Choos­ing tulip favourites

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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.

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