Updated: May 17
In this journal series, we will showcase a selection of our garden-grown flower varieties, musing on their unique character and putting a spotlight on their many beautiful attributes.
Current favourite: Tulip "Belicia"
Goes well with: aquilegia, tulip la belle epoque, sweet rocket, white lilac, feather grass
Why we love it: A rare beauty
A 'double' tulip has more than one set of petals and those extra petals can dramatically change the look of one of the world's most iconic flowers creating some particularly beautiful varieties. Tulip "Belicia" is the ultimate speciality tulip and a true collectors' item with its ruffled volume and magical, colour-changing petals. This double variety is large and rose-like; you won’t find them in every catalogue and you certainly won’t see them in many gardens.
At first, the petals are green and yellow with a carmine-red lined edge which bleeds onto the petal like tissue dipped in pink ink. Over time the yellow-green gradually softens to white as the red markings work their way through the petal, turning a softer pink as they go, a seeping movement of transforming colour. As the colours develop so does its shape. What starts out as a tight ball of yellow and red, becomes a wide rosette of curling pink and white. This is truly one of the most dynamic and painterly flowers I have ever experienced, its transmutability is like magic, a mood ring. Scroll through the images below to see the petals gradually transforming over time.
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