A grey wet morning greeted me when I opened the shutters this morning. It is a good thing that I had picked the flowers for today’s vase yesterday.
More tulips! I hope that there will be tulips every week for the next few weeks from the pots of forced tulip bulbs in the greenhouse. On Friday I noted that the first couple of Tulip Purissima were beginning to show some white colour (I know white isn’t a colour, but you know what I mean). By Saturday one had opened completely.
Purissima otherwise known as White Emperor is a Fosteriana type of tulip as is Exotic Emperor although I would have to say I can’t see any similarity in their form or growth pattern.
I picked only those tulips that were showing white so this is a much smaller vase than last week’s when all 25 in the pot were opening all at the same time.
I decided to simply hand tie my tulips with the addition of another couple of Narcissus that have flowered.
I buy all my tulips from Peter Nyssen. His tulips are top quality and are sold at excellent prices if you are buying more than the minimum 10 of each variety. I paid £10.80 for 60 for Purissima and £11.50 for 50 for Exotic Emperor. So this means that last week’s vase that comprised 25 stems cost £5.75, so definitely worth growing my own as tulips are expensive in florists here (you pay per stem usually not per bunch and they are often not very fresh. In supermarkets flowers are much less available than in the UK.
For me this justifies that I may not have any success in planting them in the garden and their flowering there next year. The rest of my order for these 2 varieties was planted in the garden.
Nest year I would like to experiment further with chilling times and time from planting to flowering; if anyone knows more about this I would be grateful for any information. To experiment in a scientific manner I will use one variety of tulip and record carefully the chilling times and temperatures and times to flowering. I may choose Exotic Emperor for my experiment as it has already proved that all the bulbs flower at once and they remain in good condition for over a week.
I love how the petals now appear to be silk, with just the edges looking slightly dried. A good tulip for me has to die beautifully as well as be lovely in its prime.
With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this increasingly popular meme. Do check what she and all the dedicated Monday ‘vasers’ have produced today.