Bulbs for the Garden

Kekenhof bulbs

Keukenhof is Open

Keukenhof is the famous show garden for the international bulb industry. Seven million bulbs go into the ground to provide a twelve week long extravagant display of this important export product from the Netherlands. I was there on the opening day. The weather has been mild and bulbs are early this year. I was interested …

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Tulipa acuminata, Tulip 'Ballerina'

Tulipa acuminata

The Ottoman Empire, in a similar way to Holland, had a fanatical obsession with tulips. Needle-shaped flowers were prized of which Tulipa acuminata is an example. This wild species tulip flowers later than most. Its flower petals drawn out into long fine points are yellow splashed with orange and red marks. In one way the …

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Red Darwin tulips

Red Tulips when needed

Naturalistic planting and especially the prairie planting variant can look very flat and green in spring. Often these schemes are filled with perennials that flower in summer and look wonderful with ornamental grasses, but in spring they are green. Red is the complementary colour to green and tulips are one of the ways to introduce …

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