I’m really pleased with the tulips I grew in pots this year. This is one of a pair of large pots I planted in layers using tulips, narcissi and crocus, topped off with pansies. The pansies bloomed through the January snow and are still going strong.
I also planted my empty runner bean troughs with narcissi and pink tulips (Tulipa Dynasty I think)
The narcissi have now gone over and the tulips began to flop in that lovely way they do in a vase. Their heads got a little too close to new puppy’s teeth, so I decided to beat him to it and cut them for the house.
I can now study them from all angles
and thanks to a missing petal even as a cross section.
If I need the pots for summer planting I usually take out the tulips and dry them in the shed (not sure it works if you’ve cut the flowers off in their prime?!). If I happen across them sometime in the autumn I then pop them in around the garden, hence I have a few odd blooms dotted about the beds from years gone by.
This patch of glorious red tulips has been growing in this spot for more years than I can remember, I love them even when they are on their last legs.
If I’ve planted the bulbs in a pot with a shrub I tend to leave them be and forget about them; this little beauty was a lovely surprise.