Last week I mentioned that I expected the Mimosa to be opening its flowers for this week’s vase. They are nearly there but the continuing cold weather means that I will have to wait for a few more days at least. Until yesterday I was unsure of what I would find for my vase to join with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden‘s Monday challenge to find flowers from our own gardens to cut and enjoy in our homes
Then yesterday returning home after a very wet morning spent bird watching with my husband I noticed that the wild plum was beginning to bloom; I say ‘wild plum’ singular but there are in fact many of these trees in the lane, too many so I didn’t hesitate to pick some branches to bring into the house. There is nothing like blossom to say that spring isn’t too far away.
Whenever I see branches of blossom I think of Susie at PBM Garden‘s beautiful, elegant Ikebana designs. This is my attempt; I know that what it needs for balance is some bold flower heads at the base of the branches but sadly even 2 extra wanders around the garden didn’t produce the required blooms. I did think of using some tulips but I felt their colour was wrong.
I love seeing the pure white blossom of the plums.
The tulips bought at Lydl and a DIY store continue to disappoint! All the bulbs that should have been white are coming up yellow! Almost worst is the fact that all the bulbs are growing at very different rates. I picked another T. ‘Daydream’ today to add to the vase with the others – these are gorgeous tulips but these have flowered one at a time virtually for the last three weeks! The yellow frilled ones are behaving in much the same way.
I do like the crystalline effect of this tulip and the White one shown on the pack was this type of tulip but it just proves that I should stick to the company in the UK where I usually buy my bulbs (yes I have had the odd bulb that has been incorrect but never a whole pack) Plus their bulbs are slightly larger and have always flowered together allowing for a full vase of one variety. The Orange Emperor that I was very pleased to find here after being so pleased with them last year have all come up with a tiny flower bud that doesn’t open.
Where do you buy your tulips? Have you noticed a big difference in quality between different suppliers?
Do visit Cathy to see her choice for today and vases from around the globe.