Tulips go through several stages in a vase, from pert and perfect through louche and fainting to paisleys of rich, concentrated colour in wisps of dried petal that land one by one on the table. I am not sure which my favourite stage is, but I can tell you that our previous vase of tulips discarded its coloured wisps onto the table long after the decent thing should have been done.
So, time for a fresh vase, and the last of the fresh tulips from the garden: ‘Nightclub’, ‘Queen of the Night’, and the anonymous red tulip that popped up among the white ‘Mount Tacoma’, with backing vocals by euphorbia, cerinthe and osteospermum that will probably be the soundtrack of my summer. A little dash of red campion finishes the vase off.
Meanwhile, those paisley wisps looked good in a white bowl with some paisley scarves, until I came to my senses and threw them out.
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, and I do recommend looking at her page to see hers and links to other vases filled with garden flowers around the world today.