With winter continuing into April, albeit with some lovely warm spring days to make you believe that spring is really here; I have been busy trying to catch up with clearing the garden of weeds (which, of course, only need a little sunshine to encourage them to grow) and cut back perennials which I usually leave overwinter as habitats for small creatures. All the work has meant that I have found very little time to share the garden with you. Continue reading
Well, not a good start to my resolution to post every day for April and May. I was out visiting historic gardens with my students and was exhausted when I returned home late in the day. Continue reading
I saw Tulip Jan Reus when I visited the Chelsea flower show in May 2010 and just fell in love with the intense red colour. I was thrilled when I placed my bulb order with Peter Nyssen that they stocked this very special variety which they describe as “chrysanthemum crimson” so really indulged myself with 100 bulbs, not too expensive at £17.
They were planted in Autumn 2010 and flowered well in spring 2011 and most, but not all came back in 2012.
This year there has been an explosion, I counted them yesterday and there are now 150! They are still much the same size as they were in their first year. So this is one I would strongly recommend if you like red!