A salute to species



My bloom day post can be found here. But since much of the pleasure of this time of the year for me is derived from tulips, and, particularly, species tulips, I offer a group of them above. Three of these are still in bloom. Top: clusiana “Cynthia,” tarda, humulis “Persian Pearl.” Bottom: acuminata, turkistanica, batalini “Bronze Charm.”

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. Beautiful and unusual, plus I admire your restraint. Everything currently flowering in my yard has blooms as big as a baby’s head.

  2. Love the species tulips, keep adding more every year, and also the species iris – exquisite. Both I think are rather neglected in spring gardens.

  3. I’ve been a species tulip addict for years, starting with Persian Pearl. I’ve added some along the wisteria arbor in the historic garden and delight in pointing them out to visitors.

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