Cathy at Rambling in the Garden inspires us each Monday to find flowers from our gardens or collected locally to cut and enjoy in our homes. She has encouraged many of us to look forward to Monday as a day to share our vases with many other enthusiastic participants.
We have had a week of two very different weather conditions. For most of the week it was deliciously warm (ideal gardening weather), then at the weekend a ‘Beast from the East’ arrived bringing with it gale force winds and temperatures dipping below freezing. This had its effect on the development of the tulips. The pioneer stems of two varieties began to open and so were picked with the expectation of adding the rest within a few days; the cold temperatures have delayed the rest so today’s vases are not as abundant as I had envisaged.
Tulip Negrita has always been one of my favourite tulips, all the more as it has returned in the garden for many years. Last year I added some Double Negrita and for this year I saw that a Negrita has been added to the list available and decided to try them. The first bloom appeared almost a week ago, way ahead of the others in the pot; when I added the others to the vase and changed the water it keeled over as you can see in the image above. I then cut it shorter to give it more stability in the vase.
Last weeks fish bowl arrangement has been adapted by removing the pot of Iris reticulata and adding a single stem of Tulip Blumex Favourite, another parrot tulip.
What will you find to share with us today, I wonder. For more vases visit Cathy.
Hope this is a good gardening week for you all.