Before the Nor'easter!
The Tulipa Turkestanica is finally almost in full bloom. The cold weather has given us a unexpected bonus in extended bloom time. You can see the multiple flowers on each stem. It was warm enough today Saturday that some honeybees were visiting the flower and unbeknownst to me an ant was on the tulip too. I am liking this tulip more and more and will probably buy some again to place in other locations.
The cut ends of some of the tulip leaves are from deer browsing on them. I sprayed a solution of about a tablespoon of "Dave's insanity habanero sauce", just the fumes of which makes my eyes tear, mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of detergent in a quart of water after I saw what the deer had done and voila, no more grazing. I would have loved to have seen the expression on the deer's face after chomping into the sprayed tulip.
I think this is a Uvularia (bellwort) but I don't quite remember. Wort is an old English word meaning plant or herb. This was a disappointing buy as the flowers are small and almost inconspicuous because of the brown color. The flower is also down-pointing making it difficult to see the interesting yellow interior.
P.S. Once again I have mis-identified a plant. Thanks to Xris for the information that this plant is probably a Fritillaria. Now which one is the question? Most likely it's the Fritillaria pinardii. Or it could be a Fritillaria michailovsky. Or least likely a Fritillaria elwesii but probably not. Your guess is as good as mine.
PPS. It is the F. assyriaca Syn. F. canaliculata, F. uva-vulpis. I looked it up in one of the old catalogs we purchased bulbs from. I remember uva-vulpis but I was trying to find it as uvu-vulpis and couldn't come up with anything.
I believe this is another Chiodoxana but blue instead of the pink I previously posted. The flower is almost as big as the pink giant but on shorter stalks and smaller plants.
P.S. This is the C. forbesii.
And one more picture of the little red tulip I love before the storm probably ruins it.