More Early Tulips
In Chicago and other Northern lands, people tend to think of tulips as flowers of May.
However, there are quite a few tulips that bloom in April. In my garden, the three earliest tulips are ‘Early Harvest’, T. praestans, and T. turkestanica. Of these, only T. turkestanica is still in flower. However two new tulips have emerged to make up for any floral attrition.
‘Keizerskroon’ is a Single Early Tulip that dates back to 1750. It’s a dramatic tulip, with blood red flames on a yellow background.
‘Keizerskroon’ is Dutch for ‘Emperor’s Crown’. The upwardly pointing triangular flames do seem to be joined at the base in order to form a crown.
My friend Julia described Tulipa dasystemon as looking like someone took a cookie cutter to an egg cooked sunny side up. This is a description I cannot improve upon.
T. dasystemon is just six or so inches tall and forms nice clumps. It seems to be looking skyward with optimism and eagerness. The leaves are long, straight, and pointy. This is a species tulip from the mountains of western China.
Watch this space for many more tulips coming soon!
What’s your favorite tulip blooming right now?