My bright orange tulips made it through another winter and have come up with surprising vigor. The clumps are generally large and healthy and so are the flowers. That's something I did not expect, given the fact that tulips generally wither away with age. And that these particular bulbs are planted in poor soil, breathe auto exhaust 24/7 and get an annual top-dressing of salt, sand and road grit.
The city just repainted the traffic lines in time for them to harmonize with the tulips in this island planting and the Poeticus Narcissus, with orange and yellow perinanths, which are planted along the curb — just out of view.
This view shows you that the city has not, however, repainted the borders of the raised island bed itself. Its paint is chipping away in big chunks and strips. And you can also see that I've been rather neglectful of this bed, too. I have not trimmed back the dead sedum flowerheads and I've let the Iris germanica get totally out of hand. It likes this location and would happily take over the entire bed.
The tulip bulbs came from Brent and Becky's Bulbs and Old House Gardens and I've also written more about them (complete with close-ups of each variety and IDs) here. It appears as though I have as many bulbs in bloom this year as last — essentially the same number as I planted — making them continuing traffic stoppers!