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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Tulip

Last year I de­cided I didn’t have any­thing like enough tulips in my gar­den and now I am reap­ing the re­wards of my late au­tumn plant­ings, both in pots and in the bor­ders.

Siz­zling or­ange tri­umphs are daz­zling in pa­tio pots, al­most black Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’ are com­ing up among burnt or­ange and vi­brant yel­low wallflow­ers and cool cream tulips are pro­vid­ing an el­e­ment of calm in my sem­ishaded front gar­den.

There re­ally is a tulip for ev­ery sit­u­a­tion, whether you pre­fer the showy par­rot va­ri­eties, the clas­sic ma­jes­tic reds and yel­lows or the in­tri­cate species types which look amaz­ing in rock­eries.

Tulips should be planted in late au­tumn or early win­ter, three to four times the depth of the bulb, a few cen­time­tres apart, in full sun and avoid wet con­di­tions.

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