Mystery Tulips

These tulips have spread this year, and are a real spectacle again…. shame I don’t know their name!


I usually keep packets and labels, but with no system and some always get mislaid! Do you have any tips on how to record the names of your plants, and especially bulbs?


32 thoughts on “Mystery Tulips

  1. Cathy, your mystery tulips are beautiful. I keep a list of all the plants in a text file. Then I use it to label all (well almost all) my photos of the garden. I put out plastic labels this week when I planted some Anemone and found it tonight several feet away from where they’re planted. I think the birds must have wanted to incorporate the tag into a nest, but gave up.

    • Perhaps a Magpie fancied it! (Do you have Magpies?) I tried keeping a text file too Susie, but it was not updated regularly and then some plants didn’t come up the following year… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will make an effort from now on to write down all the plants I put in at least!

  2. I used to keep a map of my plantings, which worked well for me before the days of digital cameras.

    But now the tulips are ‘naturalising’ so beautifully, perhaps it doesn’t matter what they’re called – they’re such artless, wild looking flowers, anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. The closest to your picture I can come to in my current year’s bulb catalogues [remembering this IS Australia] IS [tulipa x hybrida middle-season] called CLAUDIA. I do not think they are quite the same but from a very similar family. Since they may have hybridized themselves and will multiply, I daresay it won’t really matter ๐Ÿ™‚ ?

  4. Whatever their name will be, your “Mystery Tulips” are very beautiful. Perhaps they are a kind of
    botanical tulips. Lovely pictures!

  5. Whatever its name it is very pretty, Cathy; it looks like a species type. I try (I don’t always succeed) to put everything into a spead sheet with name of plant, date and where planted plus any extra info that seems relavent. my bulbs are ordered on line so it isn’t too difficult to transfer the information.

    • I order online too, so I should copy the order forms…. and I should add where they were planted….
      Or perhaps I’ll just stop worrying about the name and enjoy them! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for your ideas Christina!

  6. Reading some of the other comments, I’ve realised how terrible I am at labelling – there are so many ‘mystery’ plants in my garden! Your tulips look lovely in the sunshine.

    • Hello Sarah. They are namelessly beautiful, but I think I found them on Google images: Heart’s Delight… somehow the name rings a bell…..

    • The botanical ones are pretty tough, so they might do better than the later ones where you are. My only problem so far has been mice or squirrels either nibbling, digging up or “moving” the bulbs! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. They are gorgeous! I must admit I grow loads of tulips and never remember their names! Just enjoy them and remember how beautiful they looked is the best tip I can offer!

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