10 MAY 1935, Page 26


[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR, —May I add to the list of Tulip species mentioned by Mr. Bates in his article last week one which certainly deserves the attention of gardeners ? T. Marjoletti has the merits of being easy to grow, cheap and long-lasting in flower. I bought half a dozen bulbs for is. 9d. three years ago, and without giving them any special attention (though they have been lifted to make room for other things during-the summer) three times as many flowering bulbs, besides offsets which will come into Slower next year. The last two summers have been very favourable to the ripening of tulips in the ground, but in a wetter year it would be well to lift them when the leaves die. T. Marjoletti has the attractive habit of changing gradually from green to primrose and then bedecks its cheeks with a lovely carmine. It will be making the first change about now and should attain its full splendour in three weeks' time, thus giving a succession to the lovely T. Clusiana, which is just passing out of flower.—I am, your obedient servant, DYNELEY HUSSEY.

United University Club, Pall Mall East, S.W. 1.