The Tulipa tarda or is this the T. turkestanica? is starting to bloom. I hope it doesn't get nipped by the frost. I thought the species tulips were going to be a wonderful addition to our garden but not so. The flowers open early but last only a week or maybe two, not very long vs the 'Angelique' which blooms for a month or more. I guess I should change my mindset and think nice but short bloom time like crocus.
I've searched through catalogs for this small, early blooming red tulip but I can't seem to find it. It was left by the former owner of the house and is about the only thing we haven't gotten rid of. His taste in plants were definitely not ours. But this one was definitely a keeper.