I have been out working in our London garden this evening. With a gentle rain falling the air is filled with the scent of fern and box, both wonderful, unmistakable fragrances. Glowing in the fading light are two equally unmistakable tulips, T. ‘Spring Green’ and its red-streaked sport, T. ‘Flaming Spring Green’. Both are classified as Viridiflora tulips because of their distinctive green markings. They look exquisite together, or alongside plain white or red varieties.
I planted them closely in large terracotta pots on the terrace by the pond, where they promise to give us a supercharged display for several weeks. Positioned in light shade they will last just that little bit longer. I don’t know about you, but I am completely beguiled by these lovely tulip varieties and will be growing them again next year, alongside T. ‘White Triumphator’ and T. ‘Red Shine’.