This is my final blog post about the single flowering tulip varieties that I grew last season. It is not quite my final post about the tulip trial that I conducted last spring, as I still have to cover the peony and parrot varieties that I grew. Nearly all the tulips in my growing trial come from the mail order bulbs supplier Bulbs Direct, whose generous discount made it possible to conduct an incredibly extensive trial spanning 49 different varieties. If you haven’t ordered tulip bulbs yet, there’s still time to do so. I used to plant mine towards the end of May but you can even plant them until around mid-June, which is what I did last year as I received my order a bit later than usual as the owner had to self-isolate and was unable to send my order out until he returned to work. I think I had my best tulip season ever last year, so planting a bit later than usual must have worked well.
In this blog post, I will cover both bicolour and the princess tulips.
Last season, I grew the following bicolour single flowering tulips
Out of all the bicolour tulips I grew, Dow Jones is probably my favourite. It has short stems and is really pretty. The red and yellow contrast is incredibly striking. It flowers early in the season.
Leen Van Der Mark
This variety is similar to Dow Jones in colouring, but has longer stems. It is also an early flowering bicolour single tulip.
Karlijn is an early flowering bicolour tulip with medium stems. It resembles Dow Jones and Leen Van Der Mark in colouring.
This is a mid-season variety with medium stems. Flaming Kiss has quite an unusual colouring compared to other tulips I have grown, both in this trial and prior to that.
The Princess tulips
I grew the following two Princess tulips:
Princess Irene flowered late in the season, in early September. It is very pretty and has short stems.
Pretty Princess flowered around the same time as Princess Irene. It has very short stems too, but looks lovely in a vase like Princess Irene.