The First Tulip

The first Tulips are opening already.  I’m sure that is a little earl but I don’t care as I adore tulips

However, I have discovered, when going to write this post, that my record keeping is beyond useless.  I wanted to know the name of this tulip which I planted last Autumn.  I  looked at my emails for a confirmation order email from Peter Nyssen, the suppliers, no I had deleted and tidied my inbox up.  I even looked through my paperwork for the receipt or delivery note – nope, nowhere to be seen and I know that I only threw the catalogue the other week when I was clearing out a drawer looking for something else.  See tidying up is obviously a bad thing to do!

Having looked at Peter Nyssen’s website I think this is Apricot Beauty, it certainly sounds familiar.  The information says that it flowers Early to Late April which is the whole of April really so if this is the case the flowers are only a few weeks early which isn’t surprising given the unseasonably warm weather we have  had recently.  23C here today when it should be something like 13C.

I have developed quite a passion for tulips in recent years although I prefer them in the border to planted up in pots.   I leave mine in year on year and add new bulbs to different parts of the garden each year. It is true that in some cases the quality of the flowers deteriorates year on year but then I either add more or replace them.

This year it was the turn of the Cottage Garden Border to be tuliped.  I chose three varieties and there is a strong possibility that they were Apricot  Beauty, Spring Green and Ivory  Florade though looking again  it might be Apricot Impression that is flowering now.  How very annoying.  I do know that there were already some Princess Irene in the border which have probably been there for four years now and are doing quite  well.

My botanical artist’s eye is really drawn to the colouring and detailing of the flowers particularly the buds.  When you really look there are so many colours in there.  Thinking about it I might take a few more photos of these tulips so that I can use them in the future for one of my paintings.  One of the ladies in my class is currently working on a wonderful painting of a bunch of red and yellow striped tulips, a little garish for me, but tulips certainly form a wonderful elegant subject.

I will now wait to see if the other tulips in the Cottage Garden Border actually look as I think they should – I do love a mystery

8 Comments on “The First Tulip

  1. It’s certainly a lovely tulip! Mine have been out for over a week now and I thought they were late. Although I do make a concerted effort to choose varieties that will bloom over a period of months, and usually employ a not so deliberate staggered planting regime to get them all in the ground. 😉

  2. I adore tulips as well and am mesmerized by the flowers and changing in color.. unfortunately they do not do well here due to weather and deer who find them and eat them to nothing…I love the color of your tulip!

  3. Beautiful! Congratulations! I don’t plant too many tulips because Bunny likes to nip off the buds (just when you anticipate seeing that beautiful bloom). Mine are bunched in the front of the house close to the sidewalk where Bunny doesn’t go too often. I have had luck with some Species Tulips and must try adding more in the back of the garden (Bunny tasted them the first year but didn’t like them). Last fall I planted a Woodland Tulip in back that I am looking forward to – then again, it is also yellow and won’t stand out much against the Daffodils. I am partial to “pink-orangey-salmony” colors.

  4. I get so frustrated when I can’t find the name of a plant. Your tulips are gorgeous. And who could complain about tulips being early?

  5. What a lovely peachy colour – you’ll enjoy painting such a pretty one!

  6. A common mishap Helen – if only plants had tongues and could relay vital information to us. My first ones opened this week and it does seem on the early side. The opposite of you as I keep them confined to pots as I do not like the leaves so can then hide them after flowering.

  7. We obviously share a love of tulips, I adore them and had to be very strong indeed not to plant any last autumn, but I have been rewarded by most coming back well – they like a dry summer! That is a very beautiful, sutle colour. Christina

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