Choosing tulip favourites
Everything is behind this year. Some years, the main bulbs are ordered in summer. This year, I am late, and we are only a month away from tulip planting time. There is a patio outside our kitchen doors which really needs big, preferably metal, planters, rather than pots. They remain for now. I really enjoyed certain tulips this year, and have to rave yet again about the double yellow ‘Monte Carlo’, in flower for weeks. It is not a half-hearted double, like some. Vibrant orange and yellow parrot tulip, ‘Professor Röntgen’, named for the discoverer of X-rays, certainly had impact. He will be used again at some point. Fringed tulip ‘Black Jewel’ was new to me. The petal edges reminded me of starfish tentacles; there was something uncomfortably fleshy about them. This year, ‘Monte Carlo’ is definitely on the patio again. For the back garden, I have ordered rusty plum ‘Dom Pedro’, which dates back to circa 1911. I will team him up with another oldie but goodie from 1930, ‘Orange Favourite’, a well-scented, late flowering tulip.
Tulip bulbs must be planted soon to ensure a good display next spring.