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Warmer weather means earlier tulips in UK

by webdev

April 29, 2011

\While the winter was considered to be a long and grueling season, it seems that spring is making up for it by coming faster than usual - in Stourhead estate near Warminster, England, one tulip festival has even been bumped up due to the pleasant weather, according to 

The Tulip Festival was meant to coincide with late Easter, and most of the beautiful buds were planted so that they would bloom for this time, but many have already begun flowering. Consequently, the occasion will now run from April 18 to May 1.

"Although we planted varieties that should flower in late April to tie in with the Easter break for our visitors, some of the tulips are now in flower and others are well on the way," head gardener Alan Power said in the Stourhead blog. "It has been a lovely month and we have all enjoyed some beautiful warm spring days after such a hard winter but the plants have decided that they want a share of this sunshine too."

The fresh flowers have been used to decorate several different landscapes, as well. Perhaps the most beautiful is the restored fountain near Stourhead house, which has been garnished with dozens of the blossoms - marking the first time in almost 100 years that the area has seen such flowers, the news source reports.

In total, gardeners planted around 19,000 tulips to celebrate the Tulip Festival.  Many may be inspired to send tulip flowers to commemorate the occasion.


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