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.
Since last Saturday it has been perfect gardening weather. I have taken full advantage; I weeded and mulched the two evergreen shrub beds and weeded and cut back the now combined circular rose bed and small island – still haven’t thought of a proper name for this bed yet! Continue reading