Wordless Wednesday – Sun Bliss and the Wild Tulips

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Gazing into the dazzling face of a wild tulip, Tulipa sylvestris (and friend)

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The pointy yellow flowers have a tendency to cowlicked petals when closed, while their outer spines can be feathered with green or sometime red.

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They appear strangely mobile, typically hanging their heads as the wait for the warmth of the sun.

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With a little solar encouragement the flowers open to full, scorching effect.

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Tulipa sylvestris is fairly short (~25cm) and naturalizes well in rough grass. The flowers are scented (lemons apparently). When the grass is dry I’ll give them a sniff!

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6 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Sun Bliss and the Wild Tulips

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely gems en masse!

  2. shoreacres says:

    How weird is it that I’ve never considered the possibility of wild tulips? These are beautiful!

    • I’d never seen/heard of them until three years ago when they planted them en masse in the pleasure grounds at Wimpole (NT) for the ‘June in Bloom’ Festival. They made quite a statement, if a bit early!

  3. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous grown en masse like this.

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