I picked a mixture of tulips for today’s vase, some of the purple mix I spurned last week, newly blooming Merlot from the shrub border, Exotic Emperor from a big pot of tulips grown for cutting, White Dream from one of my bargain buys and what I think might be Spring Green – but couldn’t resist just using the white ones in the end. I say ‘white’, but in fact all three varieties are painted in various ways with deliciously green markings which I find especially appealing. In the short time between cutting and photographing the Exotic Emperor was puffing himself up and flaunting his robes to ensure we all knew who was in charge in the group; even the addition of sprigs of twisted hazel could not keep him in check.
The stems were placed in the denim blue stoneware vase that was given to me in the mid 70s, a vase that appears to be in the style of famed potter Keith Murray and for a long time was the only vase I owned. The white
addition this week is a piece of apophyllite, one of my favourite gemstones and one that enhances energies and connects the physical with the spiritual, releasing blockages and promoting calm. It is made up of cubic and pyramidal crystals and is often found in association with pink stilbite, so in this case is technically not ‘all white’.
Tulips are very much the flavour of the month in the UK at present so may appear in many other vases today; indeed some of our blogging community have recently been enjoying tulips to the full at the Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam. Will there be tulips in your vase today, or will it be some other spring blooms (autumn blooms in the southern hemisphere) that you have been enjoying in your garden? Please consider sharing them with us too, by leaving links to and from this post in the usual way.
And here, just because I can, is a bonus, a little vase of my first sweet peas, with a couple of local hedgerow sprigs of pussy willow: