In a vase on Monday – Tulip Blumex Favourite

You may remember that last week I showed you one Tulip Blumex Favourite in the round goldfish bowl vase.  This week there are more of this interestingly coloured parrot tulip; I again used some Fatsia japonica seedheads although they are very heavy and have already flopped in the vase.

In a vase on Monday

Tulip Blumex Favourite

Tulip Blumex Favourite

Tulip Blumex Favourite

Tulip Blumex Favourite

Tulip Blumex Favourite

Tulip Blumex Favourite

Do visit Cathy at Rambling in the garden for other Monday vases.

Have a great gardening week.

I’m going to be sowing tomato and Zinnia seed as space becomes free on the propagating trays.  I sowed Zinnia Benary’s Giant Wine on Saturday and it has germinated this morning (good fresh seed from Chiltern Seeds).  Have you started sowing seeds yet?

42 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – Tulip Blumex Favourite

  1. The way the colours flow on the petals is reminiscent of those beautiful patterns on the endsheets of old Venetian Books…The colour blend of apricot, strengthening to orange with streaks of green would enthral a painter. The blooms are magnificent.

  2. Gorgeous girls Christina! Lovely colours. I photographed a lovely parrot tulip in my garden last summer – see here – She and her sisters gave so much pleasure, and I think I bought the bulbs from Aldi! I’ve got two very simple little vases today, modest little offerings but the colours still packs a punch I think/hope! Amanda

    • Parrots are fun tulips to grow; you were lucky if your good ones came from Aldi. I usually buy my tulips from Peter Nyssen. You don’t need to leave your link here (but I don’t mind if you do), but you should link to Cathy at Rambling in the garden because it is her meme.

  3. It is such a gorgeous tulip. Yes, I started seed sowing last week. As usual I ordered far too many and wonder how I am going to deal with them all once they germinate

    • I have the same problem. There are either far too many or too few seeds in the pack!!!! I’ve just taken delivery of new staging for the greenhouse which should help but the plants will go who knows!!!?

  4. They are such an oddity, but I love them for their quirkyness – and it’s lovely to see a whole vaseful of them today. I have been sowing since the end of January and have pricked out the first of my zinnias today. The last couple of years I have sown the zinnias in April but these suggested from Feb so I have trialled an earlier sowing – they germinated in about 2 days, as they always seem to do! I have reduced the number of things I sow a little this year, just growing tried and tested things apart from a few new things I had not come across before, like emilia and crepis

    • I’m growing far too much! I seem to have ordered a lot more different Zinnias and still have seed from the last few years too, but they are wonderful value. Perhaps I can supply friends with vases on a regular basis. I find the Zinnias need a lot of light to grow on well, do you have grow lights? I was thinking of trying some this year.

      • No, I don’t have lights. I remember when I first grew them they didn’t do well and people recommended I sowed them later; sowing them later meant a shorter growing season though and the next year I got some healthy plants but only a few flowers. They have done OK being sown in April but have been too overshadowed in the cutting beds so they are going in a bed of thei rown this year! It’s getting the balance right, and finding out what works best in our our conditions. Some of my last year’s seed is a shorter variety and I think I won’t bother with those. I just love the whole process of sowing and pricking out and working out what plants will reliably do well – it never ceases to give me a thrill 🙂

  5. Christina that most wonderful tulip. Its colors are fascinating and as they change their tone as it opens: the peach, orange and green and the interior is divine. It is an exceptional parrot tulip, no wonder that when you saw it in Amsterdam last year you chose it. I love it I love it I love it. I like how the seeds of Fatsia japonica fall in the vase. I brought a few seeds from the country house to plant here in Madrid. But in my house they give all the windows and the terrace to the north and a little to the west with what I do not have enough natural light. Besides, now it’s going to start raining, so much for the pollution, the countryside and the reservoirs. If I plant, I’ll tell you. Have a very good week. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  6. That’s a gorgeous tulip, Christina. I planted (direct sown) seeds some time ago for sweet peas, larkspur, and Orlaya among other things. Only the Orlaya has obtained substantial size thus far. I think our colder-than-usual weather has delayed progress. Birds seem to be pecking at the sweet peas too.

    • Only 3 seeds of my Orlaya germinated, I think the seed was old, but I really can’t buy fresh seed every year. I’ll sow the rest of the pack, I might get a few more plants.

  7. Wow, the coloration on the tulips is incredible. And I love the Fatsia,because I do. This week I planted Zinnias, Radishes, Bush Beans, Zucchini and some weird Basil, Blue Spice. I am going to plant some more Zinnias and Heirloom Celosia for cutting..

  8. Oh, and I have already sown some Abutilon and Scabiosa seed on a windowsill and it has germinated within a week! The rest will have to wait until mid April as usual. 🙂

  9. I really love the detailed shots of the tulip heads. Those delicate colours and intricate shapes. I have bought seed, and hope to sow next week. We still have cold nights. I have bought zinnias – rather more in hope than expectation!

    • Zinnias usually germinate in a couple of days if the seed is fresh; once they’ve germinated grow on where there is plenty of light; your conservatory should be perfect.

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