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When we moved here I planted a few tulips. A group of creamy tall ones at the back of the border, and a few of ‘The Artist’ as well. I also planted a few of Tulipa Tarda, the miniature type of tulip. I didn’t think much of Tulips really. I don’t like things that have to be lifted and stored. As a result of my dislike of lifting and storing, I discovered that if you just left them, they would keep coming back. Perhaps a little less vigorous, but still beautiful!

Anyway, this year I have had lots more tulips. I suddenly realised just how precious they are…like jewels in the spring garden. Here are a few pictures of the tulips I took today……

Tulip Batalini ‘Bright Gem’

Tulip ‘Princess Irene’

Bright Gem close up

Some more close-ups

The Artist

And here’s a rogue double that grew in amongst my single purples…

Can anything beat a tulip for a colour ‘hit’ in April? I don’t think so! :))

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Love the colours in 'Princess Irene'.

24 Apr, 2011

 

I love that 'rogue' poor wee thing! I have come to admire tulips more after seeing Carol Kleins colln. on gardeners world, Fabulous. She grows her all in pots, hundreds of them.

24 Apr, 2011

 

If we take the time to actually give tulips a good look, they are astounding colours and so varied as well.

I don't have any at the moment but your pictures certainly tempt me to get some for next year. They are lovely.

24 Apr, 2011

 

I was exactly the same Karen, but left them and now occasionally they surprise me with some pretty colour, I hate lifting and storing, not enough space to keep stuff I planted mine straight out of my tubs last year into the garden borders and this year they have flowered very well. Much better than they did in the tubs, strange isn't it.

24 Apr, 2011

 

I am really indecisive about what to do with them Mum. Although, actually the yellow ones could go in the shady border and hopefully balance out all that blue next year....but the tall ones...I don't know where to put them! I expect the shoe horn will come out soon!

24 Apr, 2011

 

The close up in photo 5 is just stunning! Good Shot!

Thet tulip in last photo, must be having a crisis, it thinks it's a Peony!

24 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks A. Isn't that a cracking 'hot' colour!

24 Apr, 2011

 

It's fab, a real show off, just shouts HEY look at me!

24 Apr, 2011

 

You could warm your hands on it! :)

24 Apr, 2011

 

I love Tulips in pinks, mauves, purples and creams but am thinking of removing the red and yellow ones as they just seem too 'primary colour' now! It's quite hard work though, digging through the rock hard dry ground and hoping you've dug deep enough to lift the bulb, not just the stem! You can guess I've done that in the past ... lol!

24 Apr, 2011

 

Haven't we all,Shirley..or cut the bulb in half ! Lol.

24 Apr, 2011

 

i like the rogue too as i have them ...............
some stuning colours ther tho

24 Apr, 2011

 

I think you did well - beautiful colours. I think this year I may do the same - you have inspired me.

24 Apr, 2011

 

Very pretty Karen, I tend to leave mine in the ground, I know it means I often get a colour clash but in the springtime after a dreary few months I`m usually pleased to see a dash of colour, they don`t last long enough to bother me.......

24 Apr, 2011

 

The Princess Irene is lovely.

24 Apr, 2011

 

Thank you all! SussexSarah....so glad you are inspired! :))

24 Apr, 2011

 

they're so nice - I love the Princess Irene’
ones the most :):)

24 Apr, 2011

 

i love those close ups and that double. i shall plant tulips next year.

24 Apr, 2011

 

glorious colours!!! and amazing photography that captures the glory!! thank you =)

24 Apr, 2011

 

I have some tulips in a tub (the bulbs were gifted to me last autumn) and I've never really enjoyed them as much as this one tub. Definitely want more next year :)

They give such a bold statement in the garden and I've been pleasantly surprised at how long these have stayed in bloom without drooping...it's nearly 3 weeks now.

I love your double tulip...but each in their own way looks beautiful, Karen.

25 Apr, 2011

 

Well, tomorrow I shall be at the Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam...how about that? Don't worry, I have my camera!

25 Apr, 2011

 

Oh, Karen, you lucky lady! I would love to visit those gardens. Have a wonderful time! : o )

25 Apr, 2011

 

We have been and I would love to go every year but it is not possible. We will enjoy your photographs when you come home.

25 Apr, 2011

 

Lovely colours

26 Apr, 2011

 

Beautiful pics. Thank u for sharing them.

26 Apr, 2011

 

Enjoy your Tulips in Amsterdam Karen ~ shades of `Ronnie Hilton` there.
I leave mine in the ground but I think the pesky squirels have nicked most of them as they seem very much reduced this year.

26 Apr, 2011

 

Wonderful tulips and great pix. Our Queen of the Night is still in bloom. Next year I plan to pot up more colours, including orange ones, for which your pix are an inspiration.

27 Apr, 2011

 

Wow, thats all I can say. I must admit I love blogs, because it shows so much more than the single photos.
Wowx10!!

27 Apr, 2011

 

All beautiful but pic 4 glows for me

28 Apr, 2011

 

Lots of lovely comments since I went away to Amsterdam for a few days. Thank you all! :)) Keukenhof blog coming soon! ;)

29 Apr, 2011

 

Forgive me?

I'm very new here [first time poster]; and pretty new to gardening too - longish story.
But, I was/am very much under the impression that once Tulips had flowered they were effectively finished?
Yours are pretty darned FAB, and I gather that these are in their subsequent years?

I actually adore Tulips and almost resent having to wait those months till they appear, and unfortunately this year after much anticipation, and regardless of my utmost attentions they made such a poor show and collapsed at the outset - both pot and bed examples.

So - can I replant and expect a show of some kind - or is it variety specific? - I'm sure I could look this up but signing on here was so that I didn't feel quite so lost and aimless - sorry if I've posted this as a question in the wrong place - just chatting, as you do!!!

30 Apr, 2011

 

Absolutely! Just chatting is great! Welcome! I am no expert on tulips wyeth, so it might well be worth posting your query in the questions section...there are some very expert gardeners on here. I wonder why they failed? THat's so sad, especially as you clearly love them so much. Yes, I used to think like you, that they are planted pulled and binned.....that is certainly not the case with the species and miniature ones...they are lovely and get bulkier every year. The big ones...well, as I said, I did plant some five years ago and they are still flowering every spring, although they are definitely deteriorating. I'm in a bit of a quandry about it myself to be honest...not sure what to do with mine. I think they will end up in the borders once they finish in the pots and I will just wait and see what they are like next year. I suppose much depends on the drainage and pest levels, and of course, the weather in the winter, as they would hate being waterlogged and cold.

30 Apr, 2011

 

Hey Karen.......

Thanks for such a timely response - just snuck a peek at your profile and we seem to have similar tastes?
Although at the very bottom of the ladder [Knowledge and Experience] I also do seem to harbor a distinct leaning towards Clematis - old Roses and Geraniums too.
Although I'm a total sucker for Pelargoniums and Fuchsias - this admission probably makes me some kind of Gardening "Chav"? - but I'm so completely seduced by the easy colour.

Anyhoo....... thanks again, I'll probably save the question till later in the year when it's more pertinent, it'll also give me time to do a bit of research [which invariably serves to confuse me].

Nice chatting............KBO.

30 Apr, 2011

 

lol...had to consult your profile to find out what that means Wyeth!! I will!

I find Hardy Geraniums are just so useful for underplanting roses with and they keep the horrible weeds at bay too! Yes, I think I am a 'romantic' soul. Don't go in much for formal hedges, topiary or box....like it all billowy and overdone! Sorry you lost a lot last year....we all did...I certainly did. I spent loads on evergreens that didn't make it....very disappointed. However, we live and learn don't we! KBO!

30 Apr, 2011

 

Nearly needed sunglasses for those tulips - what a lovely display and a special treat for me as mine have all finished. At least the badger didn't dig them up this year - not since I put chilli pepper round them. But I will remember next year not to get any on the leaves, as the result was almost as bad as the badger!

30 Apr, 2011

 

Gosh, what a handy tip for people bothered with badgers Stera! Shame about the leaves, but you live and learn!

1 May, 2011

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