Each day I wonder: what was I thinking when I ordered this year’s flower bulbs. Why did I not order early tulips? Was I thinking the global warming would bring a Mediterranean climate? Is that why I ordered late blooming tulips?
It has been a mild winter, but oeps, what a cold spring! Cold, wet and late. Depressed I look at my tulips. WHERE ARE THEY? Of course I cannot blame the tulips. It is my purchasing policy. I just wanted to try some special varieties and they usually bloom later.
But there are more differences in comparison with other years. Some tulips have been bitten by frost. The leaves are discoloured; they look a bit messy. Of course, standing with your flower buds in the snow, is not a favourite thing to do for a tulip. However these last year’s tulips much to my surprise are flowering! This T. Thijs Boots is a tough one!
Yesterday, with the first spring sunshine on my back, I have cleared the picking garden. All the weeds have been pulled out, the Lathyrus planted and the paths have been swept.
But also in the picking garden something strange is going on. There is a mysterious killer who is attacking my tulips. At ground level the tulips are nibbled off. Thus they keep staying in the ground, but completely separated from the flower bulb. They fade without being able to bloom. Who is that killer? A snail, mole, pigeon or maybe a pheasant? Have you ever seen this killer?
Fortunately, there are also some successes to tell. I am very pleased with a pot of white anemones combined with tulips. The anemones bloom beautifully, the tulips do not yet. If only I had planted the early T. purissima ...
For next year the 5 best early tulips are back on my list:
T. Exotic Emperor,
T. Flaming purissima.
I have learned my lesson!
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Primrose simple and beautiful.
The picking garden is tidy! Waiting for the tulips to flower.
Nibbled tulips. There is a mysterious killer in my garden.
One month ago. Tulip 'Thijs Boots' in the snow.
Tulipa 'Thijs Boots' today. These tulips are from the previous year and left in the ground.
Tulipa 'Thijs Boots' is very tough!
Tulips in zinc tubs and dustbins.
It will take some time to see them flower.
Anemone 'The Bride' is successfully.
Anemone 'The Bride' in combination with tulip 'White Triumphator. Soon in flower I hope.