Little and Large

Little&LargeIt may have been a surprise to find the secretive tulips flowering in the sitooterie a few days ago, but their compatriots in a planter on the paved area in front of it may have proved to be a greater surprise (right). Chivvied out by this week’s sunshine, these are no doubt the same variety as those gasping for water inside, but tulips flowering outside in mid-March? Is that normal? But what IS normal? Last March we suffered a second onslaught of snow and bitter temperatures in the UK, but two years ago March was breaking temperature and sunshine records – clearly there IS no norm. Rather more seasonal though are the first of the pretty species tulips (left), all of which are a welcome addition to the early spring garden – these are either Tulipa tarda or T turkestanica. It’s looking promising for this month’s Garden Bloggers Blooms Day!

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17 Responses to Little and Large

  1. AnnetteM says:

    I love the shadows of the little tulips on the earthenware pot.

  2. rusty duck says:

    Wasn’t it two years ago when it was summer in March, and only in March?
    Demonstrating total confidence in Mike’s mouse defences, I have bought a pot of Tulipa humilis today.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes – very wet summer that year. I do love the species tulips and I have T humilis ‘Persian Pearl’ – definitely worth defending against the mice!

  3. Chloris says:

    I love species tulilps. The one on the left is Turkistanica isn’t it? Tarda is is more yellow. I’ m looking forward to seeing all your treasures in Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day tomorrow.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – I knew it was one or the other but the pictures on Google were not very different. I will relabel it now!

  4. Anna says:

    Annette has taken the words out of my mouth πŸ™‚

  5. Christina says:

    March is early even here the tulips are flowering earlier than usual.

    • Cathy says:

      I have planted several in pots to add to borders later so I wonder when they will flower – and I wasn’t sure how long to keep them in the greenhouse either…

  6. Annette says:

    It looks more like turkestanica to me and as for flowering, it’s not that amazing because species tulips tend to flower earlier. What is normal anyway? This definition changes every 200 miles (or less!)… hope you have a wonderful weekend, Cathy πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for confirming turkestana, Annette – I know the species ones are earlier, but the one on the right (‘large’) is not a species one. Shame I don’t know the name as that bud is a beautiful shape. Have a good w/e yourself.

  7. Cathy what a wonderful surprise…I agree. I am not sure what is the norm although for us it is lots of snow. The cold was well below normal this year.

  8. croftgarden says:

    T. turkestanica gets my vote, it is slender, tall and often multi-headed with small pale flowers – the petals often reflex in full sun. Do let it seed it will naturalise in well drained soil (even gravel paths). It normally flowers early – as does Tulipa tarda. the latter is chunkier, more dwarf and probably has larger more yellow flowers. Both are flowering in pots in the polytunne – winter sunshine!

  9. wellywoman says:

    I spotted flower buds on a tulip today and had to do a double take. There doesn’t seem to be a norm now just whatever the weather throws at us. πŸ˜‰

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