I’m a day late joining Cathy at Rambling in the garden for her weekly meme where she challenges us to find material in our own gardens to bring into our homes to enjoy. I was away from home yesterday; we had been to Viareggio in Tuscany to see the Carnival parade. It was bitterly cold on Sunday and is not much warmer today.
Last week’s vase was still hanging on when I arrived home yesterday. More Tulip Van Eijk had been added as they opened their buds. This is another tulip that has become a firm favourite. I had limited choice when I bought my tulips from a local DIY store but two of them will certainly be on the list when I order bulbs next year.
Tulip Van Eijk grew very large heads after they were picked and I loved that their interiors were a darker pink than outside.
Even better they held onto their petals as they faded, and remained upright in the vase. They faded beautifully, always a sign of a great tulip.
Coloured like faded silk with many subtle shades of colour
Today’s vase is much less subtle! Tulip Rococo (as the pack was labelled) should be a parrot tulip so this is a little disappointing. They look like common red tulips to me. They have been ready to be picked since the middle of last week, but as the weather was cold with little sun I left them in the greenhouse until this morning. They were tightly closed when I picked them but opened fully as soon as they came into the house.
If they had opened for Christmas their red colour combined with the dark green foliage of Viburnum tinus would have been a very welcome sight.
If you haven’t already visited Cathy, please do, there are lots of inspiring vases showing that there is always something to be found, picked and enjoyed.
I hope you have a great week.