The mighty tulip.....

We grew more varieties than ever before this year and what a crop we've had! They were very late to flower because of the cold weather we had in March. Then the sun came out in full force in April and they all flowered in the space of two weeks! 

Tulips are the ultimate low maintenance flower to grow. You plant the bulbs in November/December and you don't to do a thing to them until it's time to cut them in March/April.

To plant our tulips we dug long trenches, about 20cm deep and and laid the bulbs (with their tips pointing upwards) almost touching each other in neat rows. They look like eggs in a carton. Once planted we watered well, allowing the trench to fill half way. Once watered we covered the trenches with soil and compost. 

Tulips grow really well in containers and pots as well as in flower beds. And they come back the following year if you leave them in the soil. Another reason why everyone should have tulips in their life!

Our favourite varieties this year were Black hero, Belle epoque, Rem's favourite and Triumphator.

 Belle Epoque

Belle Epoque

 Black hero and Rem's favourite.

Black hero and Rem's favourite.

 Elegant Lady

Elegant Lady

 Planting the bulbs

Planting the bulbs