white tulips.....WHY? (more than usually waffling)
Yes, I know this should be on the bulb forum but I find that the ARF has a willingness to be rather more discursive and tangential, happy to step outside the narrow parameters of just old roses. So......why would anyone plant a white or pale pink tulip? If you want that, then you go with paeonies, right? You surely wouldn't consider an orange paeony, would you? I wondered about this question of colour choices and consider it has an application for roses too. Follow my (vague) reasoning (ahem)- tulips, although spring bulbs, are sunlovers, exotic and luscious, looking at their very best when sunlit on an open Persian hillside or shining out under a hot asian sun. I find that, season after season, I am selecting the deep reds, the oranges, bronze, golden, fuschia and purple tulips instead of the pale primrose yellows, whites and soft blush pinks. Same with dahlias - why pick a white dahlia instead of the lush claret tones of Arabian Night? Everything about these plants screams heat, bright and grahically delineated. On a sidenote, it occurs to me that one of the problems of the temporary nature of tulips, apart from the obvious winter chill requirements, is a slight misconception that because they are bulbs....which grow in the spring, then they are happy in the same environment as narcissi or bluebells. Where a pale and ethereal tulip would indeed, shine out (for one season).
It occured to me that I am operating under a similar restriction with roses too- finding orange or scarlet and even golden yellow roses somehow an affront to nature, inappropriate and just plain wrong. Even single roses have a fluffiness and softness which is epitomised in the paler subtle tones of the pallette (Yes, I know, there will be furious rebuttals of this blanket statement but I do think it is worth the debate). I know many of you have a similar sensibility because the mention of the mythical blue rose always creates numerous responses. So, those of you who do consciously attempt to maintain some colour choices, how open-minded are you or do you just feel, maybe somewhat idiosyncratically, that some colours are just wrong, wrong, wrong.
I seem to have some odd prejudice against orange but what is a garden the colours of tithonias, heleniums and, yes, tulips.