Hot February brings early tulips to Dyrham Park

THOUSANDS of tulips are in bloom at the National Trust’s Dyrham Park, bringing an explosion of spring colour to the gardens. Thanks to a very hot spell in February and a dry spring, the flowers are coming up a little earlier than normal this year.

Thousands of carefully-selected tulip bulbs, imported from Holland, were planted in December in a mammoth two-week planting extravaganza. Dutch tulips have a special link to Dyrham Park as Holland was where William Blathwayt, the creator of the baroque house, spent his formative years at the English embassy in The Hague. He learned Dutch and developed an enthusiasm for Dutch art and blue and white Delftware much of which remains in the house today.

To tie in with the tulips outside, fresh tulips grown on-site will be displayed in the house in blue and white pots which reflect the Delftware collection.

Pictured: Tulips © National Trust/Laura Williams