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A mixed bag of tulips..

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My son gave me a mixed bag of tulips several years ago for my birthday and every time they come into flower I get enormous pleasure form them. I didn’t have any in the garden at the time, just concentrated on buying Daffodils as I thought Tulips were difficult to grow. I’ve added a few myself over the years, mainly the dwarf type but the majority are from the bulbs my son gave to me. They are putting a real zing into the garden right now and here are the ones in full flower…


It’s wonderful to see all the colour in the garden,
there are lots more still to come out. It was really warm and sunny at the beginning of last week but back to cool and frosts first thing in the morning now. The tulips had started opening wide and I’d hope they wouldn’t go over too soon.
So glad our son chose these as a my birthday present all those years ago. 😊🌷

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They all look lovely! I bought lots of different bulbs last year and mixed them all up so they'd be dotted about random, I've still ended up with two or three of the same ones in the same place :)

24 Apr, 2016

 

It's strange isn't it. I had no idea what colour they would turn out to be and expected random colours. It's funny how they came up, several clumps all the same colour. I have in the past considered moving some but didn't bother. I'm sure they have doubled up over the years.

24 Apr, 2016

 

That's a lovely cheerful display - its good to have something bright to take over after the daffodils have finished.

I used not to care for tulips much but planted them because OH likes them. Now I'm a convert - I used to think they were the sort of bulb that didn't come back the next year but mine have spread too. It is amazing how yours have come up with the same colours together if you didn't know what they were - you must have magic fingers...

24 Apr, 2016

 

Thoughtful present for a gardener. I like Tulips when they bulk up so there is a clump of the same colour. I think the reds are particularly strong increases.

24 Apr, 2016

 

Lovely garden Homebird never tried growing Tulips before just ordered some after seeing these really liked the planting down/up the stairs. how many did you start with? I just ordered 55 mixed to do a similar planting down steps thanks for the idea hope you don't mind me copying :)

24 Apr, 2016

 

I can't remember how many there were to start with, I just remember they were in a box about as big as a child's shoe box.
I thought that too Stera and that they only flowered for a few days. I don't even have one magic finger..lol. I was just fortunate that they seem to like my garden and want to stay and raise a family..lol.
Siris, I have found some more of the yellow ones have a streak of red in them this year. I wonder if they cross pollinate.
Thankyou Vic. I love this site for giving us ideas on what we could do and want to plant in our own gardens. I've tried to copy no end. Had a dismal failure with a lavender hedge border I had seen on a goyers blog a few years ago. Hers was so neat and bushy. Mine grew leggy and too open. "Can't win em all"...lol I wanted to soften the edges of the steps with my plants. It used to be lawned right up to them.

25 Apr, 2016

 

my steps are slightly smaller but same idea of softening them up with some colour and foliage is what im after thanks.

25 Apr, 2016

 

The tulips are lovely and like you I now have several in the garden. The ones that I carefully tended by taking out of the pots one year, drying and storing, I found had gone from one large bulb to lots of little ones. Never mind, I thought I will plant them in the autumn, but meantime the mice got them! Now I just put them in the garden and let them get on with it.
All plants spark memories and are a much better gift than cut flowers, after all would you have remembered a bunch of flowers after all these years?

25 Apr, 2016

 

Very true Honeysuckle a plant is a gift that keeps giving :)

25 Apr, 2016

 

What a thoughtful son you have. The Tulips look wonderful and keep on increasing year on year so you can't lose, how good is that? Lucky you :-)

25 Apr, 2016

 

What a lovely show Homebird

25 Apr, 2016

 

I'm amazed at how well they are doing. I always thoughtyou had to chuck them away and start again every yearu less they were species. But recently i am discovering that some are great for naturalising. I have a lovely clump of 'Monte Carlo' from last year that stayed in the soil, and I have found out that 'Nero' which I just bought, isalso a good returner. Not so with 'Artist' which I found very poor as a returner in my last garden. I wonder if you can find out anywhere, which ones are better as perennials, then I would know which ones to buy!

25 Apr, 2016

 

I love your tulips Homebird. They are true spring flowers.

25 Apr, 2016

 

It's only in the last few years I have been drawn to Tulips....no specific reason.......just love the expectancy at this time of year.

25 Apr, 2016

 

A wonderful display,Sheila,and so many lovely colours..I think I am starting to get really fond of them too..After seeing yours,i shall certainly get some more this year..especially a few of the early miniatures ,besides these..I can't think of a nicer Birthday gift from your son..he knew you would love them..:o) x

26 Apr, 2016

 

They are all lovely. So bright & cheerful.

26 Apr, 2016

 

Thankyou all for leaving such lovely comments. The dwarf ones I bought for myself are just coming into their own now. They didn't seem to make much effort last year and I was very disappointed with them but this year they look as if they will do so much better. T says he would like me to buy more this Autumn to plant further up the garden. I think I might.....:o)

26 Apr, 2016

 

Beautiful tulips. I think tulips have done well this year. I have many that disappeared for years, all have come up this year. I feel it is due to me moving a very long length of Leylandii hedge.

26 Apr, 2016

 

The tulips are really lovely, Homebird. I adore tulips. I have loads and I never lift them. I have found that the ordinary tulips go on for years, while some of the more fancy ones sometimes disappear after one season. They are such varied blooms, though, and have a long flowering period. I couldn't do without them. How lovely to have such a long-lasting gift!

26 Apr, 2016

 

That's really good Michaella, what a lovely spring present to you from your garden.. Maybe the leylandii was taking all the moisture and food and starving the bulbs. Great that they have come back now.
Thanks Melchi, they are special to me. I bought some shorter ones called Angelique a few years ago to keep in a large pot and they have dwindled down to just a couple of very poor performers. I've buried the bulbs out of sight in the garden this week. Lol . I haven't the heart to throw them away. The ones that my Mother bought me several years ago are just coming into flower this week. They do well every year.
Karen wondered if there were any that were perenial and good for naturalising. I don't know enough about them I'm afraid.

27 Apr, 2016

 

It's lovely to see so many Tulips flowering all at the same time! I loved seeing the ones alongside the steps - they look so much better that way!

I've grown some on our balcony several times during the 16 years we have lived here but they seem to break up into tiny bublets which then dry up during the summer.

The last which I bought, 4/5 years ago, were some Darwin hybrids. They flowered very well their first year. Remembering my past experiences I put the bulbs in a strawberry planter after flowering. They have been there for the last 3 years but I rarely get a flower from them! :-(( Last year I planted a Fuchsia on top of them, after all while they are dormant they don't need water or light! While the Fuchsia is dormant the Tulips can grow (& perhaps flower?) Well I did get a lovely bright yellow bloom but that's all.

28 Apr, 2016

 

They don't seem to do very well in pots for me Balcony. I was told recently that it's better if you can plunge them into the garden after flowering, feed them and water them to build up the bulb for flowering next year. I am afraid I forget all about them until I see some growth the following spring. Out of sight, out of mind...How did the fuchsia fare?

28 Apr, 2016

 

They do look good growing alongside your path, we have a few specie's tulips that stay in the ground, but most of ours are in pots, when they finish we have lilies, then dahlias to end the season.
Like you I bought some Angelique a few years ago and they were beautiful, just like roses, but they never returned,...
On Gardeners World last week at Pashley Manor they plant 25.000 !! they give the old ones away and have new each year!!😮 the owner was asked about his favourites and he said Angelique and Queen of the Night, which have done well for us this year, like Karen said some return some don't......... If they all returned think how much money the companies would lose!!

30 Apr, 2016

 

Anybody else found that the plain yellow ones seem to be the best at spreading?

30 Apr, 2016

 

I wondered at the amount of tulip planting that goes on at Pashley Manor, Dd! I was really surprised that they don't keep any at all.

30 Apr, 2016

 

I was surprised too that none of them were kept. They go to charity though so that's good. I guess his Angelique did well because they were new bulbs. My Queen of the Night haven't opened yet. They came in the box of purple selection bulbs I bought from the sales shelf in Tsco in February so it's hardly surprising really!!!
Sterra the yellow have spread well for me I'm sure.

2 May, 2016

 

The Fuchsia I planted last year on top of the Tulips in the Strawberry planter flowered very well & has survived the winter & is making growth now & I expect it to flower again very soon!

2 May, 2016

 

That's great Balcony. 😊

3 May, 2016

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