The tulips in the tank shown in the recent GBBD post (those that may or may nor be Ollioulies and Van Eijk) have been beckoning all week, demanding a role in a Monday vase – or a further role in the case of the darker pink ones.
They were not permitted a solo appearance, however, as there were a number of other contenders clamouring for space and they were joined by Narcissus ‘Thalia’ and N ‘Bridal Crown’, both used in last week’s practice wedding posy, a single white hyacinth planted in the ground after a season inside and few Tulip ‘Fur Elise’ which had been languishing in a corner of the fruit cage where they had been moved once the blooms were over last year but which have now been repotted and placed in full view from the kitchen windows. On a whim I also cut the complete flowering spike of Helleborus foetidus, realising as I did so what a good base it might have made for a wedding posy – too late for that now…
The blooms were cut the day before and conditioned in water overnight before being placed in a white enamel IKEA jug. Choosing a vase has been made very much easier now we have cleared the old wardrobe in the downstairs bedroom and added shelves to enable the vases and other vase paraphernalia to be stored in one half, rather than in boxes under the bed (Anna might recognise my two Bizarre Bookshop jigsaws peeping out of the other side). The jug was photographed outside against a background of lilac felt, almost giving the impression of clouds in a soft summery sky, and accompanied by the remains of a packet of Liquorice Allsorts… all sorts in the mix.
I love the density of blooms in today’s vase, evident from the overhead shot below, and the gentleness of their colours – very easy on the eye – and yet it involved very little effort. No doubt it will bring as yet untold pleasure during the week. I hope many of you will also find pleasure in what you can cut from your garden today, or forage nearby, and share it with us by leaving links to and from this post.