Shirley Tulips

Tulip ‘Shirley’ bloomed just ahead of Tulip ‘Moulin Rouge’ which extends the season. Photos are in sequence showing the progression of bloom.

Muscari armeniacum planted with the tulips bloomed ahead of everybody else,
but lasted to the end. Sometimes Muscari reblooms.
Shirley opens a pale cream. A thin line of purple appears.
 
Shirley and Muscari
As the flower matures, the lines of purple broaden.
Toward the end of bloom, the purple blush spreads.
Moulin Rouge just coming into bloom behind Shirley.
Shirley was chilled in a dedicated refrigerator for 10 weeks.
I planted bulbs at the end of December which is usual for the Coastal South
if one is brave enough to plant tulips in the face of possible early heat..
Weather was perfect for bulbs. I did not have to water and there was
winter chill all through early winter.
A look down the throats of a line of Shirley.

 A bag of trumpet daffodils I bought at a big box store are coming into bud, late for here because I did not chill them. Poppy seeds I scattered after the bulb bed was planted are not noticeable in photos but are coming along to hide maturing bulb foliage.

Had I not won these bulbs, there would have been no tulips here this year because I had decided Tulips were too much trouble and subject to pitfalls like voles and tulip fire disease. These turned out so well, I may plant some dark purples (my favorite) next season.

When reading about Tulips, Single Late are always mentioned as being most suitable for the Deep South. My experience is that Triumph tulips perform equally well, if not better, in my garden.

These tulips were given to me by Longfield Gardens as a result of my entering a giveaway on Facebook. Writing about them on my blog was not a condition of my receiving them.

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