After my slightly negative blog last weekend, here are my tulips from last May reminding me that it is always worth the effort. I’m awaiting the autumn catalogues any minute now and will be planning on what tulips to get for next year!
First here is an overall pic of the front
and here is the back.
Both have tulips in the borders and in pots.
Now for 6 of the many that have survived wind, rain and hailstones.
This is a tiny species tulip, meaning an old type growing naturally in the wild. They are small and spindly but beautiful and should increase over the years if left in the ground.
This is a parrot tulip. I had several varieties and am not sure which one is which. They’re huge, exotic and feel rubbery. Best grown in a pot.
If I plant 10 in a pot I can cut 2 for a vase and still have a pot of 8.
Tulips don’t reliably flower again next year so I treat them as an annual display and pull them out when they’re over. I give healthy bulbs to other people and bin the mushy ones.
You can buy relatively cheaply from wholesalers such as Peter Nyssen, Gee Tee Bulbs, and JParkers. More expensive are Sarah Raven, Bloms and Avon bulbs among others.
Orange Princess flowers are like peonies and look fabulous in a vase.
Lastly here is the incredibly popular lily flowered tulip Ballerina. These have kept going better than most others in the garden. They shine in the sun and they smell of orange sherbet. They are popular for a very good reason and are cheap to buy in bulk.
I recommend buying mail order as the best way to choose and buy. See my previous post here