Tulipa sylvestris / Fragrant Tulips

Nils Hasenbein via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Sat, 27 Mar 2021 13:05:53 PDT
Dear all,

we had quite turbulent weather today, starting with a cold morning with 
clear blue sky and several heavy rains with snow and hail. Day after 
tomorrow, we expect +20 °C, end of next week, nights below 0 again. 
April weather.

Still, I had a short stroll through the garden when the sun came out, 
and spring is almost here. Several years after planting, Anemone 
nemorosa has finally begun to feel at home below our hedge and will 
flower in a day or two - I'll have to visit the large populations in the 
forests soon, it's my favorite time of the year in our forests -, the 
second wave of daffodils were simply glowing in the sun, and all pots 
are looking just fine and get going. Any bet, there will be the first 
lily beetle somewhere on my plants on monday.

Tulip buds are emerging, from pots as well as from the ground, and I was 
wondering: Does anybody know whether there have been breeding efforts 
with T. sylvestris? I saw and smelled it some year ago in a museum 
garden, and went to order some as soon as possible, but I am pretty sure 
the plants there looked slightly different from what I got, a little 
more reddish and a with slightly more slender and elegant buds. It might 
be ssp. australis, but as I never saw the subspecies for sale, this 
would be odd.

Maybe I just remember them even more beautiful as they actually are ... 
Now, the museum has been closed since almost a year due to COVIV, so I 
can't go and have a look, or even ask for a bulb.

As I am very fond of flowers with pleasant smells, I am looking for 
other scented species tulips and tulip varieties. I am curious - what 
are your favorite scented tulips?


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