I have been eyeing up Anna Pavord’s book The Tulip in our local library for some time now. Only the sheer size of the thing prevented me borrowing it. But I found I couldn’t stop thinking about it so this week I brought it home. It is so dense I will probably have to renew it the maximum number of times to get to the end.
So my first Six, joining in with The Propmeister and his merry crew is…
1. The Tulip by Anna Pavord
I am still only on the introduction but Pavord writes beautifully. I have already been transported to a mountainside in Crete where she is searching for Tulipa bakeri.
When it comes to planting tulips I am always on the late side but I aim to get it done by the end of November which gives me another week.
I have got round to opening the box though, so this week for your delectation I have some extremely dull pictures of bulbs in bags. Nice compostable bags from Peter Nyssen.
2. Tulipa bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’
I decided that what I was missing in the garden was the smaller, more naturalistic tulips. I don’t know whether they have a collective name (I will once I’ve read the book).
3. Tulipa sylvestris
Another more naturalistic tulip that I liked the look of. Described as ‘yellow, back of tepals greenish’.
4. Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’
I am rather excited about this tulip described as ‘Magenta rose, ivory white edge’. And I love the name.
5. Red tulips
Just in case you thought I was getting too tasteful here are some bright red tulips I also bought. They are short and tall – Scarlet Baby and Appeldorn – so I’m hoping they’ll go nicely together.
6. Lovely Lingerie Blend
I couldn’t resist this saucy selection from Aldi which includes Jimmy tulips and Yazz narcissi.
Now I just need to get planting and I have a dilemma. I left last year’s tulips in their pots (not at all what Monty ordered). They are now poking up green shoots. Do I heartlessly depot them to make way for the new or leave them where they are and find new pots?