festival of spring #5

The first of many of my tulips this year – these go back to being planted in 2016 and are Tulipa ‘Whittallii’ a bulbous perennial, to 30cm tall, bearing cup-shaped flowers in spring. Pointed, burnt orange to reddish petals are pale yellow on the outside and have a blackish-olive blotch at the base of each petal that forms a dark circle at the centre of the cup. They have come back every year since from the same container which has never been emptied. Time perhaps for a change of compost this year!

Shown above with a perennial wallflower in similar colours.

Tulipa orphanidea Whittallii Group

I am going to join in with Dawn’s Festival of Spring which will last for 10 -12 weeks in celebration of this season.


  1. These are the most beautiful colour.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Little Amber globes

  2. margaret21 says:

    A spring festival indeed.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sadly these are over already, but more to come.

  3. restlessjo says:

    Very delicate and lovely. Viseu was a symphony of tulips!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Are you tempted to move north? I assume it is cooler along the Atlantic, better for the summer?

      1. restlessjo says:

        That’s why Hilary moved. It seems to have a temperate climate but we’ll wait and see what the winter brings. Not tempted to move anywhere yet. It’s too unsettling πŸ€—πŸ’Ÿ

  4. These are so beautiful!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They have done well, but it might be time to plant them into the ground if I can find room.

  5. A gorgeous colour and a happy celebration of warmer weather.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not that warm, only around 13 degrees in Cornwall 😊

  6. beetleypete says:

    Nice Tulips, Jude. One of our favourite flowers.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      My garden is a mass of tulips at the moment. So colourful.

  7. Why dump out the planter if you really like those tulips? Perhaps move it around in your garden for different perspectives each year.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They have been in the same pot for years, they might bulk up more in the ground, or at least have some fresh compost!

  8. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Such a lovely shade

  9. Ann Mackay says:

    Love the way the light makes the petals glow in the last image.

  10. Dawn Palmer says:

    Beautiful tulip photos!

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