Happy Easter. Yesterday the sun came out in the late afternoon and the tulips celebrated by throwing open their petals. In the raised beds some of the species were looking their best. I planted several kinds of the lady tulip (Tulipa clusiana) and the earliest of these are in bloom. I have grown this many times and found it to be a good perennial. But like all tulips, it prefers good drainage and a summer baking so I am hoping that these beds will prove to be to its liking.
This species is from Iran, eastwards, though it has naturalised in the Mediterranean region and is generally considered relatively easy to grow. It is slender, with narrow foliage that is curled and greyish and does not dominate the slender flowers on their slim stalks. Typically the flowers are white with a red reverse to the outer three tepals that make them attractive whether the flowers are closed, partly open or fully open. Like many tulips, the flowers look very different at various stages of maturity. This one is ‘Stellata’ which is white and has long petals and when it is warm they open completely flat. The black anthers are very distinctive when the blooms are open.
Tulipa clusiana var chrsantha ‘Tubergens’ is a variation with yellow flowers. They seem to be slightly smaller but they are a bit later so it is difficult to be precise.
I have added a few choice muscari to these beds. I know that grape hyacinths are hated by many gardeners but that is solely because M. armeniacum is such a weed, seedling prolifically. Most are well behaved and useful. There is a double form of M. armeniacum which is more showy than the species and has a broad head of scruffy flowers that are mutated into irregular clusters of petals and is sterile. ‘Fantasy Creation’ is also double and has long-lasting heads of green and blue petals. It is curious and looks a bit like blue broccoli – I am still not sure about it.
Tulipa tarda is a common species tulip with low blooms of yellow, edged with white. It is a central Asian species and usually adapts well to gardens.
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