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 Continue reading
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. Continue reading
It would be easy to say it was all Cathy (Rambling in the Garden)’s fault that I’ve become passionate about growing and forcing tulips into early flower to cut for a vase; but it wouldn’t be true. I’ve loved tulips for a long while now and learning how to force them into flower by chilling the bulbs before planting is just a natural progression.
If the greenhouse were warmer they would flower much more quickly after they’ve been chilled and planted. Some I may experiment with next year – there’s always a “next year” in gardening, don’t you find?
Let me show you how Tulip Daydream that looked a very elegant yellow when I picked it last Tuesday but that I thought might have been miss-labelled has opened fully now and is showing the apricot/orange colour that was shown on the pack and in the description.
It has also grown hugely – the flower is now a full 15 cm in diameter (that’s very nearly 6 inches). I wasn’t expecting that!
For my vase today I was able to pick more of Tulip Van Eijk. There are more yet to flower but with the addition of some Senecio (old name, I know) they have made a very pleasing vase.
I often prefer tulips on their own but I’m happy that the Sececio allowed the tulip stems to have their own space in the vase.
Do visit Cathy to see what treasures everyone else has found today.
First tulip, just about to open.
Put into fridge on 4th September. Planted into a pot and placed in my frost free greenhouse on 4th December meaning it had 91 days at below 8°C. So 50 days from planting to first flower.
This is the only bulb of the 12 which is flowering; some in the same pot are only just pushing through the soil. I don’t know why this is. It will be interesting to see how this compares with other varieties.
It is a good name for as I have been daydreaming about my tulips flowering for at least a month!
I’ll share it with you when it opens.
This past weekend has been glorious; sunshine that was actually warm; too hot for a fleece! I weeded and tidied the evergreen shrub beds and while doing so discovered the shoots of tulips pushing through the earth. I think the tulips in the garden will flower earlier this year because they have had their period of chilling before Christmas rather than having to wait for January and February. But sadly no tulips yet for my vase although next week – maybe. Continue reading
I had a few things that needed to be done first thing this morning and I wasn’t convinced there would be anything to pick for a vase to today so I wasn’t sure I would join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden‘s Monday challenge to find something in our own gardens to cut and put in a vase to enjoy in our homes. Continue reading
I have been absent without leave from blogland! I needed a little break and life has been very pleasantly busy over the Christmas and New Year period. I have enjoyed reading many of your posts but not commented again through lack of time. So to all of you that I haven’t wished an individual Happy New Year, I send you my very best wishes now. Continue reading