First tulip, just about to open.
Put into fridge on 4th September. Planted into a pot and placed in my frost free greenhouse on 4th December meaning it had 91 days at below 8°C. So 50 days from planting to first flower.
This is the only bulb of the 12 which is flowering; some in the same pot are only just pushing through the soil. I don’t know why this is. It will be interesting to see how this compares with other varieties.
It is a good name for as I have been daydreaming about my tulips flowering for at least a month!
I’ll share it with you when it opens.
This is so exciting…..
It really is!
Christina thank you for publishing your first Tulip about to open: it is beautiful and it makes me happy because it makes me dream of Spring and my tulips blooming on the green of the grass. Your Tulip “Daydream” is a marvelous dream. Greetings from Margarita.
It is a beautiful preview of what is to come. Amelia
The first are always the best! I have put some in pots outdoors this year and wonder when I will see the first shoots. Not for some time I fear!
I can dream, can’t I?
Indeed you can!
Tulips are so beautiful they make my heart sing! It’s been a long time since I’ve tried growing them. Our erratic weather, particularly those nasty Santa Ana winds, usually wither them in place just as they’re coming into bloom. The last couple of years, the local garden centers have been offering pre-sprouted plants in 6-packs and I may have to buy myself some of those just to get a short-term tulip fix. However, the plants grown like that are never the luscious varieties I see in blog posts or catalogs.
As you know I love tulips and would it if I couldn’t grow them, so perhaps a move to LA isn’t the right move for me! I hope you find some good varieties of pre chilled ones this year Kris.
The tulip seems so expressive and happy.
It certainly makes me happy 😃
Congratulations on the first tulip of spring – it’s a lovely colour!
The label said orange! It looks very yellow to me, I must check the variety.
Well done Christina! Made me look up Daydream and it seems to be orange at the petal tips, so I am sure that is to come. I bought a bunch from Waitrose this week, so you are up there with the big suppliers!
I just looked up ‘Daydream’ too. Peter Nyssen (where I usually buy my bulbs) shows it as yellow fading to apricot, but other sires showed it being much more orange, it will be interesting to see what colours the others from the same pack turn out to be. It might explain the different growth rate if it is indeed something else. This year I bought from a local DIY store so that I could have them earlier to chill.
At last your first lovely tulip. Amazing having it in January.
It’s all about the length of chill time Liz. I expect all the tulips in the garden to be early this year due to the low temperatures in November and December.
Usually my tulips in the garden flower at about the same time or even slightly later than in the UK. This is because there cold weather begins in autumn. The spring warmth here speeds up the final growth but they need 12 weeks of btw 8 to 10 degrees
I Googled it too, to see what colour we can expect – it will be lovely regardless of the colour though! The bargain ones I bought in December are pushing through the soil in their pots, but they were sitting in an unheated garden centre lean-to for a long time so they were pretty much pre-chilled, I suppose! Enjoy yours 🙂
Oh you must be on tenterhooks Christina! Look forward to seeing ‘Daydream’ when it has completely unfurled. The squirrels have thwarted my tulip plantings but my fault for forgetting to thwart the squirrels.
I’m already beginning to think that this first tulip isn’t the one it was sold as.