I have written about species tulips before . I like growing ordinary tulips but have fallen wantonly in love with species tulips. Our local squirrel has adjusted our planting plans and has buried small groups all over the garden. And they are now slowly spreading.
When I first moved to the cottage I planted over 500 ordinary tulip bulbs. Sixteen years later we have just seven bulbs left (these are the red ones that seem to just go on and on). But Lady of the Night, a beautiful red and white parrot variety and a host of other tulip wonders fizzled out within three years. Perhaps I didn’t plant them deep enough. Digging them up at the end of their season was out of the question
Species tulips on the other hand seem to enjoy living in the cottage garden. They suit me too. Far less upright than the stiff conventional tulips, they seem much more relaxed when they bask in the sun. The flower heads open with just a sweep of light above a nest of stems and close tight at dusk. They ‘sleep’ when it is dark. Enchanting.
Species tulips look so much more delicate than an average tulip but they are clearly beautiful, tough lions. Well worth considering for any garden. They can be planted late too. Danny put some packs of these diminutive tulips in my Christmas stocking. They were planted at the end of December and are delighting us now.
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