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Tulip Time

April 28, 2016

DSCN6380Euphorbia mellifera is looking glorious lording it over a pot of T. ‘Brown Sugar’ making a rich, rusty-orange combination.  And just emerging at the base of the pot is T.’Orange Favourite’ to extend the flowering for a week or two…


These Wilco tulips were bought in the sale and I hope to have identified them as a species T. Clusiana var. ‘Cynthia’ …DSCN6475

Three multi-stemmed Amelanchier have blossomed and beneath them is flowering wild garlic mingling with Euphorbia robbiae and Spanish bluebells…




On the allotment the eight rows of flower seeds sown ten days ago are showing no signs of germination.  As compensation there are relatively few signs of weed seedlings so the ground is still warming up. However there is emerging leaf on rows of Charlotte potatoes…


And the chard is looking healthy…


I cropped the first of the rhubarb and a handful of salad leaves…


And for the hall table I picked a pot of T. ‘Hakuun’…


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Lucy moore permalink
    April 29, 2016 9:35 am

    Lovely images Sue. Particularly like the T. Clusiana….is it hard to grow? So cold here I haven’t tried to sow anything outside yet except spuds and I keep wondering if I should cover them with fleece… Yours look v healthy!

    • April 29, 2016 9:49 am

      Hi Lucy. These tulips could not be easier. I planted them in the ground rather than in a pot and suddenly spotted them blooming next to the garden shed.The flowers close at night which is very funny to see and spring back fully opened by morning. I’m keeping a beady eye on frost forecasts and yes fleece would be good to protect emerging potato foliage. It’s a slow start to the growing season but no doubt everything will catch up by the end of May.

  2. May 2, 2016 7:19 am

    T.’Brown Sugar’ is one of my favourite tulips, it looks great with the Euphorbia. I’m envious of the rhubarb, I tried growing some here but it needs much richer soil than I can provide and a cooler summer! Enjoy!

  3. May 2, 2016 11:01 am

    Hall table is a dream come to life–and chard breaking up in the garden such as promise, such a joy! Thank you.

  4. May 2, 2016 11:24 am

    Yes I was very pleased with the cream tulips in the white vase-isn’t nature awesome?

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