Tulip delights, Tulipa 'Little Princess' & T. batalinii

Antennaria@aol.com Antennaria@aol.com
Sun, 23 Apr 2006 18:48:53 PDT
Hi Mary Sue and purveyors of tulips, 

Thanks for sharing the photographic journal of Tulipa 'Little Princess'.  
It's fun to see who the same cultivar grows in very different parts of the world, 
in very different climates.  Your plants look striking, and definitely a bit 
darker red than mine... surely based on climatic differences.  Will you need 
to give them a "chill treatment" each year to get them to bloom.  How do you 
chill them and for how long?

My Tulipa 'Little Princess' are just showing buds, which will probably bloom 
in 3-4 days.  Currently we're finally getting some cold soaking rain after one 
of the driest spring seasons in recent memory.

Your two photos of Tulipa batalinii are striking too. Your plants probably 
represent one of the cultivars (hybrids with red T. linifolia) based on the 
strong orange tinge to the blooms... looking very much like the cultivar 'Bronze 
Charm', rather than straight T. batalinii which is solid yellow.  Gorgeous just 
the same.

Mark McDonough Pepperell, Massachusetts, United States 
antennaria@aol.com "New England" USDA Zone 5
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