Author Archives: Carlos van der Veek
How are tulips being cleaned these days..?
Till about 10 years ago all tulips were cleaned by hand. Week after week many school kids and other labourers, mostly women, were working at the bulb farms to clean every tulip one by one by hand (pic 1). Nowadays the tulips are cleaned by machine. Before the tulips
Today, I present you three late blooming daffodils, so that you can plant daffodils late in the season and enjoy their beaty as long as possible.
Fluwel’s seedling “Apolonia”, a variant of the species narcissus jonquilla, which is selected from the bulbs I have cultivated. The Apolonia is a little bigger and blooms considerably later than the already late flowering narcissus jonquilla, but the main purpose of my cultivating is its wonderful fresh scent. You give your garden a happy addition if you plant the daffodils loosely through the border. Its fine grassy foliage is never annoying and its joyful bright yellow flowers dance merrily on thin stalks. If she gets enough sunlight, it is an excellent wild daffodil as well.
Snowdrop: known to everyone and a pearl in every garden. Certainly not the easiest flower bulb to grow because the snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis in Latin) does not like to be above the ground. Therefore you plant the bulbs immediately after the delivery in a quiet area in your garden, in half shadow. If you plant ten bulbs, it may occur that a few of them don’t come out, because they stand to dry, but the snowdrops that do come up and grow in good soil will last for ever.
This tulip is a real gem: the wild Himalaya tulip (in Latin bakeri lilac wonder). Her lilac pink color is unique. Most tulips don’t even come close tot the wild Himalay tulip. If its flowers burst out they show them a beautiful yellow heart. The enchanting appearance has a great appeal to people. This tulip in your garden, imagine… Such a beautiful flower from the high Himalayas, in our rainy country!
The Cassata Siciliana is a split crown, although I prefer to call it a collar, from the very beginning. This spring, it celebrates its 50th birthday. A plant with a beautiful appearance. The colors are soft and warm. It’s like a rain shower in April, this soft, warm rain. What a spring flower!
An amaryllis is a gentle bulb flower. It blooms in the living room very easily. Nevertheless I see Amaryllis flowers in someone else’s home quite often that make me think it could be better. The owner of the flower is usually very enthusiastic about the performance of himself and Amaryllis but… it could be better.