Last Tulip of Spring

This tulip,Tulipa sprengeri, is the exception to the rule. It will grow and flower well in semi-shade unlike any other and when it does it brings the tulip season to an end. This year it is early in my Amsterdam garden, but often it will not be in flower until June. Its colour is strong …

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Tulips for garden borders

Tulips in my garden

Now is the time to make a list of the spring flowering bulbs and especially the tulips you need to order for planting in the autumn. With the bulbs in flower in front of you – there is no better moment to make a plan; if you don’t, many of your inspired ideas will be forgotten when …

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Purple tulips

Tulip Order

They are early this year, but Tulipa sprengeri are flowering in the garden and this marks the end of the tulip flowering season. There is no better time to plan your bulb order than now whilst the memories of the past season’s bulb displays are fresh in your mind. In my earlier post I showed how well …

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Tulips at Keukenhof

Time for Tulips

Well, what a winter we have had in northern Europe! Normally by now the garden would be full of spring flowers: bulbs, tulips more than any, and blossom on the trees and shrubs, but no. This weekend the weather is finally changing and no doubt spring will start like the finale of a firework show …

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Parrat tulip

Plant Tulips Now

Plant tulips too early and there is more time for things to go wrong. Since each bulb already contains its flower all that is needed is to give them a chance to send out some roots, experience the cold of winter and not let them dry out – the result is a guarantee of flowers …

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