Tulip: Exotic Emperor

Isn’t this a beauty. I planted this container up late last autumn – unlike other spring bulbs tulips are best planted in November. I’d spotted the variety in the Sarah Raven catalogue but bought the bulbs locally.

It’s a fosterina variety so I should be in with a chance of the bulbs lasting at least a few years (I’m feeding the pot weekly now it’s in bloom). The stems are shorter than some tulips, so they suit pots and stand up to poor weather. We had a hailstorm the other night which flattened a swathe of “yellow cheerfulness” narcissi, but this pot was unscathed.

The flowers are creamy rather than the pure white you get with pureissima, but they open up like peonies. The’re extraordinary in bud too – little green and cream globes. I love it!


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