Container Tulips Report 2018
My fellow gardeners, the state of the container Tulips this year has been: AWESOME. And people who know me will tell you that I never use that word.
Of course, one of the reasons that the container Tulips look so good is that almost all of them are blooming at the same time. I planted the containers with two Early Single Tulips that are supposed to bloom in April. Then I planted three Single Late and other later-blooming varieties. All the Tulips were ordered from johnscheepers.com.
Basically, the Early Tulips bloomed late and the Late Tulips bloomed when they were supposed to. The result was a blooming season that was shorter than I had planned. However, when almost every variety bloomed together starting in early May, they provided a fabulous show.
The first of the container Tulips to bloom was ‘Fostery King’. This is a Giant Darwin Hybrid and a late bloomer, so it’s ironic that it was the first to bloom. This Tulip is colored a rich red with a creamy white base.
Here’s a look at the base on the inside of a ‘Fostery King’ that is just past its prime.
‘Suncatcher’ is a mid-season Triumph Tulip. From the way it holds the light you can see that it is well-named. This is the first year I’ve grown this variety and it’s definitely a winner in my book.
‘Princess Irene’ is an old favorite that never fails to delight. Orange flushed with purple – every time I see that I fall in love. A Single Early Tulip.
Look, a two-headed princess!
‘Couleur Cardinal’ is an old standby and a Single Early. Again, the rich color leaves me swooning.
Finally, ‘Ballerina’ is a Lily Flowering Tulip. ‘Ballerina’ lets me indulge my love of orange Tulips, in this case enhanced with scarlet flames.
I like the elegant shape of the Lily-flowering Tulips.
There are also a few varieties of Tulips in the beds and borders that are still blooming.
‘Little Princess’ is a cross between two Species Tulips. I need to relocate these guys as they are being surrounded by taller Starry Solomon’s Plume (Maianthemum stellatum)
Ditto the magenta Tulipa humilis (I can’t remember the variety).
We have two varieties of Tulipa clusiana: the white and rose ‘Lady Jane’ and the yellow and rose ‘Tubergen’s Gem’. These are some of Judy’s favorites. Unfortunately, they are gradually fading away. I suppose I should plan to get some more this fall.
So I’ve got to say that even with the odd bloom times, it’s been a very satisfying Tulip season here at Garden In A City. How have your Tulips done this year?