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Tulips for Tapping 2022

AthelasAthelas Posts: 915
edited April 2022 in Plants
Tulips for Tapping is a charity event organised by the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House and Belmont Nurseries, where people can walk through working tulip fields in Norfolk over a couple of weeks in spring

If you've been to the event, do share your photos -- I took loads and will upload them in the next few days

Cambridgeshire, UK


  • AthelasAthelas Posts: 915
    The light is perfect in your shot @Jellyfire, love it!

    I tried last year but tickets were sold out, so I made a note to buy tickets early this time (my first time to go)
    Cambridgeshire, UK
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,580
    About three years ago we had a holiday in Amsterdam with a late afternoon flight back. One of the best decisions we made that week was to book a taxi to Schipol about three hours early and go on a detour via the Dutch bulb fields. It was great.
    Rutland, England
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    More lovely shots @Athelas, I mits try and get tickets next year 
  • AthelasAthelas Posts: 915
    edited April 2022
    That must have been amazing @BenCotto! I've been to Amsterdam a few times but hadn't thought about checking out the bulb fields.

    @Jellyfire, definitely! You might find there are indeed more people visiting. I wonder if the colour selection has changed over time, fewer pinks for example, or more purples?

    Here's what I call my single red series. I kept finding odd flowers among the yellows, apologies it's somewhat repetitive, but there is some subtle variation across the photos. Unfortunately there were no labels on the farm.

    Cambridgeshire, UK
  • These are so beautiful. I want to turn my whole lawn into a tulip field but I’m guessing the grass wouldn’t survive to cover it when the tulips die down?
  • AthelasAthelas Posts: 915
    edited May 2022
    I personally think the leaves are so large and leathery it would be difficult to have them in a lawn, especially when waiting for the leaves to die down. Perhaps shorter species tulips would work, and they would naturalise over time?

    But it can be done, probably better on a large scale and in non-high traffic parts of the lawn — photo from Kew Gardens below (not mine):

    Monty had great results planting out previously potted tulip bulbs in the borders of his jewel garden (in the last episode of Gardener’s World, or maybe the one before that) — I believe one of the key things is to plant them deep.

    Cambridgeshire, UK
  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,362
    This was shown on Look East a little while ago and they said then it was sold out.  I'd love to visit.
    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    These are so beautiful. I want to turn my whole lawn into a tulip field but I’m guessing the grass wouldn’t survive to cover it when the tulips die down?
    I have tulips and Spanish bluebells which completely swamp my front lawn I spring, I just mow it all about 3 weeks after flowering ends and it’s back to grass within a week or two. It’s no bowling green, but it’s a normal looking lawn 

    @Athelas I think so, back when I used to visit the predominant colour was nearly always pink, they used to switch the location around each year for rotation, they were in East Winch mainly 
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