Just in case you don’t know: tulips are my favorite flower.
And these are no exception.
Here is the description from the John Scheepers Catalog:
“A Temple of Beauty sport also known as a Lefeber Tulip, Perestroyka is a large, Lily Flowering-shaped beauty in a magical combination of currant-red and coral-orange with raspberry flames atop a sunny yellow base.”
I was surprised, and pleased, at the variety of colors here! Each flower has a slightly different coloration and combination of corals, pinks, yellow and cream. And then when they open (scroll down) they are so pretty as the petals seems to get larger and open.
Above is the true-to-color image of these lovely tulips. And below, well, I couldn’t resist a Lightroom Preset Moody-ish. Yes, these are done with a preset, but really, the colors in each flower are so varied..
And another of the Perestroyka in the kk_5 Friday preset.
Below are some Spring Green and Dordogne from John Scheepers along with Renown from Blooming Bulbs.
These are the more classic tulip shape and all flowers are fairly predictable in color combination:
I could go on and on with tulips! I love seeing them growing in the garden as much as I adore them in a vase. I tend to let them come to just about the end of their “season” outdoors before I will cut them and bring inside. But then…well…then the fun begins in photographing them.
But yes, they are rapidly fading now in my garden. So, what’s next? Hmmm. Not long until the peonies, right? And my Verbascum are looking very healthy and have doubled in size from last year (or so it seems at this point…)
See you next week with some new ideas!
So happy to see tulips!!! They are one of my favourites too! I’ve got a few daffodils blooming now – peeking out from under a new dusting of snow this morning (arrghh!). But my tulips are still about 3 weeks away. I tend to stick to traditional Appledoorn red & yellow in the back garden. But the front is a selection called Monet’s Garden – pinks, purples – I love it.
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Monet’s Garden: oh, what a perfect name! Can’t wait to see your pictures. That’s the great thing about different areas and climates: we sort of get to extend the season!
I always grow mine in pots, but a mix of tulips has become an eagerly anticipated rite of spring. You found some lovely colors and forms this year. Perestroyka is a winner for sure.
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Marian: Do you grow them in pots because of the deer? It is a problem, for sure, but I am very fortunate to have so much garden area within my fenced courtyard.
No, I grow them in pots because a circular driveway and large stoop take up a big part of my front garden and i want to use them on the stoop as a welcome. I plant several pairs with early, middle, and late blooming varieties and change them out as the flowers come into bloom.
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They are so lovely Libby – my tulips are just starting to flower so I gave a month of tulips to look forward too!! Have you grown La Belle Epoche? She is my current favourite tulip.
Loving all your pictures of La Belle Epoche. I see just where to buy it here so will save the sites. YOurs are just SO gorgeous. How is your spring? Ours is so early due to the mild winter…except that now it’s chilly and seems to be so windy every day. Ah well, it IS spring!
Love, love, love.
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I LOVE THOSE TOO…..
CAN’t GO wrong with them!
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Tulips are lovely – beautiful shape and colors and easy to grow. I’m not surprised they are Holland’s national symbol.
One of my favourite flowers too! I love tulips. Great pictures. The Spring Green one’s are simply lovely!
I got the same ones and I ended up with those same variation of more yellow streaked ones. I believe they are a Tulip variety ‘Marianne’. I tried ordering ‘Perestroyka’ last year and got the wrong ones and they were a mix of 2. I think they are having a sourcing issue.
Meredith: I just looked up the ‘Marianne’ and love it! Gorgeous. Perestroyka was hard to find, I agree but I just might try the Marianne next year. So many, many beautiful choices out there, no?