Autumn planting of many tulips bring a joyful backdrop to early spring. First to appear were the Viridflora types: magenta Doll’s Minuet and Purple Doll whose flowers begin to open as soon as they appear at leaf base. At 6 inches, they stretch open their petals into star forms in the sunlight, with delightful waves of petal turning as the light changes throughout the day. All stay open for weeks. On their last day of opening, they stay open permanently then shortly afterwards the petals drop.
Tulipa Aladdin the brightest scarlet of the ‘Persian carpet’ pointed petal style. Similar pointed Tulipa Sapporo pointed petal pale yellow. Tulipa White Triumphator with dark inner markings.. Tulipa Greenstar star-shaped large flamboyant up to 8 inches diameter when fully open: a fresh spring charm on tall stalks. Tulipa White Mountain fully multi petalled with rose appearance; green under petals and yellow centre; takes many days to open out fully, starting curled up, gradually stretching its petals.