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Two summers ago, Joy of Canadian Garden Joy started a weekly meme for gardeners to highlight one plant from their beds each week.  Joy needed to drop it after a bit, but I thought then, and still think, it’s a good idea.  Therefore, I propose to bring it back.  If anyone wants to join in, that would be great!  Just leave a comment here with a link to your own post.

This week I highlight two tulips.  The first is ‘Sunset Miami’.  Even tightly budded the first week of May,  this tulip showed colorful promise:DSC_4198

When it opened a few days later, it was easy to see how it came by its name.  Just look at these gorgeous colors!DSC_4326

‘Sunset Miami’ opened around May 10 in my Zone 5a garden.  It bloomed nicely for about ten days before fading and dropping its petals.  Its height averaged nineteen inches, and its blossoms were of medium size, between two and three inches at their peak.

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It’s a fringed tulip, featuring a delicate lacy edge:DSC_4339

‘Sunset Miami’s’ brilliant colors slowly fade as it ages:DSC_4570

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Near the end of its bloom cycle, its color is reminiscent of driftwood on the beach:DSC_4684

 

As the sun set on ‘Sunset Miami’ (sorry, I just couldn’t resist!), Tulipa ‘Golden Artist’ came into its own:DSC_4557

‘Golden Artist’ is a green tulip, featuring streaks of pale green through its petals.  It began blooming in mid-May here in northeastern Pennsylvania.  As it opened, it blushed prettily pink:DSC_4693

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This late-bloomer is a relatively short tulip, about fourteen inches, and its lily-shaped blossoms are large in proportion, about four inches tall.DSC_4348 (2)

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‘Golden Artist’ has bloomed for nearly two weeks in my garden, and is at the end of its bloom cycle just now, on May 26.  I suspect the mid-eighty degree temperatures we’re expecting over the next few days will be its complete undoing!  Its bright golden yellow fades to a more buttery shade as it ages, but its decline is not as dramatic as ‘Sunset Miami’s’.DSC_4707

‘Golden Artist’ is a sport of ‘Artist’, described by Scheepers as a “suffuse spectrum of salmon-rose and purple with green markings.”  I think a combination of the two would make a stunning late-season display!

 

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