Tulipa sprengeri

johngrimshaw@tiscali.co.uk johngrimshaw@tiscali.co.uk
Mon, 14 Jun 2004 22:29:44 PDT
Jim McKenney wrote:
As for Tulipa sprengeri, it is gradually colonizing my entire garden
> and becoming a weed, but I don't care. I like it. It's easy from
> seed; don't waste your money on expensive bulbs.
> There is a "Trotter's Form" but just how it differs from the more
> usual strain I do not know.

'Trotter's Form' is much bigger than the normal one, supposedly standing up
to 3 feet high. I have not seen it in flower, but I have some capsules here
that are 6 cm long. They came from Elizabeth Parker-Jervis, nee Trotter, who
tells me that it appeared in the garden of her father, Dick Trotter (one
time Treasurer of the Royal Horticultural Society), and that it was E.A.
Bowles who advised its selection and naming. She has obviously kept the
stock pure, but whether that is generally the case I cannot say. I have
young bulbs of it from her, so I await flowers with great interest. From the
size of the capsules I hazard a guess that it is a tetraploid.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

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