Day 126: Tulip 'Queen of Night'

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Just as you start to worry that the tulips have had it, Queen of Night appears, reliably in time for the May bank holiday. A dusky beauty and surely one of the most sophisticated blooms to grace the garden all year, deep maroon petals seeming to shimmer in the light like crushed velvet. For all that, she’s not the longest flower to grace a tulip’s stem, but for symmetry I’m not sure she can be beaten. Always in partnership with the elegant White Triumphator in my garden – the (almost) black and the white – allowing me, for a few weeks at least, to pretend I’m a bit posh.

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