Little Beauties

And aren’t they just?! Tulipa ‘Little Beauty’ was just one of the surprises I had when I took an unexpected visitor and sometime reader of this blog round the garden yesterday, realising that my early start and late finish at the polling station the day before had precluded any rambling, thus giving twice as many new treats for yesterday’s ramble! Growing to only about 10cms, this very pretty young lady is even more petite than her clusiana counterparts. Equally surprising were the first flowers on the Tulip ‘Peach Blossom’ in the 5 pots outside the kitchen window, unfortunately less than one per pot appearing so far, and a potful of Tulip ‘Fur Elise’, a birthday present last December. I had no idea what the latter were going to like, as my friend had already planted them up in the pot, but I was intrigued by the strikingly stripey leaves (despite the preconceived idea that I wasn’t keen on wide leafed tulips) and astonished at the almost lily like appearance of the flowers, creme caramel coloured. Very nice.


Next to the stream we discovered a flowering clump of Geum rivale ‘Leonard’s Variety’, far removed from the original plant which has readily and helpfully set seed, but not in a thuggish way at all, and the enthusiastic shoots of a clump of Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum – these had barely poked their noses above the soil the last time I looked. I was wondering whether to transplant a clump to the newly-planted ex D*****’s P**** bed, but will perhaps let other things settle in first. These seem to like their home on the bank of the stream better than the original clump in the woodland edge border.

Heading back to the house we noticed lots of buds on the Clematis montana ‘Warwickshire Rose’ that is scrambling through the magnolia, and although it shared the magnolia’s severe haircut last year it looks as if it is coming back as strongly as ever. Discussing the progress of my friend’s wisteria we looked up and found that here too there was great promise for later in the month (last year I posted a picture of the wisteria in full flowering glory on May 25th, so looks like no change there) – spotting the new flower buds never fails to thrill me, after that first tear-jerking discovery in 2006. Looking down, we couldn’t fail to be entranced by the fluffy fresh catkins on the prostrate willow, Salix cashmeriana.


Little beauties, every one.

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16 Responses to Little Beauties

  1. Pauline says:

    I love them all Cathy,especially your Little Beauty which are just that, and Fur Elise, such a gorgeous colour. Only having success with tulips in pots up till now, I haven’t tried the tiny ones before. Maybe they would like to live on the alpine scree, do you think they would? its the only place that has decent drainage.

    • Cathy says:

      I am quite new to species tulips, Pauline, and Annette at will be able to tell you more than me. The Peter Nyssen catalogue wher I buy mine from say they are especially recommended for rockeries and can be left undisturbed for many years. Mine are all in ordinary beds and have experienced all kinds of weather. I have googled Fur Elise today and they are greigii, so I will have to decide whether to risk replanting them in a bed once they have finished flowering in the pot.

  2. Annette says:

    So true, Cathy, little beauties indeed…believe it or not I’m all excited about my Tulipa sprengeri which will soon flower. A friend from Buckinghamshire sent two bulbs (the last ones they had at Jacques Amand’s!!!) last autumn but they’re supposed to naturalize quite freely so fingers crossed… 🙂

  3. Holleygarden says:

    How nice to have a visitor to walk around the garden with. The ‘little beauty’ tuips are lovely. And I do love the flower as well as the foliage on ‘Fur Elise’.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, and yet it is only recently I have started growing tulips but am beginning to realise how versatile they are. The species tulips are happy to stay in the ground, and I have found that many others are OK too if they are planted deeply enough.

  4. Love tulip “Little Beauty” – I have to add this to my garden next year!

  5. Very enjoyable, the walk through your garden; if you are a plant lover, gardener, it never fails to amaze, to bring a sense of enjoyment. You do have some real beauties in your garden.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Charlie, and because of all the changes I made last year there is so much that is new to appreciate and wonder at this year. I am in my element 🙂

  6. Anna says:

    Oh I do like ‘Little Beauty’ Cathy and think that she is so well placed next to the geranium. Solomon’s Seal seems to have taken off like a rocket this year!

  7. I really like the Geum rivale, the similarity to Geum triflorum or prairie smoke is very interesting.

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