A very Happy Easter Monday, I hope you have been able to enjoy the long weekend, either in your garden or with family and friends. As it is a special weekend, my flowers today were prepared on Saturday.
I used the same large bowl as I did for my husband’s birthday a couple of weeks ago. The bowl is half white and half dark brown so this time the dark side faces the front.
The garden has changed so much in the last two weeks; the bearded irises are all in bud with some varieties already opening their blooms but I didn’t pick any of those today.
The Larkspur are a mix of the self seeded ones that survived the winter outside and those I potted up last autumn because I didn’t believe they would survive the winter! (now unlikely to be planted out as there are enough in the ground.
Antirrhinum also seem to flower better for me in their second year in the ground although I am a bit disappointed that they don’t seem to flower along their entire stem so I may not grow them again.
The Ami majus was sown last autumn (but not early enough to be planted out before winter) They are struggling in their pots and I’ll probably just add them to the compost as I have new (not over grown) plants waiting to be planted.
Do visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden our host for this enjoyable meme.
The tulips I planted on 16th March in a pot (after they had been chilled since last September) didn’t do well. One flowered 10 days ago, several grew with very stunted buds that didn’t open and the rest didn’t grow at all. From this I deduce that it isn’t possible to have tulips all year – a good thing as the pleasure of anticipation is not be to underestimated. I have had tulips in the house or in the garden since the end of January, most are over now with just a few that may carry on for a few more days – but now it is time for the bearded irises!