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Tulips 2021- Thank You!!

Thanks to our lovely supporters we have hit, and exceeded, our target to ensure we can buy our spring bulbs next year!

Whoopee! That really is a great relief to our gardeners, who are always thinking seasons and seasons ahead.

Your help now, and in the future, really will make a difference to the Gardens’ survival.

Did you know it costs over £550 per day Рevery day of the year to keep the Gardens running smoothly, so knowing our plant purchases for next year are safe really helps. Thanks again.

The Gardeners have just taken delivery of the summer bedding for this year- from our excellent local professional supplier Baginton’s.

The cosmos, zinnia, salvia, pelargoniums etc are all looking bright and full of vigour – our visitors may have missed Spring – lets hope Summer is not lost.

Without our regular volunteers it will take a little longer for these to go in, though. We also lost all our nursery and propagation spaces 18 months ago when the hotel decided it wanted to nullify a license agreement – so the plants are distributed around in tiny space and we have nowhere to propagate many of our own plants these days ūüôĀ

Looking back and looking forward:

 

 

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wild wild tulips

As well as some delightful period tulips and daffodils in the Gardens we have, this year, introduced the ‘wild tulip’ … the mummy of all those later fancy ones.

Tulipa sylvestris, known as the ‘wild’ or ‘florentine’ tulip is a species tulip noted ‘somewhere in Italy’ ¬†as¬†early as 1594. Our suppliers Thomas Etty esq describes it thus

“Violet scented almond-shaped lemon yellow flowers in mid April. Naturalises well in grass. Said, by some, to have first travelled to these shores attached upon the roots of grape vines brought from Italy by the Romans.”

Volunteers have been deadheading  the daffs along the Holly Walk bank revealing the wild tulips and allowing them to make their mark. A really special addition to the month.

Other varieties of note this year are;

  • the jolly scarlet and yellow of Kaiserkroon (‘kings crown’) from 1620,
  • the 16th century double white poeticus plenus and pheasants eye
  • and of the later varieties we have sneaked in – Queen of the Night tulip (pre 1939) and¬†Rinjveld’s Early Sensation daff., 1926.

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