This vase of tulips may not be quite as graceful as I would have liked but as they are the first tulips I have been able to pick this year they are a tribute to the amazing gracefulness of tulips at every stage of their flowering – from bud, through partially open, fully open and then their gradual decay.
These are Tulip ‘Sake’, in their second year of flowering so I am happy to have them return, and their ‘iridescent rich rose, deeper inside’ seemed to reflect the ornamental quince Chaenomeles that was growing nearby, so a sprig of this was cut too. The quince was bought as coral pink ‘Madame Butterfly’ but may have been grafted onto a more common variety as most of the shrub is now throwing up these pinky red blooms instead. The skinny vase was picked up a few months ago from the charity shop that now operates on our local recycling site and I have been keeping it specifically to use, in the first instance, for tulips which I visualised arching gracefully towards their elegant death. I have no vases anything like this one so was thrilled with the bargain purchase.
Being anything BUT graceful is my tiny one-armed articulated person who is propped up against the vase, no doubt sulking because I also decided to include a more elegant additional prop of a rolled up tulip leaf (as demonstrated by Susie in several vases on Monday). The rolled leaf was discretely secured with a broken cocktail stick.
It has been a busy week in the garden, with work on The Project coming to a conclusion, and the planting out of autumn sown annuals completed. Sowing is up to date and with warmer temperatures seedlings are growing quickly. October sown ‘Winter Sunshine’ sweet peas are now around 3 feet high and in bud, so we should be seeing sweet peas In a Vase on Monday in a few weeks time. The forecast dry and mild week ahead will see me on my knees, systematically weeding each area of the garden in turn – at least that is the plan! I really have been too busy to blog this last week, but watch out for the Big Reveal coming soon…
In the meantime, though, I will happily take time out of the garden to read and reply to all your comments on this post and to check out what you have found in your own gardens to pop in your vases this Monday. See you soon!