Thursday, 23 April 2015

The End of La Belle Epoque

Last autumn I got a bulb catalogue in the post.  On the way to the recycling bin a photo of a tulip caught my eye, La Belle Epoque.  I'd heard about this tulip.  A gardening friend had said it was her favourite.  Well, I thought, it wouldn't hurt to just take a look.


When I was a kid growing up in Missouri, tulips were bright, garish things.  They were usually lipstick red or a lurid yellow.  I suppose these were the varieties that could tolerate the long, harsh winters.


You can imagine how fascinated I was looking at all those beautiful pastel blossoms and different flower formations.  


La Belle Epoque looks more like a rose or a delicate peony than the old fashioned tulips I remembered.   I was hooked!


Now these beautiful flowers are beginning to fade.  It is almost the end of La Belle Epoque but I am sure they will be back next spring looking just as lovely as they do today. 

Click HERE if you'd like to purchase La Belle Epoque bulbs.

9 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness - they are gorgeous! They certainly fill the garden rose gap until summer.

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    1. Thank you! I am really pleased with them. : )

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  2. How beautiful! I agree it looks more like a peony or rose. Lovely :)

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  3. They are exquisite!!! I would say hands down the prettiest tulip around! AH...makes my heart sing! Thank you for passing on the beauty friend! Nicole xo

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    1. Thank you, Nicole. They brighten my day, too.

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  4. It is a beautiful tulip, I may have to invest in some. I wonder if it does as well in its 2nd year?

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    1. This is their first year so we will have to wait and see. They were certainly worth their weight in gold.

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  5. Oh my Debs - those are so very lovely, I need to invest in some!

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