Tulips on Parade!
We are now right in the middle of tulip season. So many varieties to show you! Where to begin?
Perhaps with the shy but charming Tulipa clusiana, also called Lady Tulip. I have two varieties of Lady Tulip, ‘Tubergen’s Gem’ and ‘Chrysantha’, and damned if I can tell them apart. They’re both really nice, though!
One thing about these varieties of T. clusiana is that their outer petals are a soft red, but inside they are bright yellow. They close up in colder weather or as the sun sets, and open wide in the warm sunshine.
Generally I plant hybrid tulips in containers and species tulips in beds and borders. However, years ago I planted some Darwin Hybrid tulips into mixed borders. Darwins are relatively long-lived, and they still show off big blooms around the end of April. For instance, here are some ‘Golden Parade’ blooming with Celandine Poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum).
And here are some ‘Holland’s Glory’ (red-orange) and ‘Banja Luka’ Darwins looming over the Tulipa dasystemon in a raised parkway bed.
This one, I think, is ‘Red Impression’.
‘Balerina’ is an orange lily-flowering tulip. Planted in containers last fall, it’s not supposed to bloom until May, but it decided to have an early start.
You don’t see people mixing purple and orange very much but ‘Princess Irene’ carries it off.
Irene also has startling purple anthers.
This year we kind of went in for orange tulips in a big way. This is ‘Annie Schilder’.
‘Couleur Cardinal’ is one of my absolute favorites, we have to plant some every year.
On the other hand, I don’t think I would order ‘Elegant Lady’ again.
We are by no means done with the Tulip parade!
Some of the Tulips will keep marching for a couple of weeks yet, others have yet to begin. It is an exciting and joyous spectacle while it lasts.