As the beautiful tulips are coming into their own this week I thought I would have a tulip special for Six on Saturday.
Tulip Ballerina grows in the front garden and is very slowly naturalising. I planted the bulbs some years back now and each year they appear although I’m not convinced they are multiplying that quickly more a case of coming back year on year and they do seem to have longer stems now. Today with the sun shining they look quite magical.
Another front garden tulip this year is Tulip Blue Diamond which was in a collection pack from Peter Nyssen. This year is the first year for a few years where I have made a conscious effort to add tulips to the borders. I used to grow quite a few but the year we had the really hard winter I discovered that the “cute” badger who had decided to visit our garden looking for food had a weakness for tulips and all my bulbs were eaten. As we haven’t seen the badgers for a few years now I decided to have another go and the effort is certainly rewarding me.
Tulip White Parrot seems to be a later tulip. Here it is growing amongst some Camassias which will be flowering in the next week or so. You will see in due course that I have quite a swathe of Camassias in the middle of my garden which have increased year on year to the point where I seriously need to think about dividing them but I will save that until next week.
Another rogue tulip – I think it is meant to be Tulip Elegant Lady which is a pale pink. This flower reminds me of someone not mixing the paint properly. I think it has a rather distinctive charm about it.
Tulip Princess Irene is another tulip which comes back year on year. I think it is one of the nicest oranges and works well with so many other flowers especially reds and burgundies
Tulip Chinatown has been delighting me for weeks even though it hasn’t flowered yet. I love its glaucous variegated foliage. The tulip will be pink so it should be quite wonderful.
I will definitely be planting more tulips next year and looking forward to seeing which ones come back up from this year.
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