April 19, 2010
I was quite pleased to see the first of the tulips in bloom. Last year it took a bit of effort to identify Tulipa tarda pictured. The Tulipa tarda are thriving and spreading (naturalizing). These pretty little tulips were hiding in with the lilies so at first appeared to be a lily. What I did find out is the former owner planted these tulips amongst the lilies to protect them from the rabbits. From experience wild rabbits like snacking on tulips but they don't like lilies so will leave anything planted along with the lilies alone. So lilies are good companion plants to spring bulbs.