Check out this sweet, subtle little species tulip



This is for Michele, as well as for anyone else reading here who's never seen a t. vvedenskyi "Tangerine Beauty" in action. For a flower that's only 6" high, this has a very high visibility-from-a-distance factor and really can't be photographed, at least not by any equipment I have. MUCH more obnoxiously bright than the Orange Princess doubles. This is one of the brightest flowers I have ever grown. It has a big head for its short stature, too.
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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regular radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world, and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. I am a huge fan of species tulips. They seem to be about the only carefree repeaters in my Seattle (i.e. soggy) garden. Everything else must rot, but these guys are the greatest. I’m going to look for that one next year!

  2. It’s not your fault that you can’t capture the color of these tulips. I’ve just about given up photographing my red tulips. There are certain shades of blue/violet that don’t cooperate, either.

    Shooting on a cloudy day or when the tulips are in shade might help.

    I’ve been very pleased with the flickr online color editing tools. Start by manipulating the exposure and contrast levels before adjusting the color.

  3. Holy moly, that’s a lot of freaking orange. I love the bright magentas that can’t be photographed (well, not by me anyway, Saxon Holt could probably do it). My favorite Hardy Cranesbill is ‘Patricia’, that bright pink-magenta stunner that I first discovered from Heronswood years ago. I ought to get some flaming bright orange to keep her company.

  4. I painted the kitchen in my first apartment that colour, we had to custom mix it, oddly enough it isn’t on a paint deck. It was fabulous. 20 years later, I still think fondly of running through there naked to get to the bathroom. What a shock for a hangover.

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