My tulips in pots in the greenhouse have now almost all been picked, I do have 15 Exotic Emperor still in the fridge which I’m going to plant today just to see how long they take to flower when they’ve had a very long chill and the growing conditions are warm; but the tulip season in the garden has already begun so hopefully I’ll have tulips for several more weeks. I say hopefully because while walking around the garden yesterday I found 10 stems of T. Brown Sugar laying on the ground, their stems having been biten through by mice I presume.
For today’s vase for Cathy at Rambling in the Garden I have the lovely Princess Irene with her beautifully marked petals. Her only fault being that she can be rather short for cutting; I remember that even in the ground the buds open on very short stems then they grow to a reasonable height, maybe those in my vase will grow too.
Narcissus Avalanche was grown last year as a forced Narcissus but wasn’t very successful because they didn’t flower at the same time; even though I didn’t think they would flower a second year I thought I would plant them out anyway; I’ve been very pleasantly surprised with their flowering this year but that might be due to our early cold winter this year.
Both last week’s vases are still in place although both have been remodelled. I removed the T. Malaika to the other vase as they faded quite quickly and added the double white Mount Tacoma, this vase still looks very fresh indeed.
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