An extra day in February this year gives us an extra Monday in which to join with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden where she challenges and inspires us to find material from our own gardens to cut and bring into our homes to enjoy.
Amazingly (to me) I’ve had vases of tulips in the house all this month as the chilled and then forced tulips from the greenhouse have come into flower. I began the month with the beautiful white Exotic Emperor and I’m finishing with another stunning white double Mount Tacoma.
The RHS site describes this as an old variety but well worth its continuing popularity. Slightly scented and double the bud is lightly flushed pink but the flower opens to a rich creamy white. Julie at Peonies and Posies used it to great advantage for wedding flowers last year and I was lucky enough to see it growing in her garden just afterwards; it was actually seeing Julie’s that inspired me to grow it this year.
I picked these for the vase last Thursday when they were still tight buds.
I don’t know why but the only varieties of tulips that have all flowered at once have been the two white varieties. The others (so far) have flowered more sporadically.
For such a beautiful tulip it isn’t expensive (maybe because it is an old variety; from Peter Nyssen 50 good sized bulbs cost £11.50. I noticed when I picked these yesterday that the bulb was already producing an off shoot with bulblet with its own leaf; I have replanted these into the garden hoping there is enough foliage for the bulb to continue to grow and flower next year, time will tell.
I’ll show you how much the Ballerina tulips grew in their vase tomorrow.
Thanks to Cathy for hosting, do visit to see what wonderful props she has found for today’s vase