After a winter of weather discontent and a spring of drought, everybody is complaining about their tulips this year. British gardeners say they are shorter than usual, but few can dispute the fact that a really good display of tulips - even stunted - bring joy to the heart. So where better to see them than in gardens around England in the next few weeks? These are just some of the varieties on display at Great Dixter, where I spent a day this week on a photography course with Andrew Lawson, but for full details of other venues, see below. As I visit gardens with tulips in bloom, I'll post them here. Happy tulip hunting!
The following gardens all have spectacular tulip displays this month and next, although the recent weather may well have had some impact on their flowering.Alnwick, 30 April - 8 May
Chatsworth 4 - 8 May
Dyhram Park, Glos 1 -10 April
Polesden Lacey, Surrey 14 April - 13 May
Waddesdon Manor, Bucks 14 -29 April
21/22 and 28/29 April
Pashley Manor, East Sussex
25 April - 7 May
Other gardens where you will also see impressive displays:
Abbey Gardens, Wiltshire
Chenies Manor, Bucks
Great Dixter, East Sussex
Painswick Rococo, Glos
I'll be posting more about my day with Andrew Lawson next week, together with some of his helpful photography tips.