In California, tulips are usually a one year proposition, as they need colder temperatures to re-bloom. However, in California, they are the very harbinger of spring and their vibrant and varied colors give us a jolt of pleasure as they emerge after the dreariest of seasons. Darwin Hybrids are the one group of tulips that have the best chance of re-blooming if give no summer water.
Culture: Plant tulip bulbs about 3-6 inches below the surface of the soil depending on whether they are to be removed or left in the ground, and water well. I treat them as annuals and replace them every year, so I plant them shallowly to facilitate pulling them out after bloom.
Blushing Beauty is one of the tallest tulips along with Temple of Beauty whiich is a sister hybrid,
Sorbet is one of my favorite tulips as are the others on this page, but it is special because it is one of the last to bloom and has a thick, waxy petal that is long lasting as a cut flower. Red and white are also my school colors!
A wonderful parrot tulip that is late.
A sister of Blushing Beauty, tall and lovely.
Among parrot tulips, this is a favorite.
Menton has been a staple of my tulip bed every year since I found it.
Maureen as well as Menton and the tulipe below, Renown, are sports of the original tulip called Mrs. Scheepers which is yellow and grown less frequently now.
Another sport of Mrs. Scheepers.