Easter tulips

There are still lots of daffodils open in the garden but I am afraid the tulips are attracting all my attention at the moment. I feel a bit guilty, but most of them are in pots and were newly planted last autumn so they are exciting because of their novelty factor. But, to start on a more sober note, this is a pot that I have shown before. It was planted with crocus and daffodils but the lower layer was planted with tulip ‘Spryng Break’. I grew this last year and kept the bulbs for replanting and now they are in full bloom. The odd thing is that they look rather different to how I remember them last year. But, as you can see, this layered planting ensures colour from one pot for many months.

And another I have shown before ‘Red Dress’ which is a coronet tulip. The strangely shaped flowers are not huge but I think I like them and, as promised, they have lasted really well.

While I am not quite sure about ‘Red Dress’ I am 100% sure about lily-flowered tulips and I love them. Orange ‘Ballerina’ is my favourite but I tried ‘Purple Dream’ this year. The flowers are large and showy with a yellow and white base.

I put them in the centre of a pot with ‘Pretty Princess’ around the edge. It is not hugely successful because the latter is so much shorter. But tulips grow as they age and she may put on a growth spurt.

‘Pretty Princess’ is a sport of ‘Princess Irene’ which has now produced a huge family of mutations. All are outstanding and I will certainly take care to carefully keep the bulbs of this when the pots are emptied later.

Happy Easter

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2 Comments on “Easter tulips”

  1. Paddy Tobin
    April 17, 2022 at 8:56 am #

    Tulips make a great contribution to colour in the garden but it a pity that most don’t last from one year to the next.

    • thebikinggardener
      April 17, 2022 at 9:00 am #

      I agree but I have found that, as long as they are fed and allowed to die back naturally, most do make bulbs that are of flowering size to use the next year. Some have surprised me by surviving my awful soil. They cannot be relied on to increase and be as perennial as daffodils but they are worth the extra effort. Even if I have to keep them as plants for pots they will have their place.

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