The Tulips are the best ever this year. I am sure this is due to the long cold (but not very cold winter) we have had. Tulips need 13 – 15 weeks of cold followed by the soil warming to flower well. I think newly purchased tulips have had some cold treatment already as new tulips usually flower quite well; although they are often over very quickly. This year some that were planted in Autumn 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 are all flowering; I didn’t purchase any in 2011.
Many that are several years old have even multiplied and I can see that one original bulb is producing up to 4 stems of flowers.
Given that tulips are one of my favourite flowers I am walking around with a very happy smile playing around my lips as I enjoy the show!
So no more words, or even names for this post – just an orgy of tulips glowing in the spring light (day and at sunset).
There are others lovelies in the garden too, Clematis armandii is full of deliciously scented flowers, making the pergola look as if it is covered in snow.
Viburnum burkwoodii has grown to be taller than the Photinia hedge and is filling that corner of the garden with such a wonderful perfume I wish I could bottle it.
As guess what? I can’t resist showing you that Anemone Sylphide is still flowering!
What tulips grow well for you; and which reliably flower in successive years?