And aren’t they just?! Tulipa ‘Little Beauty’ was just one of the surprises I had when I took an unexpected visitor and sometime reader of this blog round the garden yesterday, realising that my early start and late finish at the polling station the day before had precluded any rambling, thus giving twice as many new treats for yesterday’s ramble! Growing to only about 10cms, this very pretty young lady is even more petite than her clusiana counterparts. Equally surprising were the first flowers on the Tulip ‘Peach Blossom’ in the 5 pots outside the kitchen window, unfortunately less than one per pot appearing so far, and a potful of Tulip ‘Fur Elise’, a birthday present last December. I had no idea what the latter were going to like, as my friend had already planted them up in the pot, but I was intrigued by the strikingly stripey leaves (despite the preconceived idea that I wasn’t keen on wide leafed tulips) and astonished at the almost lily like appearance of the flowers, creme caramel coloured. Very nice.
Next to the stream we discovered a flowering clump of Geum rivale ‘Leonard’s Variety’, far removed from the original plant which has readily and helpfully set seed, but not in a thuggish way at all, and the enthusiastic shoots of a clump of Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum – these had barely poked their noses above the soil the last time I looked. I was wondering whether to transplant a clump to the newly-planted ex D*****’s P**** bed, but will perhaps let other things settle in first. These seem to like their home on the bank of the stream better than the original clump in the woodland edge border.
Heading back to the house we noticed lots of buds on the Clematis montana ‘Warwickshire Rose’ that is scrambling through the magnolia, and although it shared the magnolia’s severe haircut last year it looks as if it is coming back as strongly as ever. Discussing the progress of my friend’s wisteria we looked up and found that here too there was great promise for later in the month (last year I posted a picture of the wisteria in full flowering glory on May 25th, so looks like no change there) – spotting the new flower buds never fails to thrill me, after that first tear-jerking discovery in 2006. Looking down, we couldn’t fail to be entranced by the fluffy fresh catkins on the prostrate willow, Salix cashmeriana.
Little beauties, every one.