This is my final post in a series of blogs about the tulip growing trial I conducted last winter. In this post, I will focus on the peony tulip varieties that I grew.
All of these varieties (except for Menton Unique which sold out really quickly and I had to source from another supplier) were kindly supplied by Bulbs Direct, whose generous discount made it possible for me to conduct such an extensive growing trial. It’s not too late to order tulip bulbs for planting this season but to avoid disappointment, I highly recommend placing your order when the catalogue is first launched online, as popular varieties sell out very quickly. You can sign up to their newsletters so you are notified when the catalogue is uploaded to the website. It is usually around mid-January, which is not usually a time when people are thinking about planting spring bulbs.
Last season, I grew the following varieties.
This is a very early flowering peony tulip with short stems. It is yellow in colour and is very pretty.
Double Price has short stems. It is another early flowering peony tulip variety.
This is another early flowering peony tulip. It is bright pink and is one of my all-time favourite tulips. Columbus has long stems and is perfect for picking. Highly recommended!
Wyndham is an extremely beautiful purple peony tulip. It flowers early in the season, usually around the same time as Columbus. It has long stems and looks great in a vase.
This is a mid-season peony tulip variety.
This is a late flowering peony tulip and is one of my absolute favourite varieties. Menton Unique has incredibly long stems. Highly recommended!
This is another late flowering peony tulip and is the sister to Menton Unique. Renown Unique has incredibly long stems. I recommend using a plastic floral sleeve when arranging them in a vase as they tend to flop over.
Ridgedale is a new variety which I grew for the first time last season. I was very impressed. It is a rich, red colour and is late to flower in the season. It looks beautiful in a vase.
This was the second to last of all my peony tulips (and tulips generally) to flower, around mid-September. Red Princess has short stems but looks beautiful in a smaller vase.
Orange Princess was the last to flower of all my tulips and is the sister to Red Princess. They also have short stems and are suitable for a smaller vase.