My yard is in full bloom right now. Through the years various types of bulbs have naturalized. The pickier, more needy ones have died out. A landscape by Darwin sort of effect. I have two types of tulips that have thrived on my neglect: red Apeldoorn (I had some yellow ones but, for some reason, they all died out), and these species tulips.
This time of year it doesn’t seem fair: the bright, red Apeldoorns grab your attention. Less flamboyant than their more outgoing cousins these species tulips have a delicate beauty that deserves a second glance.