Holbeach growers Taylors Bulbs has produced a new variety of tulip named in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday.
A bouquet containing the new flower was presented to Her Majesty the Queen at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday.
The family business is by Royal Appointment as Bulb Growers to HM The Queen.
Roger Taylor, director of the firm, said: “We were asked to trial a number of new varieties in autumn 2014 with a view to a selection being made the following spring.
“We wanted to find something unique and so had to try many different types and colours. After assessing the trials, a variety was selected. Royal Celebration was chosen as its name, and we are greatly honoured to have presented this to Her Majesty at the Chelsea Flower Show.”
The variety is classified as a Lily-Flowering type of tulip and features tall, slender flowers with a narrow waist. Bred from seedlings, the flowers of Royal Celebration start cream in colour with an increasing pink blush to the cheeks of the petal. Flowering to approximately 50cm tall and quite late in the flowering season, the dark stems complement the colour in the petal.
Taylors Bulbs exhibit daffodils at Chelsea Flower Show where they have previously won 22 consecutive Gold medals.
After presenting the bouquet to the Queen, Taylors Bulbs learned they had been awarded their 23rd consecutive Gold medal – see the full story in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.
Taylors Bulbs creates a display of over 80 varieties and 2,500 flowers for Chelsea Flower Show.
The exhibit is the result of 15,000 flowers grown in controlled conditions every year especially for the show.
The bulbs were harvested last summer, kept in a warm store at 200C until just after Christmas, fooling them into thinking summer is longer than it is. After Christmas, they are planted in trays and left for up to 14 days at 100C and the bulbs start rooting. They then go into cold store at 20C for 13 weeks and are transferred to the glasshouse a few weeks before Chelsea.