Just two weeks ago, after visiting the Missouri Botanical Garden and its wide selection of tulip cultivars, I wrote a post about how I thought tulips should look like traditional tulips -- single flowered tulips along the lines of the Darwin and Triumph lines. Little did I know when I hastily typed that piece that my whole attitude towards tulips was about to change. For growing in my garden was a new tulip I had planted last fall called 'Herman Emmink'.
Now Herman, as I'm affectionately calling this new addition to my spring garden, is officially a double late -- or peony type -- tulip that is named after the Dutch singer/announcer Herman Emmink who performed the song 'Tulpen uit Amsterdam (Tulips in Amsterdam)' in 1957.
The fat, swelling buds first tinged with yellow, then red held tight for about a week. Even a few days in the 80s didn't force the buds to open too quickly. Each tulip slowly revealed itself, a little each day.
While I'm still rather partial to a traditional tulip form, today I officially admit my haste and fault. I should not have dismissed the other tulips in one fell swoop of my keyboard. This fall I'll promise to give a few more double lates a try. There may be another gem out there that will infatuate me just as much as this tulip named Herman.