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June 16, 2006



I'm guilty of tulipmania. I hate the ratty leaves, but planted along the very sunny back border of my house, my long-lived Darwin tulips reliably bloom in mid-April every year. They even bloom before my naturalized daffodils and boy, in mid-April, I am SO ready for a flower.

As for plants I hate.... My number one is a blooming smokebush, Cotinus coggygria, YUCK! I love the beautiful foliage and yummy purple color, but cannot stand the blossoms. If I could find a non-flowering variety, I'd be thrilled.


Ali: That's what's so great about gardening - you can plant what you like and leave out the rest. And I agree that it's nice to see that color in the spring - I just make do with daffodils and squill (everything else gets eaten up by the squirrels.

And just to prove the point - I really like smokebush and that feathery, ethereal look that the flowers give it. To each her own!


I agree with you about tulips--they are way over-rated, both in the garden and as a cut flower. There is only one exception for me, and that is parrot tulips. I haven't tried to grow them (yet) but I love the crazy look of them.


Thank for the affirmation, Claire! I don't think there are many gardeners out there who don't like tulips, so it's good to know I'm not alone.

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