The Spring Walk – now there are some tulips

Now that the tulips are starting to flower the Spring Walk is beginning to look the way I imagined when I was planting the bulbs in late October.

I bought some named varieties plus 100 Single Late Mixed; all from Peter Nyssen. If you have checked out their website do take a look, their prices are very reasonable and I’ve found the quality of most of their bulbs to be excellent. Tulips especially are always good quality that flower well. I don’t have any relationship with the company; I just would like to promote a company which has friendly, helpful staff, a large range and prices well below the average.

Looking towards fig tree (West)

Looking towards fig tree (West)

Looking towards Mulberry

Looking towards Mulberry (East)

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Viburnum burkwoodii, Anemone coronaria

Viburnum burkwoodii, Anemone coronaria

I'd like to know the name of this tall yellow tulip

I’d like to know the name of this tall yellow tulip

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This is fun

This is fun

I'd like to know the name of this tall yellow tulip

I’d like to know the name of this tall yellow tulip

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An ID of this would be lovely

An ID of this would be lovely

P1130902Lots more tulips to open, at least the cool weather is extending the season a little.

Looking towards Mulberry

Looking towards Mulberry

I must make sure to cut back the Miscanthus in January or early February next year.

P1130904Euphorbia myrsinites will spead to cover the ground by next spring, hiding the soil and helping to reduce weeds.

Looking towards fig tree (West)

Looking towards fig tree (West)

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These are the bulbs I ordered for this bed: Curly Sue, Ballerina, Sorbet (which I saw at Chelsea), Don Quichotte and Purple Jacket; some of the named varieties were also planted in the Crimson Zone, Large Island and Small Island.
The problem with buying a mixed assortment is that there are some I would like to order more of but am unsure what they are; I would appreciate any Id’s you may know. Thank you.

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29 thoughts on “The Spring Walk – now there are some tulips

  1. Your border is looking very colourful with all your tulips, sorry I can’t help to identify any of them as I don’t buy many with my heavy soil, but I can admire yours!

  2. I like that tall yellow tulip, but am afraid I can’t help with the name. They ones in bud look so lovely too. Good to see a mix of colour at this time of year!

  3. Spectacular spring colour! It will be a long while before we see tulips here…it seems that it will never stop snowing! I don’t have much luck with tulips in my garden – the soil is very heavy clay. I can usually only get them to grow and bloom for one year.

  4. It all looks lovely–wish I could be there! You’re so fortunate to have Tulips, Muscari, and Euphorbia all blooming at the same time. I don’t have many Tulips here because the rabbits have eaten most of them, so I’m not a Tulip expert. I so enjoyed seeing your beautiful display, though. Thanks for sharing! The hardscapes and the pathways are wonderful, too.

  5. I can boast one solitary tulip which somehow the mice have missed. Perhaps the new underground bulb cages will change all that. In the meantime I can just envy yours. The Spring Walk is looking really nice Christina.

  6. Looks beautiful! I think this is the first time I realized your tulip border follows alongside the perovskia parterre, I don’t know why I never noticed that before!
    The tulips look great and as usual I’m envious of the color on those anemones. Although it’s not an early tulip, your yellow might be close to “Hocus Pocus”, it may still develop the red streaks and it’s a variable tulip anyway. I love all the temple of beauty sports, they’re all so tall, go together so well, and have that nice lily like shape…. but then it’s rare that I don’t like a tulip 🙂

    • It DOES have some red streaks so your ID is most likely correct – thank you Frank. This year all the tulips are flowering just when they feel like so it flowering early doesn’t mean much. I should do a plan of the garden to make things clearer. I’ll put it on my list for when the drought is here and there’s nothing much happening.

  7. your spring border is looking beautiful Christina, I love the mixed dots of colour and the anemones and tulips go very well together, neither dominating the other, I also love your nice clear gravel path and is that lavender from the formal garden on the other side? just getting my bearings as I walk around your garden from my sitting room 🙂

    regarding ID of tulips, if you want to buy more from the same nursery and I know you have bought from them in previous years so probably do, would it not be in their interest to ID them for you if you e mail a photo, just a thought, Frances

  8. Christina, I always look forward to seeing what is happening in your garden. The colorful tulips in your Spring Walk are delightful! I also love the euphorbia and the Vibunum burkwoodii! My own Viburnum burkwoodii, located in my woodland garden, is also blooming. Now I wish I had tulips blooming there!

  9. Beautiful selection of tulips, and I love the anemones also. Can’t help with the IDs, but islandthreads’ idea is a good one. I would guess that tulips are much more perennial in your climate, I think they like the dry summers.

  10. I’m intrigued by these beautiful, elegant red tulips next to E. myrsinites – what are they? Do you know? It’s not Ballerina, is it? I love red tulips and planted lots of species tulips. A friend send me seeds of T. sprengeri so that will be exciting.

  11. Beautiful tulips as always Christina. I hope that the suppliers can ID your tall yellow tulip; it is a lovely colour and shape. My T. sylvestris are in bud now, always a pleasure, and I am looking forward to our hybrids emerging in the coming month!

  12. Yes, really coming together – and something new opening every day now I expect. Yes there is a definite disadvantage to having mixed collections, isn’t there – I do like to know the names but I suppose you might be able to match some of them up with named ones in PN’s catalogue.

  13. I have been planting species tulips on the theory that they are more likely to naturalize. I have to put metal screening down to deter gophers, so it is a fairly big project. I do love the tall ones, so maybe I will try a few of those in future. Yours look wonderful!

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