Tulipmania #1

Tulips – north-facing

These pots of white/pink striped tulips with the green/purple ones and lipstick red are located at the front of my house which is in a north-facing courtyard where the sun never actually reaches the steps on which the pots stand. It can get a bit blustery in the courtyard, but so far these lovely flowers have withstood the weather and the pink ones have been flowering for a couple of weeks now. I see now that the pink and purple work well together, but perhaps the red ones should move to the back garden. I’ll work on the colour palette for next year!

Plant Focus

I love tulips, they are my favourite flower even though they are quite short-lived. Having not planted any for the past two years I went a bit mad in the autumn and bought bags of bulbs in copper, orange, dark purple, pale pink and deep red. I finally got them planted in December filling every available pot I own plus sticking the remainder in the herb/veg beds. And then in February I noticed them already beginning to peep through the soil.

Last month the white ones at the front of the house opened, and as they age they gradually take on pink stripes, deepening all the time. Combined with them are some dark purple ones which are now beginning to show.

Since the beginning of April the copper and orange ones in the back garden have opened. All thoughts of the money I spent last September have vanished as I look out at the splash of vibrancy among the greenery and smile. Hard to believe that so much pleasure can come from a little brown bulb.