Tulipa sylvestris

After writing about Tulips earlier this week, yesterday I was delighted to visit a garden that held a real treat for me. Kelmscott Manor, Nr Lechlade in Oxon was the country home of William Morris from 1871 to 1896. The house which is also open to the public contains a colection of William Morris furniture, textiles, carpets and ceramics but this wasn’t what I came to see; It was the delightful walled garden. Small and quite naturalistic this garden has spring flowers delicately scattered throughout. Underneath an old Mulberry tree, at home amongst fritillaries and celandines are the lovely, delicate, sun-shiny flowers of the wild tulip – Tulipa sylvestris. Apparently this tulip only recently re-appeared after the grass under the Mulberry, rather being cut, was left long to accommodate the other spring flowers. Sometimes it pays not to be too neat.

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