Talking Tulips. Willow's Top Ten.

Choosing tulip bulbs can take me days, sometimes weeks of deliberation.  Do I want stripy, miss-matched madness again? (more than likely.)  Or maybe a change this time and we go for something soft; some calming pastels, a sea of whites? But then I do Iove colour so surely something stronger and bolder would be best... a vibrant Venetian mix would be very life-enhancing  ...  Maybe this year,  I make my life easier and go for an already-designed collection?  But that’s too easy and surely I should come up with my own fabulous concoction?  As I said, it takes weeks.

If you have endless bulb catalogues stacked up on your kitchen table like I do, you’ll be aware that time is ticking and we’re going to need to get the bulbs in the ground soonish  - but unlike daffodils and hyacinths, we have got until November to plant  - but then there’s the risk having made the list that your chosen ones are out of stock.   I’ve whittled down my favourites hoping it might make your decision-making slightly easier.
Sarah Raven is always my first port of call.   They may be more expensive than other suppliers but there is a reason for this. Most growers leave their bulbs in the soil for two years to mature; Sarah leaves hers in for a whole year longer which makes them stronger, bigger and better quality than many.  She’s very kindly given us a discount code WC22TUL which will provide 20% off everything in the Sarah Raven range until 2nd October 2022.
Other trusted suppliers are De Jaeger, Farmer Gracy and Parkers Wholesale.

My top 10 Tulip bulbs:

Estella Van Rinjveld.  A mad red and white striped parrot.

Spring Green

Flaming Parrot


Black Parrot

China Town

Doll’s Minuet

Purple Doll

Mystic Van eijk

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