The garden is starting to look colourful as more tulips open their blooms. I posted about ‘Calimero’ the other day and was a bit dismissive but even though the flowers are not as double as expected because of the small size of the bulbs their poor display was really my fault because I had planted them with yellow violas. But others, here planted in a pot with blue forget-me-nots and euphorbia ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ are much more successful.
‘Peach Blossom’ is one of the most common Double Early tulips and I must admit that I tend to ignore it just for that reason. What a fool I am. I planted a couple of pots last autumn and I am realising the error of my previous ways right now.
On the other hand I love all lily-flowered tulips and the orange ‘Ballerina’ is my favourite. It is a good doer and I love the colour and the scent of this elegant but bright flower. Only just opening in this bed edged with blue pansies, it is almost fully open in a pot in a sunny spot.
In another bed some left-over tulips from last year have reprised their performance. Red and white may not be subtle but it is dramatic.