Dallas Arboretum does a bang up job of seasonal flower displays. It may not be Holland, but the tulips were spectacular.
In a large open field-like area, there were many beds with different color combinations. Other types of bulbs mixed in added more colors and textures. Clusters of Delft Blue Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) filled some spaces.
These small flowers made me realize that I don’t know the difference between violas and pansies. So I did a little research. They have a similar look and are both in the viola family. Both are cold hardy, but neither do well in warmer weather.
Pansies have larger blooms but fewer ones and take a longer time to spread. Pansies are the favorite of buyers because the blotch faces on the flowers are familiar.
Violas have more blooms, perform better, fill in faster, and look better earlier than pansies.
The small orangish flowers are Nature Orange Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana).
To plant tulips in Texas is a monumental task. First, they have to be chilled for a certain length of time. Then, planted at just the right time. And to plant multiple large swaths of colors together and with other plants that compliment each other blows my mind. Sure, the Arboretum has a large staff to do that and many volunteers. But still, kudos to the master mind behind it and to the workers who did the labor.
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