Raspberry and plum tulip collection

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The bulbs in this collection have been specially chosen to put on a very pretty display in the late spring and early summer garden. They can be planted in the border, but can also be potted up if space is at a premium.

    Each collection contains 45 bulbs as listed below.

    Tulipa 'Angelique'
    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. Grows to 45cm tall. Supplied as 10 bulbs.

    Tulipa 'Blue Ribbon'
    A classically shaped, deep plum (not blue) coloured tulip which fades to lilac around the edges of the petals. Being a triumph tulip it is robust and has long lived flowers. Plant it up densely into pots so you can move it to a prominent spot on the patio when they are at their best. Grows to 45cm tall. Supplied as 10 bulbs.

    Tulipa 'Blue Heron'
    The violet-blue open flowers have a darker centre and an attractive pale lilac frilly edge that resembles hoar frosting. They are long lasting, either in the border or as cut flowers. Grows to 65cm tall. Supplied as 10 bulbs.

    Tulipa 'Shirley'
    Opening from creamy-green buds to beautiful single, cup-shaped blooms that turn ivory-white with narrow purple margins. The flowers appear in late spring and look great planted in bold drifts for an eye-catching display. Ideal for a sunny, sheltered, well-drained border the vibrant blooms make excellent and long-lasting cut flowers. Grows to 55cm tall. Supplied as 10 bulbs.

    Tulipa 'New Design'
    Soft, silvery-pink flowers, with a deeper pink margin to the petals, are flushed with warm yellow, creating a subtle, yet distinctive colouring. The leaves are variegated too - grey-green with a creamy white margin, which often displays muted pink tones. Overall a very pretty and colourful effect. Grows to 45cm tall. Supplied as 5 bulbs.

  • Garden care: From August to November plant the bulbs 10-15cm deep and 10-15cm apart in a sunny spot with fertile, well-drained soil. While actively growing, keep them moderately well watered and remove the flowers after they have faded. At that stage a balanced liquid fertiliser can be applied each week for 4 weeks before they die down.

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Are the bulbs British grown?

Prue

Hello, Some will be home grown in Lincolnshire, however some may also have been grown in Europe.

Helen

Can the bulbs stay in the ground to flower again year after year?

ladysevillamarmalade

Hello, Most tulips (including these) should be treated as seasonal bedding and replaced each year as they rarely perform as well in subsequent years. Alternatively, you could lift, dry and re-plant them - or opt for species tulips, which can be left in the ground to naturalise.

helen

My pear tree has orange spots on the leaves with a warty lump on the reverse.Is there an effective treatment for this fungal disease which I have noticed has appeared on many pears round and about?.I have cut all the affected leaves off, but despite doing this the disease has returned for the last few years.

Gail

Hello, This sounds like pear rust which is a fungal disease. There are currently no suitable fungicides available to treat it, but this fungus will only survive if there are juniper trees nearby. It cannot survive on dead material, so in autumn it will move to a nearby juniper to overwinter, before colonising the pears once again in spring. The best way to stop it then is to remove all the fallen pear leaves when they drop and remove the winter host - ie. cut down the junipers.

helen

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