't think anyone would honor that request if they saw me working in the yard. Maybe if I put up a sign saying I'm not really available. Hmmm... Is it sick that doing yard week for three or four days would be on my list of dream vacations?

Debra said...

Those are really, pretty Mary! I see you diligently working in that yard. I'm glad to see you reaping the rewards.

Our family said...

I just discovered the same weird green tulips in my yard. I think they must have come from that bag of bulbs mom gave us. And yes, it's sick to think of yard work as a vacation