My tulip panic was for naught!

Yes, they came up very early and in a new, strange way due to the early warm weather here followed by a normal cooler cycle but in the end, they have been just fine. It IS difficult to put together three varieties and have them all bloom within a few days of each other. White is always problematic I have found: they invariably flower later than other colors.

Above and below are Cathernia (white), Caravelle (deep purple) and Menton (pink) all  from
John Scheepers.


It’s hard to tell the difference, but the pink above and below here is Tulip Lambada and Mystic Van Eijk from Longfield.


And now, for the biggest surprise (for me!) These orange streaked tulips that I didn’t think I had ordered when I showed them to you two weeks ago….well, yes indeed I DID order them.
These are Blushing Apeldoorn and the fringed are Tulip Lambada.
They are my new favorite tulip: bright, cheerful, nice form and just plain gorgeous. I think next year I may plant one entire garden with just these. What a sight, no? Or maybe mix in some deep red?



Aren’t they magnificent? I am in love!
Too bad they won’t still be around when I am hosting a garden tour on May 9.  But of course something equally (I hope..) gorgeous will be blooming by then.

Happy gardening weekend wherever you are….



  1. Very pretty! I can see Apeldoorn with a carpet of ‘Chocolate Chip’ ajuga…narrow dark foliage and 4-inch spikes of bright periwinkle blue flowers.
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    • Ok Marian…will keep that in mind! We planted some of that south slope, using your ideas as reference…I’ll post very soon.

  2. FLYING in as an insect for YOUR GARDEN TOUR!!!!!NO, a BUTTERFLY!
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  3. Oh, that’s good news! They look beautiful, Libby. So springy!
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    • Hi Claudia: It’s been ages and I’ve been so busy in the garden. The weather has been glorious, no? I just received my dahlia tubers from Floret Flowers and really look forward to seeing them later in the season. But yes, the tulips were glorious..but all gone now!

  4. I love garden surprises! Beautiful orange streaked ones. And that fringed tulip is DIVINE – is that a parrot tulip? Enjoy your time in the garden. I have a lot of weeding to do and can’t wait. Lots of daily surprises in my new garden.
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    • Loi: Seems I haven’t been very good about replying here to comments. So sorry! No, it’s not a parrot tulip, but fringed. My tulips are all gone now (sadly) but have been replaced with the best “crop” ever of snapdragons! And yes, every day is full of surprises.

  5. Your tulips look lovely and your mixture of varieties has worked well. That orange one is so eye catching. I always cheat by choosing a mixture of varieties that have been recommended by Sarah Raven and they are always excellent. Sarah x