“Brown sugar how come you taste so good?” So sang the Rolling Stones. I doubt Mick Jagger was referring to this Triumph tulip with its caramel tones and butterscotch highlights. Sugary? Yes. Brown? No. Tasty? Definitely not! There are descriptions that call out the blooms’ earthy tones, but my eyes only see hints of rose-pink, coppery orange and Egyptian gold. My nose, on the other hand, can detect a modicum of muscovado, or perhaps it’s an updraft of demerara issuing from the open flowers.
A strong-stemmed, tall tulip, “Brown Sugar” can stand its own in the border or in a pot. It’s a wonderful partner for other oranges and for purples and plums, combining brilliantly with crown imperials. The blooms last and last in cool weather and as a cut flower, and are resistant to wind and rain, which is always helpful in the UK. They will eventually fade to a light-catching parchment colour at the edges. A thoroughbred amongst tulips, like The Rolling Stones it will stand the test of time, albeit it ageing a little more gracefully 😉
Bulbs of Tulipa “Brown Sugar” are widely available from late summer. I purchased mine from Sarah Raven and will be going back for more.
Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend. TFG