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[ Darwin Hybrid Tulip (Tulipa 'Hakuun') | Posted on January 18, 2020 ]

'Hakkun' is very easy to grow in my garden. It's tough and healthy and does not need to be lifted for summer.
The bulbs do not break down into many small non-flowering sized ones easily, so it can remain in the same spot, without dividing for several years.

Unfortunately in my experience it blooms for a shorter time than most tulips.
It is very sensitive to heat, which makes the flowers shrivel, especially in full sun, even in my northern garden.
For that reason I think it is best suited for a place in semi-shade, unless you are fortunate enough to have it bloom while the temperatures are still low.

[ Giant Onion (Allium giganteum 'Globemaster') | Posted on January 4, 2020 ]

If I could only grow one Allium, this would be it. It usually blooms 3 weeks, which is 3 times longer than 'Purple Sensation' in my northern garden. The flowers are sterile and the flower head just keeps on expanding during bloom. For such a large flowering Allium, the foliage is rather small and tidy. To keep up the huge size of the flower heads (and the bulb) 'Globemaster' requires frequent division in my garden.

[ Reticulated Iris (Iris 'Frank Elder') | Posted on April 15, 2018 ]

In comparison to the somewhat similar 'Katharine Hodgkin', 'Frank Elder' has paler flowers and an orange stripe on the falls. Katharine Hodgkin has a yellow stripe.

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