We have been in a real rut of cold, wet weather here lately, so when the sun came out at dinner time tonight, I finished in a hurry and ran outside, leaving my husband to do the dishes, and plucked myself some tulips!
The tulips are ‘Shirley’ (white with purple edges), ‘Candy Prince’ (lavender), ‘Sunny Prince’ (yellow), ‘Violet Beauty’ (dark purple), ‘Orange Princess’ (orange!), and ‘Charming Beauty’ (apricot). I filled in the spaces with some sprigs of Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ and Alyssum ‘Basket of Gold’. A few branches of Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart, its foliage, and a few newly unfurled ferns top off the arrangement. The ‘Princes’ were the first in this year’s tulip patch to open; the cooler than average weather is helping them last longer than usual. ‘Charming Beauty’ and ‘Orange Princess’ are somewhat short, peony-flowering tulips in the middle of their bloom period. ‘Shirley’ and ‘Violet Beauty’ are quite tall, about 18 inches each, and are just beginning to bloom.
I really am charmed by ‘Charming Beauty’:
‘Violet Beauty’, ‘Sunny Prince’, and ‘Orange Princess’ are a nice trio:
‘Shirley’, with Bleeding Heart:
It’s rare for me to pick tulips to bring inside, but this year I have so many in my little patch that plucking half a dozen barely made a dent! Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this weekly vase party!