In a Pot on Monday. Tulip Time.

I couldn’t bring myself to cut my tulips for a vase so I have adapted Cathy‘s Monday meme to be in a pot instead of a vase. I planted  sunset colours in pots, I wanted them all in one big pot but I didn’t have one big enough. They are all sitting on a table outside my window and I have enjoyed watching them come into bloom. There are still plenty of buds to open.


These are the tulips I used. ‘Jimmy’ ‘Cairo’, the delicious ‘Brown Sugar’ which I first saw on my friend Christina’s blog a few years ago. ‘Jaap Groot’ is lemon edged with ivory. The two double ones are ‘Sun Lover’ and the delicate peachy tulip ‘Charming Lady’.

Tulip Sun Lover’

Tulip ‘Charming Lady’

Tulip ‘Jimmy’

‘Brown Sugar’ with ‘Cairo’ and ‘Jimmy’

Tulip ‘Brown Sugar’

Tulip ‘Jaap Groot’

In another pot I have a viridiflora called tulip ‘flaming Spring Green’ which would probably be lovely in a vase if I could bear to pick it.

Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’

Well now I have rather adapted the rules of the meme to have flowers on pots instead of arranged in a vase I might as well take you down the garden to look at some tulips planted in the ground because they are looking stunning right now.


Still in the sunset shades we have Tulip ‘Daydream’ which looks lovely with the striking Tulip ‘Abu Hassan’ which is deep red with a yellow edge.

Tulip ‘Daydream’

Tulip ‘Abu Hassan’

And if its pinks you like then how about lovely soft pink Tulip ‘Gabriella’?

Tulip ‘Gabriella’

Or the gorgeous fringed Tulip ‘Gorilla’?

Tulip ‘Gorilla’

Or for a really luscious tulip which looks as if it should be served up with raspberries for dessert Tulip ‘Hemisphere’ is stunning.

Tulip ‘Hemisphere’

‘National Velvet’ is a gleaming maroon red .

Tulip ‘National Velvet’

The trouble with tulips is they have no staying power and after a year or two they dwindle away. I have found  the lily -flowered Tulip ‘West Point’  stays around for a few years.

Tulip ‘West Point’

But the most persistent  in my garden is one that was here when I came and it has  spread all round. It is a large yellow Darwin called ‘Golden Apeldoorn’  and it  looks lovely with brunnera and forgetmenots.

Tulip ‘Golden Apeldoorn’

The flowers  are black inside.

Tulip ‘Golden Apeldoorn’

I have lots of red Darwins  which increase happily too.

Thank you Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting In a Vase On Monday. I am sorry I cheated a bit today and there is no sign of a vase. I do have vases in the house full of Spanish bluebells but my tulips are much more exciting.

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23 Responses to In a Pot on Monday. Tulip Time.

  1. Noelle says:

    Having seen your lovely tulips, I wondered why I did not grow many…perhaps it is because come autumn, I can’t remember where the gaps are. Maybe I ought to make notes now?

  2. Lucy Corrander says:

    I would think a vase and a pot are pretty much the same thing! Lovely.

  3. bcparkison says:

    So pretty. Now…do you dig them or leave them? this is the first year I have tried to grow tulips..in a pot the way T.Allen said do , and even though they all came up only two bloomed. ???

  4. Your tulips are glorious.

  5. Cathy says:

    Don’t allow us to go into pots as well, Chloris. I have a hard enough time with my vase! The tulips are glorious – thanks for sharing them. I’ve found that ‘Westpoint’ persists, as does ‘Queen of the Night’, ‘Sorbet’, ‘China Pink’ and one that I can’t buy anymore (would like to) from Peter Nyssen, called ‘Sweet Impression’. I got the ‘Brown Sugar’ bug from Christina as well, but unfortunately P.Nyssen weren’t supplying it in 2019. I am without and have to enjoy yours instead.

  6. Cathy says:

    I am never sure about mixed colours like these in pots but I can see that it works well and the idea of them in a great big pot is quite appealing (just needs a big pot, as you have found yourself!). I especially like Sun Lover and have made a note of that for next year. Your various clumps look lovely too, and if you can build up a collection of the ones that will reliably come back then this area can only get prettier each year – what part of the garden are they in? Thanks for taking the time to join today, Chloris

  7. Kris Peterson says:

    It seems we’ve entered the time of year when I start suffering from severe flower envy. Susie started it off with her peonies and now there are your tulips, Chloris. My small success with species tulips only wets my appetite for big, beautiful tulips but after years of buying and chilling bulbs only to have our Santa Ana winds take out the flowers before they bloom, I must quell my ambitions when it comes to tulips. ‘Charming Lady’ took my breath away!

  8. Brian Skeys says:

    Fergus Garrett wrote an article about which tulips were perennial at Great Dixter, the Darwin types were one. I think if you search the Internet you can still find it. I do find it interesting how the tulips can vary between suppliers, my Abu Hassan has much less yellow colouring than yours.

  9. Anna says:

    What a splash of colour Chloris and such beauties too. I bought myself to cut one single tulip for my vase today but have only a paltry number compared to your multitudes. You have certainly captured the colours of sunset.

  10. ecopoet says:

    Wonderful colours – Iam in a cold hemisphere
    So appreciate the burst of colourful life, eco 🍃

  11. Cathy says:

    All that colour is so cheering and just beautiful! I also think pots of tulips are a great idea and can be moved around to where they are visible. 😃

  12. Always an inspiration, Brown Sugar is on my list and now Hemisphere is too, what a wonder!

  13. Annette says:

    Absolutely gorgeous tulip collection – must remember to get some Brown sugar this year. Hope all is well with you, have a good week xx

  14. Gorgeous!! makes you want to stay at home and look out the window. I think Charming Lady is my favorite. How aggravating they are so short lived.

  15. tonytomeo says:

    That is the way to go; In a pot on Monday. I would not want to cut them either.

  16. Eliza Waters says:

    They’re like party decorations! Beautiful!

  17. Wonderful. You’ve got so many winners that I haven’t got that I’m getting quite put out. ‘Abu Hassan’, ‘National Velvet’, ‘Daydream’ … Our big hybrid tulips have yet to bloom, but there are lots of fat buds out there … now if only the rabbits will leave them alone.

  18. snowbird says:

    What a beautiful array of tulips. My favourite was Charming Lady although Flaming Spring Green grabbed my attention, how unusual. My tulips are forever disappearing, so I will have to look out for West Point and Golden Apeldoorn. xxx

  19. pbmgarden says:

    Who needs a vase! These are beautiful. I remember Brown Sugar on Christina’s blog also.

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