November 7th, 2014 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments
November is the ideal time to plant tulips. This later planting season helps protect the bulbs from the main tulip disease, tulip fire, which is much less active as the weather becomes colder. And tulip flowers from November plantings are just as lovely as from bulbs planted earlier.
So now’s the time and one special tulip to look out for this year is ‘Timeless’ (below left, click to enlarge). This variety was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley back in the spring (above, click to enlarge). It was part of a spectacular display of tulips that proved a huge draw for visitors in April and May and every visitor had a chance to vote for their favourite variety.
With more than 340 different tulips on display, some dating back to 1569, the astonishing floral spectacle generated a passionate response from more than 2000 visitors. When the votes were counted ‘Timeless’ topped the poll.
“‘Timeless’ has the classic tulip flower shape,” said RHS Trials Development Manager Mark Heath. “When mature it boasts beautiful lipstick-red petals with a defined white margin. Its sturdy, strong stems can withstand many a spring wind and ‘Timeless’ also makes an ideal cut flower due to its long vase life.
“It’s only when visitors to RHS Garden Wisley saw the amazing spectacle of more than 300 different tulips in bloom that they really began to appreciate the work breeders have undertaken over hundreds of years to create the many forms and colours of tulip we enjoy today.”