The Exotic Emperor's are aptly named - they open in the form that we'd expect from a tulip but, as the flowers age the petals widen fully to resemble Chinese water lilies. It's quite spectacular and they seem to last for a good month. The other two varieties in the set let the Emperor have his day then Apricot Beauty opens to support the now open-petalled show before Spring Green thrusts up to counterpoint the final lily-like days of the Emperor. It's a great display, subtle but showstopping. The Emperor still rules but there are a few less of the other two. Reinforcements will be acquired this autumn. I'll put it in my garden diary now in case that thought slips away over the summer.
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