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Tulips

April 14, 2012

The yellow tulips still look fantastic in their black pot in the garden and it must be three weeks since they emerged. The ones I cut  last week for the house changed form opening to a huge flat windmill flower and I much prefer them closed as they are here in this image.

On the kitchen table is a pot of the cultivar Tulipa greigii Red Riding Hood. I’ve never grown it before and I am enjoying the striped brown and green leaves and varied tones of tulip heads as yet un-opened.

The cut flowers for this week are the Spanish bluebells out a month earlier than usual.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2012 12:33 pm

    I love your pictures of tulips they are my favourite spring time flower. Do your bluebells last very long when they are picked?
    Sarah

    • April 14, 2012 12:50 pm

      Hi Sara

      I feel the same as you about tulips and can well imagine the fever to collect that they caused in earlier centuries. I plan for more next year inspired by http://outofmyshed.co.uk/ and http://charlottesplot.com/ both of which have some gorgeous images.

      The bluebells last for about five days and then they fade in colour. I like that stage too -blousy but in a naturalistic woodland sort of way.

      Sue

  2. April 14, 2012 3:04 pm

    Our larger potted tulips are looking very good at the moment but the dwarf ones all got frost burn on their leaves so I feel no guilt in cutting the flowers to bring them inside to enjoy them.

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