Hello new tulips (and goodbye neonicotinoids)

With the drop in the temperature we've been able to get out into the garden much more and now the dahlias have been trimmed (in the hope of another flush of flowers) we're thinking about our tulips for the spring.

This is a rather exciting (well, maybe we should say nerve wracking) year here at Peter Nyssen because we've decided to source all our bulbs free from neonicotinoid pesticides. These chemicals have been found to adversely effect the health of our precious pollinators so we've decided to demand all our bulbs are supplied without using them. As of next year they'll be banned across the board but we like to be a step ahead of the curve!

Where we haven't been able to guarantee these chemicals have been used we've had to replace many of our  tried and true favourites with new, but equally fabulous new varieties. So if you're hankering after the gorgeous tulips you grew this year but they're no longer available, fret not: here's our list of brilliant replacements.

Tulip Cheers replaces Tulip Calgary Flames

Tulip White Dream replaces Tulip Royal Virgin

Tulip Yellow Flight replaces Tulip Yellow King

Tulip Silk Road replaces Tulip Verona

Tulip Gorilla replaces Tulip Curly Sue

Tulip Daytona replaces Tulip Swan Wings

Tulip Continental replaces Tulip Cafe Noir

Tulip Jackpot replaces Tulip Fontainbleu

Tulip Mascara replaces Tulip Jan Reus

Tulip Lighting Sun replaces Tulip Orange Sun

Tulip Salmon van Eijk replaces Tulip Sake

Tulip Florijn Chic replaces Tulip Cistula

Tulip Cartouche replaces Tulip Belicia

Tulip Royal Virgin replaces Tulip White Marvel

And for completeness sake, some tulips are no longer grown or the harvest was particularly poor. We've done our best to replace them with good alternatives where possible:

Tulip Ayann replaces Tulip Recreado

Tulip Big Love replaces Tulip Survivor

Tulip Amazing Parrot replaces Tulip Irene

Tulip White Rebel replaces Tulip Super Parrot

Tulip Dragon King replaces Tulip Colour Spectacle