When I grow a tulip new to me for the first time I usually order twenty bulbs to try in pot to see if I want to grow more.  When I decided to give Angelique a try I ticked the box for twenty and only when the order arrived did I realise that I had ordered twenty lots of 12.  Two-hundred-and-forty bulbs.  And of a variety I wasn’t convinced about nor was I sure where I was going to plant them.  I needn’t have worried.  I filled pots, planted them in a raised bed and gave some to grateful neighbours.  And come the following spring, they were a delight and I was entranced.

The peony-like double flowers look delicate and fragile but they stand up to rain very well.  There is a voluptuousness about the soft pink and cream flowers that make them irresistible.

That first  order was about twenty years ago and I’ve grown it every year since.

Tulip 'Angelique'

Tulip ‘Angelique’