cornwall in colours: copper

Some of my favourite tulips bought over recent years have been those with coppery tones – burnt orange, burnished copper, sunset colours. Ballerina, below, is probably my favourite. A tall, elegant lily-flowered tulip with a citrus fragrance. And one that regularly comes back year after year. I bought another 10 bulbs for this year and these will be replanted in fresh compost in October.

Brown Sugar and Cairo are very similar looking flowers and both have a faint caramel scent. Cairo has more of a smoky brown interior and was bought as part of the Brandy Snap collection from Sarah Raven in 2018.

Some like the Whittallii group (the small ones above) will also naturalise. These start off golden yellow before darkening to a coppery orange.

By planting tulips in single colours and in separate containers allows you to move them around to create different colour combinations. I am quite liking the orange tones with the new red tulips I bought this year. Lasting Love in particular matures to a very dark purple-red tone.

Whilst we are confined to #StayAtHome I will be posting photos from around my house and garden to hopefully cheer us all up.


  1. Colline says:

    The colour is absolutely stunning.

  2. lolaWi says:

    absolutely gorgeous! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. Oh, those are wonderful, especially the top photo.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, when the sun shines through they look like lanterns.

  4. Cee Neuner says:

    These tulips definitely cheer me up πŸ˜€

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh good! I know that you love tulips too.

  5. What a beautiful colour! So striking.

  6. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Wow – what colours. Those tulips keep on giving

    1. Heyjude says:

      They certainly do, and I am not finished yet!

  7. pommepal says:

    I love orange and copper shades so I think these would be my favourite

  8. Beautiful flowers!
    Nice photos! πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you 😊

  9. Ali, The Mindful Gardener says:

    I was just thinking earlier today how many orange tulips I like; I think you have featured all my favourites here! They also often seem to be scented. Beautiful photos as always, Jude.

    1. Ali, The Mindful Gardener says:

      Silly me. You already noted the scent!

    2. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Ali. Your posts on tulips have been a big influence on what I have bought.

  10. So beautiful, Jude. 😍

    1. Heyjude says:

      My favourite colours.

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