This week, I’m going to be very busy planting all my tulip bulbs. The New Zealand mail order company Bulbs Direct kindly sent me a selection of their tulips to grow in our garden and follow up on their progress in my blog, newsletter and on social media. Together, we would like to demonstrate that with some care, it is possible to grow tulips in warmer climates with mild winters.
I prefer single tulips to the other kinds you can get, such as lily, peony and parrot. But it’s a matter of personal preference. The single varieties I am growing this year are London (red), Strong Gold (yellow), Snow Board (white), Clearwater (white), Hakuun (white) and Golden Parade (yellow). All of the images of these bulbs were taken from Bulbs Direct’s website. I don’t have my own photographs as it is my first time growing these varieties. I’ll have to make sure I take lots of photos in late spring!
I was very lucky that Bulbs Direct chilled these bulbs for me during lockdown, so they only needed a further two weeks in the fridge before they could be planted out into the garden. Thank you for doing this Bulbs Direct!
I have put together some tips for planting tulips in warm climates.