Top 5 most eccentric flower bulbs

Eccentric flower bulbs — we love them. They have an exotic look like nothing else. We plant them in the autumn: in our front and back gardens, and in pots on the patio or balcony. Then we wait (im)patiently for them to arrive in the spring. Bakker has created a list of the 5 most eccentric flower bulbs. All our flower bulbs are A-quality and have the largest bulb size. That means large flowers bloom.

1. Sicilian honey garlic

Nectaroscordum siculum subsp. bulgaricum

We’ve fallen under the spell of Sicilian honey garlic. Why is that? This is definitely one magical plant. Honey garlic grows to be enormous. Roughly 100 cm. Its flower buds hang before they blossom. When they bloom, these buds suddenly lift themselves up. The colours are stunning. On the outside, the flowers are green and white. However, on the inside these colours blend into red and yellow. This plant also enchants bees and butterflies. They come in droves to sip on its nectar. Sicilian honey garlic will thrive in full sun/half sun. Once June and July arrive, we cannot take our eyes of them. Of course, we can’t help but clip a few flowers and put them in a vase.

2. Fringed tulips

Tulipa 'Huis ten Bosch'

We know that you’re thinking it: Is this a cactus or a tulip? These are called fringed tulips. The ends of the tulip’s petals are charmingly jagged and resemble the spines of a cactus. Luckily, they don’t prick you. They are actually extremely soft. The tulip itself is extremely robust. Their 45 cm stems keep them standing strong and tall. We plant these everywhere: sun, or no sun In April and May, the tulips finally make their début. The pink of the flowers blends seamlessly into white. Really sweet. We absolutely love them. These flowers may have sharp edges, but they really are sweeter than sugar. You don’t have to leave them outside either: just clip a few and put them in a vase inside.

3. Large-flowered crocus ‘Pickwick’

Crocus grandiflorus 'Pickwick'

We know that this crocus is the odd man out in this list. It’s actually not a flower bulb at all. It is a corm. Corms absorb nutrients through their roots. A flower bulb does this with the developing petals inside it. Still, we have put the crocus on our top 5 list of flower bulbs. It is certainly eccentric. The 'Pickwick', at 15 cm, is a giant among crocuses. It reminds us of a purple and white striped zebra. We look forward to seeing this zebra in March and April. They bring in the spring for us. Sun or no sun, the crocus will blossom anywhere, year after year.

4. Oxalis versicolor / Wood sorrel / Candy cane

Oxalis versicolor

This wood sorrel (oxalis versicolor). appeals to our sweet tooth. It makes us think of candy canes. Can you blame us? Look at those red and white, cone-shaped flowers. At the centre of the flower is a wonderful surprise: a lovely yellow. Wood sorrel is also a corm. Forget about Christmas: this candy cane blooms, in full or half sun, in July to October. What else makes the wood sorrel eccentric? It’s quite a short plant. 10 -20cm. It may be small, but it’s also impressive. The perfect flower for a pot on a garden table. You can plant it under large plants too, like the Sicilian honey garlic.

5. Tiger lily

Lilium tigrinum splendens

Where should we begin? There is so much to say about this exotic tiger lily. Let’s start with the colour: brilliant orange. It’s the perfect contrast to the black, speckled pattern. The tiger lily looks as if it is constantly standing tall against the wind: its petals are bent backwards. Its stamens almost appear as if they are jumping out of the flower. The tiger lily is also very large. 75 -120 cm. We plant lily bulbs in full or half sun. You can expect their arrival between July and September. Each stem produces 12 to 20 flowers. That is a lot of flowers! All the more reason to cut a few and put them in a vase inside. Leave the blossoms in the ground after they have flowered. They will return year after year.

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