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.