Sunday, 30 April 2017

Wednesday.


Two more  shots of  'corners of  the  garden'.


The  above  photograph is of a tulip in  a raised bed of tulips  in the centre of the garden. It's a lovely vibrant red colour, but if you enlarge it, you'll  see that the spikey  edges of the petals make it look rather like one of those insect eating mini man trap type flowers.  It's the same colour  as the rest of  the tulips  in this  area, and I can only think  that  the last time we purchased a bag of  tulips this one slipped  in to the bag and the flower  bed. Does anyone know  of this type of tulip and what it's called?

4 comments:

Z said...

It's spectacular - I don't know it, I'm afraid.

Crowbard said...

Hi Mike, it is a fairly recent hybrid tulip variety, possibly Tulipa 'Burgundy Lace' a long-stem French tulip which features fringed petals in deep lipstick pink and blooms in late spring. It grows to 30 inches tall. It is possible that all your bulbs are of the same stock and this one had a genetic mutation or 'sport' but more likely as you say a hybrid bulb got mistakenly packaged with your standard ones.

Margaret Brocklehurst said...

It looks very much like a tulip I have called 'Red Wing', my tulips are now finished so I cannot send a photo of them.

Mike said...

Mystery solved! I asked Ann and she bought four tulips from Partridges, our hardware (etc.) shop, because they were just the same colour as the old ones in this bed (which they are). They've all four come through, but this one was the earliest. I should have checked with the head gardener before writing that blog entry. Still don't really know the breed, as I think Partidges sell bulbs in brown paper bags without labels. I expect either Crowbard or Maggie are right.