Friday, March 25, 2016 - 13:00

Spring has exploded with colour and scent at the Eden Project in Cornwall as thousands of bulbs burst into bloom.

In the Mediterranean Biome these huge beds of tulips come in a stunning range of shapes and hues.

Thirty gardeners planted nearly 30,000 spring bulbs last December and now the flowers are blooming across three beds.

Led by Biome supervisor Catherine Cutler, the team worked feverishly to install 26,500 tulips and 2,200 Ranunculus asiaticus, commonly known as Persian Buttercups.

The team have also been growing 25 different diminutive tulips to represent the wild species. These are displayed in raised pots so visitors can appreciate their delicate charm.

Tulips have been bred over the years to be bigger and taller than the original wild tulips. These are used for showy garden displays and to fill vast areas with colour.

Catherine Cutler said: “The tulips are in their prime right now and it’s been wonderful to watch them grow over the past couple of months. Because of the protected environment of the Biome,  visitors are able to see them bloom in here before they would bloom outside.

“My favourites this year are ‘La Belle Epoque’ (a later double) and ‘Brown Sugar’, which is a lovely caramel colour. I really like the mixture of shades. It’s just such a huge injection of colours from orange, to purple, to pink all thrown in together.”