Every Monday I join with Cathy at Rambling in the garden where she challenges us to find flowers or foliage from our gardens to bring into the house to enjoy for the week. Some weeks there are just a few ‘found’ flowers but today I have the first of my favourite flowers that I have been anticipating since they were prepared and planted before Christmas.
Yes, for the first of February I have the very first of my forced tulips in a vase. The tulips were prepared by being placed in the fridge as soon as they were delivered, then after several weeks they were popped up and placed in the greenhouse. The greenhouse is maintained by a fan heater that doesn’t allow the temperature to drop below freezing and in fact this winter so far, even with freezing temperatures outside for a week, the temperature inside hasn’t dropped below 5°C.
All the 25 bulbs have reached the flowering stage together so that’s a plus in comparison to the Iris reticulata and Narcissus bulbs.
For so many tulips I brought out my medium –sized rectangular glass vase and used a few small stones to help keep the stems upright. I chose this vase because when all the flowers are open I wanted there to be enough space for the blooms not to be squashed.
Exotic Emperor is a creamy white tulip, semi double with a green flash on the petals. It is said to last well in the garden, I hope it will last a week in the vase. The stems were long with the foliage beginning mid-way up the stem so I don’t expect the bulbs to be able to sustain themselves for next year but ever the optimist I will plant them out somewhere in the garden in the faint hope that they might flower again next year.
Do visit Cathy to see what she has created this week. I hope you all have a great week.