Shock & Awe

shock&aweI was completely taken aback to catch a glimpse of flowers in the sitooterie this morning – even though I was recently aware of tulip leaves emerging around the overwintering Sundaville I had not noticed any buds. Indeed it was the leaves’ limpness I had noticed, surviving as they were on perhaps only two or three waterings since the planters were brought inside in the autumn as I had forgotten the tulips were in there – I couldn’t even say what variety they were as I suspect they were probably freebies that came with something else. I know I planted some random unplanned varieties in November 2012, shoving some of them in pots near the house, and these must be some of them – but how they have got from limp leaf to almost overblown flower without being noticed is a mystery! One thing is for certain, they would have made an interesting vase if they had been discovered a day earlier….

Before the excitement of the tulips I had been going to share some odd snippets from around the garden to show that there was more than just hellebores and snowdrops performing, but let’s tag them on as an extra. The pulmonarias are beginning to bulk up nicely, some with more flowers than leaves – here we have ‘Raspberry Splash’, a lost label one and ‘Opal’:


Also showing new growth are the first flowers on Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’, such a dependable plant with very pretty leaves, a low-growing comfrey which could be ‘Hidcote Blue’ and finally what could be flower buds of lily-of-the-valley and if so would be the first time I have ever managed to get any to flowering stage. The latter was discovered in the species snowdrop border and put in a pot until it got to a stage where it could be identified.


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13 Responses to Shock & Awe

  1. Annette says:

    Hepatica flowering everywhere in the woods here but not such pretty varieties – I like your Raspberry Flash. Tulips are such amazing creatures: just passed by our neighbours who have abandoned their house years ago and say tulips coming up in their stone urn. Amazing creatures, can’t help but admire them 🙂

  2. Pauline says:

    Plants are determined to survive and set seed no matter what we do, or don’t do! Will you plant the bulbs in the garden now?

    • Cathy says:

      I should have planted them outside last year, really, shouldn’t I, Pauline? And yet I can’t even remember if they flowered last year…. 😉

  3. Having spent 7 hours in the garden today I concur things are happening. I do like a Pulmonaria and love to see Tulips. I treat them like annuals , taking them from pots after a second season before bunging them in the ground where they will have two chances! What will you do with yours?D.

    • Cathy says:

      That was a day and a half indeed! These tulips will go in the ground if I remember, but there are a few I have intentionally kept in pots from last year so it will be interesting to see how they do.

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, you have quite a bit of flowering excitement. I don’t have much luck with tulips or pulmonaria but meant to try Brunnera this year. Yours are all looking nice.

    • Cathy says:

      The brunnera spreads itself about a bit but is not invasive. I wonder why you don’t have much luck with pulmonaria as I didn’t think they were especially fussy…

  5. bittster says:

    What a surprise those tulips are! And the pulmonaria are such nice colors for spring (or anytime). Are you sure your mystery bulb is a lily if the valley? It looks like it might be some kind of Scilla, maybe a white one?

    • Cathy says:

      Ah – you may be right about the scilla, as I know I have planted them in the past….but that means still no lily of the valley….. 😉

  6. Christina says:

    The excitment of the first tulip!!! It happened here this weekend too so I know the feeling exactly.

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