Matchmaking

Visiting The Colorblends Spring Garden can be overwhelming. All those tulips! All those blends! Color galore coming at you from all sides. Of course, everyone has their own color preferences, so why not take a minute to explore what makes your personal color wheel spin? Delving into your colorful personality might help you find the perfect blend to fit your style. Something for Everyone From quiet colors through flamboyant blends, The Garden gives the full spectrum. You can make the leap to your home. As you stroll around, think about what appeals to you. No matter where your happy place is color-wise, there will be a blend for you. Also consider where you might want to display tulips. Hint: Find a place that is sheltered from blasting sun and strong winds for the longest performance. You might also want to steer clear of drip lines from buildings. But do consider anchoring your display against some sort of structure, focal point, or accent – even if it’s just a vertical stone that could use highlighting. Speaking Softly If you really want to capture attention—speak softly. If you’re a pastel person, you might want to take a second look at Skyliners. From the moment the striped buds appear onward, this blend is the epitome of elegance. Or make a broader statement. With doubles included, Beaujolais is more expansive—but the colors are delightfully soft with a series of pinks offset by a hushed yellow brushed with blush. A Little Bounce Are you the type of person apt to release balloons for a celebration? You might want to go with a blend that...

Double Vision

When the tulips come rushing in at The Colorblends Spring Garden, the scene is electric. You can feel the energy. Tulip blends are planted in medium-sized blocks. With only a strip by your sidewalk or a block running along your home’s foundation, you can experience the thrill firsthand. At The Garden, there is something for everyone. While strolling through, you will see how the blends stack up—side by side. And you can choose favorites. Whether you prefer tulips that make wonderful slender silhouettes like Skyliners, or a blend that includes big, voluptuous doubles, seeing the blends helps you bring ideas home. Get ready for a Discovery Fest. Double Drama If you’ve never seen double tulips before, get ready for an awakening. We’re talking about frilly blossoms jampacked with petals. Every blossom has a density that’s intense. Within a blend, those double flowers form a froth, fill the space, and create a backdrop for daintier single flowers to strut their stuff. When visitors stop and behold Bouquet Beaucoup at The Garden, the full-bodied yellow and purple doubles in that blend bring the more hushed single white, pink, and purple-etched tulips up a notch. Ditto for the racy Wheels Up blend blooming nearby—its fiery single purple and red tulips sing against plump saucy yellow doubles forming a base just a few inches below. That’s art. And talking about tulips that deliver—although the parrot blend Tukano is not composed of double flowers, the immense flowers in this brew are so big, bold, and impressive, they rival the dimensions of doubles. We’re talking massive. Daffodils Gone Double It’s not only about tulips. Venture...

The Scents of Spring

Your eyes can’t help but be drawn to The Colorblends Spring Garden —the scene is so lush, it literally pulls visitors from the street. If you plug in your sense of smell while visiting, you are going to be thrilled. Want to capture a similar olfactory odyssey at home? Here’s a quick overview from a scent-sational perspective. Follow your Nose to the Grape Hyacinths Right now, the grape hyacinths are stealing the show, and the backyard of The Garden is flooded in blue. It’s soothing to your eyes, for sure. But to really get the full experience, you’ll want to get down on your knees and breathe in. Grape Hyacinth flowers are held on their stem in grape-like clusters, but grape also captures the aroma floating from those tiny flowers that linger long and create lasting memories. Heady Hyacinths When it comes to pouring out perfume, hyacinths lead the rush. At The Garden, hyacinths are scattered in strategic places to send little scent signals into the air mixed together with color pops that are the epitome of spring. And the good news is that hyacinths hit you early—they are one of the first flowers to open their foxtail-like plumes. Daffodil Delights If you never figured in fragrance as one of the perks when planting narcissus, you need to take a nose-guided tour of The Garden. First stop should be Kedron because its uniquely colored apricot yellow and burnished orange flowers send out an unforgettably spicy jonquil aroma that is a crowd pleaser. Also pay a visit to Barrett Browning. This orange-cupped naturalizer is ultra-prolific and the fragrance is absolutely...

Courageous Color

Strong colors are what spring is all about, and The Colorblends Spring Garden is filled with the zing of spring in its full spectrum. The Garden is a flamboyant festival of yellow and orange narcissus Jetfire sprinkled with a confetti of red Amazon tulips. Behind The House, sailor blue Grape Hyacinths have formed a sea of azure waves, flooding the ground in color. Daffodils are still blooming at The Garden, but the earliest tulips are stepping in to expand the sweep. If you looked at tulips and saw only primary hues before, look again. Tulips are stretching their paintbox. Fashionistas, artists, and everyone else: You are going to love the new rainbow. Tulips with a Twist When visitors come to The Garden, they are awed. It’s only natural to see that grand slam of color as one huge smorgasbord, but I suggest you take a closer look. When you really zoom in to focus on individual tulips, you are going to discover details that will spark your inner designer. Some of the earliest species tulips on the scene are planted in a long, raised stone bed near the sidewalk where they can mingle with the slender, dainty narcissus. The last of the multi-flowered  Turkestanica wild tulips are still brandishing their buttery yellow stars in dense clusters, but just blooming now are the ground-hugging Tarda with similar shades of yellow and soft white. Take a moment to look closely and discover the streaked etchings in the flowers. Each one is a study in intricacy. Spinning the Color Wheel Behind the stone wall, beds of tulip favorites are beginning to put...

Spring on Many Levels

Spring is on a staggered schedule. Just check your thermometer and you’ll see the yo-yo in action. Fortunately, most bulbs are designed to take the seesawing in stride. The Colorblends Spring Garden displays how much weather can impact a spring bulb show, with new blooms popping up quickly in warm weather and lingering longer in the cooler air. If you visit The Garden, you’ll see the display changing every week through mid-May. As you walk along the blooms you might also notice—a spring display can be staged in tiers. You would assume that the first daffs to pop up would all be short, right? Wrong! If you play your cards right and plant smart, you can get a dose of daffodils on all levels. I think of the wee Tête-à-Tête as one of the first daffodils out of the starting gate in spring, and sure enough, this little wonder stands only 7-9 inches above the ground. Following close on its heels is Jetfire, which stands just a little taller at 10-12 inches. This bloom couples the a fiery orange cup with yellow petals flung back to emphasize its jet-like propulsion, and lingers for weeks. No wonder Jacqueline van der Kloet selected Jetfire as the star performer weaving throughout The Garden. And she planted plenty for continuity. Amid the Jetfire display, Narcissus Rapture sweeps in at 12-14 inches with its long, oboe-shaped cup and back-swept petals. Rapture does not stand alone, because the taller bright yellow daffodils are already making a strong showing. It will bloom for weeks. Golden Harvest and Marieke rush up to blossom fast and unabashedly yellow, clocking...

This Magic Moment

Every spring is unique. When you plant bulbs, you are beginning a story that will play out differently every hour, every day, and every year from that moment onward. Factors like light, weather, and soil can all impact performance. Since no two springs bring the same conditions, the Colorblends Spring Garden in Bridgeport is totally unique this year. It’s All About Layers Bulbs are a dialogue, and they work well in groups together. Right now, at The Garden, different varieties are talking to each other from across the turf, each adding to the significance of the overall display. And it’s educating visitors about possibilities. Go ahead. Steal some planting ideas that could work in your landscape. Labels in the garden are meant to help you select your favorites, so jot down the name of that daffodil with the open face and butter yellow frill that begins blooming early and keeps on entertaining (Narcissus Cassata, raise your hand). Still on Stage Depending on conditions, crocuses can be long range entertainers rather than just a quick surge. They are still putting on a show at The Garden. Also still scampering around are Striped Squill (Puschkinia) and Glory of the Snow (Chiniodoxa). They’ve pushed their blossoms up together, creating a tapestry of soft blues and whites that feels restful—like a gently flowing river. The gentle blooms spread across the lawn, softening the fervent yellows of daffodils. Hint: pair Blue Squill with a bright yellow daffodil for a rich pairing of complementary colors. Daffodils Beyond Your Wildest Dreams Daffodils are putting on a performance this week. Jetfire is the star, holding the stage...