The Teddington Gardener

Lasting Love – Tulips take centre stage

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These are Lasting Love, dark rich-red tulips planted up into two huge terracotta planters. There were crocus first, with violas, and deep-blue Hyacinths which sparred with these emerging tulips and Muscari armenaicum spotting blue throughout the show now.

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Red tulips were the favourite for this lady’s husband, and with such a beautiful name, the choice for this display was quite fitting. I’ve used bright jelly bean colours in previous seasons – Ronaldo, Barcelona, Negrita, Ballerina, Orange Princess – but decided on a single tulip for this Springtime show (though other smaller containers hold a smorgasbord of tulip colour and forms).

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I’ve fallen for this particular tulip though, with a satin sheen, elegant form and they open out generously to greet the sunshine too (sadly not today but I’ll see them again before they go over and hopefully then …)

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Remnants from earlier displays pepper the garden still – Ballerina is a firm favourite, with elegant lily-fluted shape and bright shadings of orange colouring –

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While Ronaldo is an alternative to the ubiquitous Queen of the Night –

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… and just in case you need to brighten up proceedings and create a perfect clash with that orange Ballerina, there’s Barcelona in Flamingo pink –

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While in my garden, there is a delightful mix of tulipifery coming through – spares, last-minute sale purchases and leftovers that I’ve found a home for ….

 

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