I 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.