This week I would like to tell you about an inspiring meeting during the open garden days. A meeting with far-reaching consequences ...... ..
This particular visitor seats himself, after his tour around the garden, at the wooden table in the barn. I serve him a coffee. Quickly we are talking about flower bulbs. As it turns out he is a big tulip admirer. We are not only talking about tulip varieties but also about tulip colours. About this latter, he says: "Orange is generally not considered to be a tasteful colour in the garden." “And what about yellow?" I add to the conservation, "That's also a ‘wrong’ colour."
An animated conversation follows. We totally agree with one another. Why not use orange in the garden! We agree we will both order orange tulips this autumn. "Orange; very rebellious ," he says as he says goodbye.
I stick to the agreement and order 100 orange tulips at my bulb supplier. And because I am in a rebellious mood, I order yellow, pink and white too. The tulips I choose are all lily-shaped.
The combination does not come totally out of the blue. See the picture above of Icelandic poppies. (Papaver nudicaule) I think that is a mouth-watering combination.
Orange, yellow, pink and white tulips; together in one border. What an outrageous combination. What do you think?
It will certainly be a colourful spring. I wonder whether my visitor will return to take a look!
romantic rose garden
Tulipa 'Ballerina' I ordered 100 of them.
'Ballerina'. Lillie shaped tulip.
I have grown orange tulips in previous years.....T. 'Suncatcher'
....together with narcissus'Geranium'.
I like this smal orange/yellow one T. 'Bright Gem'
Last spring; the bright colours of the Murillo mix.
They were so colourful.
A picture of Keukenhof. I was already in the mood for orange!
Again Keukenhof. They often plant bright colors together.
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