Posies of flowers are traditionally gathered on May Day and given to friends. I’d be hard-pressed to part with these tulips, one of each picked from the best of those flowering in the garden. Perhaps I can pretend they’re for my husband, and suggest that he places them on a shelf in our sitting room.
I am so behind with my posts. I owe you views of my garden for both March and April, plus a book review that I’ve had in the pipeline for weeks. I also usually do a round-up of my tulips at about this time, and have all the photos ready for it, except the final one that is left to flower, the shocking pink and multi-headed ‘Nightclub’, a party-piece that I am waiting for with great anticipation. All shall be forthcoming.
Meanwhile, in this vase we have my old favourite ‘Menton’, which I did not plant any of this autumn but which came back most gratifyingly in several spots that I do not remember putting it in. (Thanks, squirrels). Also we have ‘Brazil’, a large and flashy bronzed beauty, ‘Bruine Wimpel’, my new favourite this year, a bronze single tulip with streaks of pinky, minky brown, ‘Paul Schoerer’, the lovely dark tulip, and ‘Belle Epoque’, which is everywhere on Instagram and is fast becoming a tulip cliché. I have a whole patch of what look like ‘Ballerina’, which I am sure I never ordered but they look good among my ‘Chato’ (pictured last week but now past their best) and some unexpected red tulips that came up among the ‘Mount Tacoma’, which is the double white. Red and white should never be seen except on Red Cross flags, so I whipped them out straight away and added them to the vase.
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling In the Garden. She also showcases tulips this week, and I do recommend visiting her page and taking a look, as well as following links to all the other garden bloggers around the world who have taken part today.