My new garden is not the best place for tulips at the moment. I have been planting trees and shrubs and have had to forego the niceties of the garden. Tulips are often not very long-lasting in the garden and are low-calorie, guilt-free treats and the garden is not ready for those yet. But, among the daffs planted last autumn, which are long-term additions, I did allow myself one tulip which I planted in two pots by the front door. Ten bulbs went in each, along with three heucheras: ‘Ginger Ale’.
The tulip is ‘Purissima Blonde’ which is a recent, variegated sport of ‘Purissima’, sometimes called ‘White Emperor’ a pure white Fosteriana tulip. Fosterianas are known for their huge flowers, rather oblong in bud, that open into large, rounded stars when the sun touches them. ‘Purissima Blonde’ has the usual flowers but the otherwise rather grey leaves are deliciously striped in butter yellow, with a hint of bronze. The heucheras are a bit tardy in coming into new leaf so that clever colour association may be lost but, even worse, we have not yet painted the house the sage green that is still in cans in the shed so the ivory white flowers are not making much of a contrast with the house wall. Subtle doesn’t come near truth!
I like the leaves though.