The dark maroon petals can appear black and are quite stunning. I bought a pack of twelve but only seven have appeared, it wouldn't have mattered so much had I followed through my idea of planting them alongside a cream tulip, which I thought would bring their colour out even more, but I never got round to buying any other tulips last year.
I have red and yellow tulips in my front garden, they've been flowering for quite some time now, they seem to last for ages. Tulips often only flower for a year or two before giving up but these were in the garden before we moved in, and we've been here now for over twenty two years. They've done well.
|Please ignore the cleavers, the garden's well overdue a weed.|
I can never resist taking a photo of the insides of tulips, they come out looking like a kaleidoscope.
These are huge, blousy blooms but they seem to hold their own no matter what the weather throws at them. I wish I knew what variety they are.
Not so pretty at the moment is my plum tree. It was covered in blossom and I was hopeful of a large harvest but the leaves are all distorted and I think it's probably a victim of leaf curl which is caused by plum leaf-curling aphids. At least the apple trees are looking good, touch wood!