Monday, May 14, 2012

How can you not like tulips?

Yes - amazingly there are some people who don't like tulips! My partner for one and maybe he'll attempt to justify this strange aversion!  For some years I have worked with Nottingham in Bloom designing the displays for the public parks and traffic islands. The weather this spring has been so awful that I haven't been out exploring the parks and had quite forgotten that I had designed these schemes - perhaps I can be forgiven, they were designed 12 months ago! Anyway with the cool weather, the tulips have been slow to develop and now in mid May, the displays are still looking good!

The arboretum is a traditional Victorian Park with a bandstand, aviary, lake and geometric flower garden. This one is fun to design as one can absolutely revel in strong colours and bold patterns in the geometric beds.

The Arboretum Flower Garden

Tulip 'Atilla', Erysimum 'Apricot Twist' and Heuchera 'Plum Royale'

Tulip 'Dordogne' again with Erysimum 'Apricot Twist'

I was also delighted to find a flowering specimen of Davidia involucrata, the handkerchief tree, which I had never noticed before. Tricky to photograph as all the blooms were too high, which possibly explains my previous lack of observation!

Davidia involucrata
The flower garden at Wollaton Hall is more difficult. The beds have an obscure historic meaning but their odd shapes bear no relation to each other and the clipped golden yew shapes restrict the colour schemes. Its also exposed and cold, and if the deer from the adjacent grazing areas get in, its a major disaster!

Wollaton Hall Flower Garden
Tulip 'Blushing Lady' with Cheiranthus 'Sunset Purple'
Tulip 'Recreado'

Tulip 'Peach Blossom', Myosotis 'Rosylva' and a Euphorbia.

Just yesterday I also visited an open garden which had some simple associations of tulips - nothing spectacular, but who can fail to like them? Apologies but I don't know the names of these ones. The red and yellow in this next picture is rather splendid!

More about this spectacular garden in the next post!

1 comment:

  1. They are looking good, considering its almost mid May. On most years the display have gone past their best by the end of April.