River in pink


Slopes in a lawn or walls composed of soil that provide a certain location with protection from the wind are perfect sites for a pink river of spring flowers. Meandering bands of contrasting and gradually merging pastels as found in the rich assortment of spring pansies is contrasted with bands of tulips following the same pattern. The bands become wider, then again narrower, and sometimes disappear only to reappear again on the other side of a hill.

The most beautiful effect is achieved when the tulips include a range of early and late-flowering cultivars and their main colour is supplemented by as many tints and shades of it as possible. If the main colour were pure pink, for example, it could be accompanied by tints running toward pinkish white and shades running toward purple-red. Cultivars in these colours could include 'Ollioules', 'Blue Ribbon', 'Shirley', 'Peach Blossom', 'Pink Diamond', 'Uncle Tom' and 'Wildhof'.

These bulbs would be mixed in advanced and planted in October in extended teardrop-shapes of various lengths that closely resemble drips resulting from poorly executed paint work. The quantities of tulips needed can be calculated as based on a density of 20 bulbs per square metre.

As soon as the first shoots emerge in the spring, and the contours of the planted tulip bulbs become visible, the pansies must be planted with some care between them. These, too, should be planted in meandering bands of various lengths and widths.