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Annie Schilder


Now that the Annie Schilder has come out again  I’m remembering why I ordered rafts of it, three years ago. The subtle glowing-ember flames out in a changing show as the flower matures – and as an extra bonus,  Annie Schilder is fragrant.

Since I’ve had a good repeat showing from these bulbs the past two years, I deduce that it’s one of the easier ones to perennialize. As most people know, it’s not always easy to perennialize tulips, especially not Triumph tulips, which Annie Schilder is. Very likely that’s because Annie Schilder is an heirloom tulip, dating from 1923, when they made things to last.

Annie Schilder’s fragrance is somewhere between the faint spring hint of Apricot Beauty and the heavy musk cloud of Generaal de Wet. You may have noticed that these fragrant tulips are all orange. There’s probably some genetic reason that scented tulips are mostly orange – and I haven’t listed them all.  Prinses Irene, orange with purple flames, is another of the fragrant tulips. (I suspect the deep-orange species Tulipa whittalii in the background, but that’s just a guess.)

There are fragrant tulips which aren’t orange, and probably have different backgrounds. I collect fragrant tulips; if you’ve grown any,  I’d be interested to know which ones.

Besides her scent, Annie Schilder puts on quite a visual show. OK, I know I’ve recently gone on record as saying I don’t thrill to straight-ahead yellows and oranges in my garden. (See my blog mission statement (at the bottom of the linked page) for an explanation.) But to my eyes, Annie Schilder is a little more subtle than that. She starts out a burning-embers deep orange.



 As the tulip ages, the color lightens, with brushes of yellow in the orange, as in the photograph at the top of the page, and as this sunlit picture below.


The colors get more distinct as it fades and swirls out.




And now it’s time to bid goodbye to Annie Schilder for another year

{ 12 comments… add one }

  • Daffodil Planter April 28, 2009, 8:01 pm

    A graceful lady! I don’t think I have ever smelled tulip fragrance. Did any of the perfumers ever try it out? Perhaps in the Edwardian era when violets were a popular fragrance?

  • Sylvia (England) April 29, 2009, 2:14 am

    I haven’t hear of this tulip but I have made a note to look out for her this year. My tulips are flowering like never before this year, I have some which disappeared years ago with buds on. I know they were planted 10 years ago as I have never planted tulips in this area since.

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)

  • tina April 29, 2009, 3:38 am

    Love the hot color of it! My favorites in the garden.

  • Pomona Belvedere April 29, 2009, 8:39 am

    Glad to have gotten Annie some more fans.

    DP, that’s an interesting question about tulips as perfume. There are different kinds of tulip scents but this musky one I get from the oranges could make a perfume, and does have a relationship to violet scent.

    Sylvia, I’m glad to hear you’re having such a spectacular tulip year. Do I remember that the weather was different for you this past year, or do you think it’s something else? I’ll add this to my “returning tulips” notes.

    Tina – I’m still figuring out all the colors I like best, sometimes I surprise myself.

  • cyd April 29, 2009, 11:31 am

    I really like the deep orange of this tulip. I have grown Apricot Beauty and the smell was very light. It’s strange though, where I planted Apricot Beauty the tulips that have returned are purple. Has that ever happened to anyone?

  • Pomona Belvedere April 29, 2009, 3:45 pm

    I’ve had my Apricot Beauties sport (also other tulips) and add other colors to themselves, but I’ve never known a complete color change of that radical nature. If you have a lot of the same color (sports usually sport singly), I’d suspect you might have planted some other tulips there earlier and they revived and decided to show themselves. But tulips are so mutable, who knows?

  • Pomona Belvedere April 30, 2009, 10:50 am


    I just read something that’s an echo of your experience with tulips – only almost a century earlier.

    I indulged myself by ordering some antique garden books, including the “Tulips” volume of the Present-Day Gardening Series from the UK (are you familiar with those? From around the 19teens, not all are dated). And in it Rev. Joseph Jacob says, “…the sudden flowering of tulips in my own churchyard at Whitewell this last spring, after the hot summer of 1911, may have some bearing upon their curious behaviour. These must have been there upwards of ten years; and until now have practically been without a flower since the year or two after they were first planted.”

  • kris at Blithewold May 5, 2009, 5:24 am

    I am a recent convert to the cult of Annie and I’m proud to say that she was in my very own selection and she might make her debut in our North Garden next year. And if not, then we’ll just have to order “rafts” for our cutting beds. (and I haven’t even given her a good sniff yet!)

  • Pomona Belvedere May 5, 2009, 5:08 pm

    Happy to have other devotees reporting in!

  • Nancy Bond May 11, 2009, 7:06 am

    Annie is certainly a beauty! I LOVE orange in the garden, especially in combination with other colours. So she and I would get along just fine. :)

  • Pomona Belvedere May 11, 2009, 8:09 am

    Glad you like her, Nancy, especially since I know from looking at your own blog that you’ve got good taste!

  • Ronnie April 22, 2010, 4:01 am

    If you like Annie, try Ballerina for fragrance and long lasting flowers.

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