In a vase on Monday – preemptive action

The flowers in my vase today were picked on Saturday as like most of northern Europe we are forecast snow and temperatures in the range of minus 5 to minus 11°C.  I don’t know if the temperatures will dip so low but the 50 km per hour winds from the north are very likely indeed; my garden is windy at the best of times and when the wind is from the north or northeast it is not unknown for my heavy caste iron chairs to be flung from the terrace onto the gravel.   Continue reading

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In a vase on Monday – Thin pickings

I was very much hoping that my Mimosa tree would be in flower to include in today’s vase for Cathy at Rambling in the Garden‘s meme where she asks us to find something in our own gardens or surrounding area to pick and bring into our homes to enjoy. Continue reading

In a Vase on Monday – Tulip Time!

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.

Tulip ‘Daydream’

T. Daydream

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!

T. Daydream

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.

In a vase on Monday Tulip Van Eijk

Tulip Van Eijk

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.

Daydream

Tulip ‘Daydream’

First tulip, just about to open.

Tulip ‘Daydream’

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.