“It smells like spring,” a friend of mine said.
Apricot Beauty is one of the fragrant tulips. It’s a light scent, sweet and fresh at the same time. A great scent for its early-to-mid-season appearance, and a nice accompaniment to the ever-changing visual show.
Since it’s a Single Early tulip, Apricot Beauty comes out in the cool weather. That means it lasts longer, and that’s an excellent thing. As Apricot Beauty ages, it changes color many times. (You can see the earlier stages here.) Sometimes it gets lighter, sometimes it gets yellower, sometimes it develops more red streaks and spots and sometimes it loses them. I don’t know if this variation is due to different batches of tulips from year to year, differences in the weather, soil mix, sun exposure, or something else.
But it’s one of the things that keeps Apricot Beauty interesting all through its life. No wonder it’s been a favorite for so long.
Shadows of the woods fall on a fully-open Apricot Beauty. Tulips never really close at this age; they stay flared out day and night.
Even in the crepe-paper stage, Apricot Beauty is spectacular. I keep them until the last petals drop from the stem.Putting some of your Apricot Beauties in the semi-shade and some in sun will give you a longer season, prolonging the pleasure. I think that’s a really good idea.
I feel a little like a Chamber of Commerce for Apricot Beauty, but I don’t see how you could ever regret getting them. Your friends and neighbors will be glad you did, too. Apricot Beauty: a public service.
Did you miss the first post on Apricot Beauty?