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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Bloms Bulbs – New at Chelsea ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 20 May 2009 at 10:24 PM

Tulip 'Drumline'. Image: ©GardenPhotos.comBloms Bulbs are Chelsea Flower Show veterans. The company was founded in 1860, since 1948 Bloms have been at Chelsea and this year they won their fifty ninth Gold Medal. Their tulips are always a star attraction and this year they introduced six sparkling new varieties.

I especially liked two doubles. ‘Drumline', in red tones with a white edge to the petals, was dramatic on a raised stand while ‘Danceline', although perhaps not the most perfect specimens on the display, looked special with its raspberry red streaks at the tips of its white petals making up an attractive double flower.

Oddly, their newcomers were not always in prominent positions. Tulip 'Grand Perfection'. Image: ©GardenPhotos.com‘Grand Perfection', a lovely mid season tulip in bright yellow with vivid red flames, was tucked away amongst the support for other varieties. I just couldn't crop the white metal supports out of the picture.

‘Green Star' was also a little tricky to spot, but this lily-flowered Viridiflora type in white and green certainly deserved attention. It would be superb towering over clouds of blue forget-me-nots as would Tulip 'White Touché. Image: ©GardenPhotos.com‘White Touché', a pure white double with green flames holding its flowers, I noticed, on lovely olive green stems.

Finally in the Bloms sextet for the 2009 Chelsea came ‘Cosmic Dancer'. A short variety for exposed gardens and containers in a lovely soft pink and ideal with short white forget-me-nots.

Six great new tulips. They can be ordered at the Show and will be available on the Bloms Bulbs website in due course.

 

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