The orange lily-flowered group Tulipa Ballerina have been dancing queens yet again this year. Last year if you remember I was literally tiptoeing through these ballerina lily tulips as I was redesigning that part of the garden. Well this year those same tulips have relished the wonderful sunny days of Spring. Likewise they’ve enjoyed less tiptoeing from this gardener and hence no broken stems!
How to grow Tulipa Ballerina
As a little recap for new readers these tulip bulbs are late spring flowering. They are also perennial, and very reliable. The bulbs are scented. In fact that’s quite rare for a tulip!
I’m a bit of a lazy gardener and I don’t lift my tulip bulbs over the winter. Without fail each year some varieties of tulip decrease in number. Furthermore the Tulipa Ballerina bulbs seem to cope really well with our Perthshire winters as long as they are planted very deep. I just let them die down naturally after they have flowered. But I feed the leaves as they are dying back with a balanced liquid fertilizer for about a month.
The tulips are a very vibrant orange colour. While they have hues of cerise in the petals. However they maybe not to everyone’s colour palette. But I’m sure the late Christopher Lloyd from Great Dixter would have loved them. His books have been a great inspiration for me in regards to being brave with colour in the garden.
I can thoroughly recommend these bulbs any for UK garden. However don’t plant them in a wet or exposed location.
Now I’m breaking all the rules of photography by shooting in the midday sun. If I had waiting until the golden hour I would have had soft shadows rather than the harsh ones in two of the above photos. It’s really best to put the camera away between 11.30 am and 4 pm on sunny days like this! Or else use ‘fill in flash’ or a skim to diffuse the light.