Cathy at Rambling in the Garden invites us to join her with a vase on Monday, to begin our week with the pleasure of flowers cut from our gardens or nearby.
I think I may have said last week that I was a little under whelmed with the Tulip ‘Miami Sunset’ – well I should have waited before passing judgement. It is a tulip that ages beautifully; growing taller, the bloom becoming larger and the colours, deepening, changing, becoming like shot silk.
Here’s the vase as you saw it last week
In just two days the tulips have grown to be taller than the Teucrium that was almost hiding them.
I actually took so many photographs as the tulips developed I think they will deserve a post of their own.
By Sunday, they are shrinking again, drying a little, but still worth their space on the sideboard.
But there were of course more blooms to pick (I usually plant 25 bulbs to a pot but I have decided this is too many, even allowing for the fact that they don’t all mature at once I think 15 would be enough and it would spread the time I have them to enjoy.
Tulip ‘Daydream’ begins a soft yellow and then becomes suffused with peachy apricot.
The second picking of T. ‘Miami Sunset’ seem to have a slightly different colour which must be impossible as they were all planted together in the same pot! But the petals appear to be slightly flamed reminiscent of T. ‘Princess Irene’ but much taller.
Two vases in the kitchen, yeah! The vase of T. ‘Exotic Emperor’ hasn’t quite finished yet.
On Saturday I was invited to meet a friend’s new granddaughter, a very special occasion so I found a few fresh blooms and improvised with a cut down plastic bottle (I don’t have many of those now as we buy our water in glass and take them back to be re-filled).
There were a few more stems f T. ‘Daydream’, ‘Exotic Emperor’ and ‘Miami Sunset’, I added a stem with the seed head of Fatsia japonica and Iris unguicularis, plus a stem of Lonicera fragrantissima for perfume.
Sorry about the mess on the worktop, I was in a rush by the time I photographed the vase.
What have you found to put in a vase today to share with us?
I hope you have some good gardening weather this week.