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Thumb of 2017-11-19/kniphofia/d5971c@kniphofia submitted this image in the Containers category of the The 2017 National Gardening Association Photo Contest .

kniphofia added a caption:Tulips at Harlow Carr
Name: Alex
mid MI (Zone 5a)
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samhain10
Dec 2, 2017 10:13 PM CST
I absolutely love this grouping of tulips in their containers!
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
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kniphofia
Dec 3, 2017 12:58 AM CST
So do I! This wonderful RHS garden really do excel themselves in Spring with their displays of tulips in pots. Quite inspirational.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Dec 3, 2017 3:06 AM CST
So do I. Very striking!
Name: Alex
mid MI (Zone 5a)
Cat Lover Daylilies Photo Contest Winner: 2017
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samhain10
Dec 3, 2017 7:20 AM CST
Sue -

Didn't realize this was in the UK. I'd like to do this myself, but not sure how to go about it in our zone 5a climate. Though I was able to get bulbs to bloom in a rather large planter box 4ft x 2ft x 2-1/2ft (I think those were the dimensions without going outside to measure again) that I planted in the fall. I bet they did their chilling outside of the pots first, though, don't you think? Otherwise the pots might freeze and crack.
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
Charter ATP Member Bookworm Amaryllis Houseplants Annuals Garden Photography
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Foliage Fan Bulbs Bee Lover Frogs and Toads Container Gardener
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kniphofia
Dec 5, 2017 12:32 AM CST
Alex these fabulous pots are outside all year at Harlow Carr. When I was there last month they were already potted up with next year's tulips. They use them for summer bedding as well. They really are experts, being the Royal Horticultural Society I guess they would be, the plants are done lasagne style I believe with several layers of bulbs.
I can't wait to see next year's display!
The first two photos are from this year and the last from a previous April.

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Name: Alex
mid MI (Zone 5a)
Cat Lover Daylilies Photo Contest Winner: 2017
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samhain10
Dec 5, 2017 7:21 AM CST
Sue - those pots are beautiful even without the plants, as evidenced by the second photo! I still wonder at their standing up to deep freezes. How cold does it get there? You don't think they wheel them in somewhere during the deep winter?
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
Charter ATP Member Bookworm Amaryllis Houseplants Annuals Garden Photography
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Foliage Fan Bulbs Bee Lover Frogs and Toads Container Gardener
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kniphofia
Dec 5, 2017 12:05 PM CST
I'd say the average UK temperature in winter is 25 - 36F. We get occasional freezes and some snow but often have relatively mild winters. (Living in Maine was a total shock for me!)
These pots certainly do stay in situ throughout winter. The bulbs are planted around November and the crocuses usually appear in March as in this photo.
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Name: Alex
mid MI (Zone 5a)
Cat Lover Daylilies Photo Contest Winner: 2017
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samhain10
Dec 5, 2017 2:58 PM CST
Haven't lived in Maine, but I know they must get as cold as Michigan. If it doesn't get much colder than 25*F where you're at, I can well imagine Maine must have been a shocker! Blinking

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