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Tulip ‘Daydream’


‘Daydream’ opens in a single bright color, and matures into a softer, deeper pallette – just the way I would like to do.

The original color is described by Brent and Becky’s as “sunny yellow”. To me, it has a little bit of the taxicab or crayon (if you look closely, you can see flecks of color, hints of what’s to come):


Within a day, the hints of color turn into downright statements. A faint red picotee edge appears on the edge of the petals, and a flush of apricot orange starts to suffuse the flower.


The older blooms become even deeper and more thoroughly orange, although there’s still something of a blush sensation when you look to the heart of the petals.


In a few days, there’s a distinct contrast between the newly-opened blooms, and the ones that have been around for awhile.

Besides the color show, Daydream gives us scent: I detect a faint, light sweetness from this tulip, especially the ones which have just opened. (Scent is part of the strategy for attracting pollination, so it often dissipates or changes its nature after pollination occurs.)

I thought all this mutation was a modern invention, but Daydream actually qualifies as an heirloom tulip; it was first grown by van Tubergen in 1952.

While the final stage of Daydream is said to be pale apricot, it’s really more of a fading sunset, which gets more translucent as it ages, going back to just about the shade it was when it first colored up.


I’ve enjoyed the show, but to be honest, Daydream, as a friend of mine said recently, is a little too primary-color for me (although that’s not quite right, since orange is a secondary color. I guess I just mean the colors feel too straight-ahead to me).  But I’m glad I satisfied my curiosity and grew Daydream. It’s an intriguing flower-invention, and shows one of the main tulip characteristics: a willingness to mutate, and turn into something else.

{ 11 comments… add one }

  • tina April 23, 2009, 5:34 pm

    It really is bright-my favorite colors in the garden. I would love a tulip with scent.

  • Sheila April 23, 2009, 5:46 pm

    Very cheerful!

  • Daffodil Planter April 23, 2009, 9:55 pm

    A lovely tribute to a charming tulip–that should live in someone else’s garden. After the crocus, forsythia, and daffodil seasons are over I am so done with bright yellow. Next February I’ll be jumping out of my boots to see it again, but now all I want are the soft pastels to go with the redbuds and dogwoods. I don’t mean to diss ‘Daydream’–anyone with a picotee edge deserves respect.

  • cyd April 24, 2009, 7:12 am

    I agree with Sheila.

  • Pomona Belvedere April 24, 2009, 9:24 am

    Very interesting to see different reactions to this tulip! I should have asked in the body of my post, is this one you’d want in your garden and why or why not? I’ll remember that next time…

  • Anna/Flowergardengirl April 24, 2009, 11:28 am

    It is a very unique flower with it’s changing attitude. I have grown to like all the different colors in a mixed fashion but much prefer pinks and purples.

  • cyd April 25, 2009, 4:34 pm

    Hi Pomona, I have a question about blind tulips. When should you dig them out and what do you do with them next? I hope you don’t mind my asking. It’s great to know this because even my local nursery had never heard them called blind and you taught us something new.

  • Pomona Belvedere April 26, 2009, 9:43 am

    Cyd, the answer to your question is complicated. In fact, I’m writing a post on it (and have notions of doing a book on it eventually). I’m hoping between all the links and comments plus my research, we will all come out knowing more.

    The short answer to your question is: wait until the foliage is completely dead (dormancy), dig them up, and store them in a cool, dry, aerated place for planting in fall.

    Some of the longer answer – the answer to the question ‘How do I get them to bloom again? – will appear, I hope, in the upcoming post/links/comments “13 Ways to Get Your Tulips to Come Back”.

  • cyd April 26, 2009, 10:07 am

    Thank you! I look forward to the post. I really enjoy your blogs.

  • wayne April 27, 2009, 4:00 pm

    enjoyed the progression, thanks for taking the time to show us the show.

  • Nour April 7, 2011, 1:59 am

    by chance I discovered your blog
    I bought a plant few months ago, and i was dieing to know the name of it , I loved the flower so much , i tried to know it’s name but i couldn’t , and in your blog I saw the flower, but i still have feeling it’s not the flower. or it can be smiler one
    I wonder if i can send it to you but i don’t know how

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