Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
For 2010 there are numerous new bulbs that are suitable for cutting gardens. The following varieties make good cut flowers.
Tulip Play Girl is a delightful addition to the White Triumph tulip line up. This has the most exquisite coloring I’ve seen in a tulip. It is so graceful and refined. The petals are pure ivory with red around the edges. The stems are tall enough for cut flowers—up to 1 1˝ feet in height. This is one of the late blooming tulips. If forced into bloom early, this would be a good choice for Valentine’s Day and Christmas.
Matchpoint tulip is a multiflowered, fringed tulip. It has lovely full double blooms. The stems are a foot tall. These will be very good for spring floral designs, especially for the holidays, such as Mother’s Day and Easter.
Orange Princess tulip is one of the Double Late group of tulips. This has very large, fully double bicolor flowers. Around a foot in height, this has pastel orange petals with purple shading. This is a good variety for forcing.
Spryng is a new Triumph tulip. This has large, pure red petals. This variety is very good for forcing. These stems are a little over a foot in height.
TeleTubby tulip is a new hot colored tulip. This has vivid reddish-orange petals with yellow centers. These are single blooms. This is named Teletubby because it was christened by Anne Wood, who created the television series, Teletubbies. This variety is very suitable for forcing. The cut stems are over a foot in height.
Tulips are used as a mass flower in floral designs. They have a medium texture. The stems have a vase life of about a week. Tulip stems should be harvested when most all of the entire flower begins to show color. In the cutting garden, tulips need full sun and a well drained soil.
Pink Double Dandy peony has gorgeous blooms that can be fully double to semi-double. When the buds first open the petals are deep lavender with yellow centers. Then the lavender changes to pink. The stems are about two feet or so in height.
Yellow Double Dandy peony is another in this series. This one has fully double blooms that are extremely large. These can reach eight inches in diameter. The petals are pure yellow and have a delicious fragrance. Both of these peony varieties are hardy in zone four through eight.
In floral designs peonies are used as a large mass flower. They last for about a week. Peony stems are ready to harvest when the first true color shows up on the top of the bud.
Peonies grow well in partial shade and full sun. They prefer a slightly acid soil. They’re adapted to most any type of soil provided it is well drained.