Here is a link to the Prop's blog. He hasn't posted yet today, so it may be that he is somewhere on a long run. Should he put something up later, then I'll link in to it at a later date. He has now, so I am linking here to his, and guess what it is the start of the Tulip season there too.
1. There is nothing quite like observing new plants growing in one's garden and checking them out. Different growing conditions, which can range from soil, climate and weather and each year seems to vary allows us to see what plants are really like, as apposed to recollections of clever photography and over the top descriptions. Even small areas within the garden seem to have a micro-climate and now I am getting to know the new garden, find moving plants around can be of great benefit.
I have already posted about T. Turkestanica and how I was a little underwhelmed by them, but found I had not put up a picture. So here it is, mostly so that I can refer back to what they looked like and their position and by which I can compare them next year.
Last week I wrote about T. Clusiana Lady Jane, which is continuing to look lovely. In the morning they are closed with the slightest pale cream edge to their pink outer petals and then they becomes fully open in the bright sunshine. By coincidence I received some Tulip photographs from The Somerset Alpine Garden Society and consequently on requesting names was sent an article by Christine Skelmersdale of Broadleigh Gardens. I found I still had the full article in April 2020 of The Garden. These few words, regarding Tulipa clusiana, which had simply accompanied the original un labelled pictures piqued my interest: "This tulip spreads strongly by stolons". What an interesting feature in tulips, which explains how these types of tulips will increase and little colonies expand. Watching the tulips over a number of years is going to be interesting.
2. I was particularly pleased to read that spreading by stolens is also a feature of what must be my favourite tulip so far: Tulipa Whittalii Major. Maybe it is the self confidence it exudes as well as its overall proportions that I find most pleasing. As for colour, burnt orange is amongst my favourite.
3. Perhaps the most disappointing of the tulips so far is Tulipa tarda. I so hope that it improves in future years. It is very close to the ground but this may be that we have had a very dry spell this Spring. Hopefully next year I shall be able to change my views, as I had high expectations when I viewed all the pictures before I bought it.
|Valeriana officnalis flattened by rolling cats|