double late tulip bulbs
More peony than late tulip - with soft double-cupped flowers in an ice-cream mixture of pink and vanilla-white - softended by a hint of lily-of-the-valley green.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: early May
- Flower colour: pink
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 11/12
Delicate, soft pink, double, bowl-shaped flower, flushed with both paler and darker shades of pink in April and May. From a distance, you could easily mistake these tulips for peonies and they are usually one of the last tulip into flower - so a good one to choose if you want to extend a bedding display.
- Garden care: In September to December plant bulbs 15-20cm deep and 10-15cm apart in fertile, well-drained soil. Alternatively, allow 7-9 bulbs per 30cm sq. After flowering dead-head and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser each week for the first month. Once the foliage has died down naturally lift the bulbs and store in a cool greenhouse.
- Harmful if eaten/may cause skin allergy
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Q:I adore these tulips. However, last year I planted over 50 miscellaneous tulip bulbs and every single one was dug up and taken by squirrels. What can I do to prevent a reoccurrance with this years purchases?Asked on 7/23/2013 by star girl from edinburgh
Squirrels can be a real nuisance when it comes to bulbs. We do have a couple of deterrent available - please click on the following link to go straight to them.
I find however that the best method is to plant the bulbs in a deep hole and then back-fill with a little soil. Then lay a piece of metal chicken wire over the top of that and finish back-filling. The bulbs will be able to grow through the chicken wire (don't choose one that has a very small gauge) and if the squirrels dig down, they will hit the wire and may be deterred.
Good luck!Answered on 7/24/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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