In a Vase on Monday: More Bang for Your Buck

Concise and to the point sums up today’s Monday vase: ‘Red Georgette’ tulips, multi-headed and thus giving more bang for your buck, popped into the gifted vase that you have seen many times before and accompanied by a shapely and curvaceous little red vase that itself might only hold a single stem. Each tulip bulb produces several stems, seemingly fused to each other and splitting off at various points up the main stem. This year they were grown in a pot but I shall definitely be growing them again and will probably sink these potted ones into a border when they have finished flowering. The heads are much smaller than many other tulips and they looked especially attractive in bud when their multitudinousness was even more obvious.

Last week’s vase has only just been dismantled, easily lasting the full week. The magnolia was the only element that failed after a couple of days, but at least the bud opened after being cut which I was pleased to see. Parrot tulip ‘Victoria’s Secret’ died especially elegantly, whilst the luzula still looked fresh and the aquilegia having opened after a few days was just on the way out. The squirrel tail grass, however, was different again, fat and fluffy instead of slender and furry, and now covered in pollen: I like it very much.

Many of us are especially busy in the garden at the moment and blogging is having to take a step back, but if you have time to pick something from your garden and pop it into a vase then I am sure it will give you additional pleasure over the next few days. If you also have the time to write about it and share it with us then we will do our best to catch up with your blogs as soon as we can and share in your pleasure – just leave the usual links to and from this post.

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78 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: More Bang for Your Buck

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  2. Those tulips sound very interesting. Have you ever been to the Tulip fields in Holland? An amazing sight – and scent! I was drunk on the scent of hyacinths.
    Here’s mine, all pinks and oranges:

    • Cathy says:

      They were new to Peter Nyssen and I shall look at their other multi-headed ones too for next year

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, and no, I haven’t been to Holland and with an expired passport we don’t plan to go abroad – too many places in the UK (and Ireland – we go in Sept) to see

      • Yes, I know what you mean – it was over 40 years ago when I went! But a friend has just returned from there and his description reminded me of the spectacle!

  3. Alison C says:

    Beautiful and showing that a vase doesn’t have to be complicated, in fact this shows off these tulips in all their lovely detail. The squirrel tail is very appealing. It is certainly busy but I have planted many things out this weekend and now have the job of watering them all and remembering where I have put them.
    My big news:;
    Thanks for everything.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Alison – I had so many pressing things to do outside yesterday that I didn’t even stop to consider putting anything else with them. And yes, the watering is an issue and on hot days they can so easily shrivel up if they are still little 😦

    • Hi Alison, I’ve tried to leave you a message on your blog but I’m not sure if it got through. Very exciting news. Looking forward to hearing more about your new adventure!

  4. Anna says:

    Wow – that’s a flower that makes instant impact Cathy. I’ve not come across ‘Red Georgette’ before so will have to look her up. Her size appeals. The squirrel tail grass head looks deliciously fuzzy and sneeze inducing. I only sowed mine in March so it has some way to go. I’m totally behind with blog reading and commenting so will have to make a determined effort to catch up after sundown as it doesn’t look as if there’s any rain on the horizon. My vase is here :
    P.S. I emailed your earlier πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for your email – good to hear from you and know that we shall see you soon πŸ™‚ The tulip was new to PN but they do have some other multi-headed ones too – and it is a standard one, not a species, so will stand out in a border. no rain forecast here this week so I have the hose at hand which I would never have done pre-open garden!

  5. Cath says:

    Wow, multi-headed tulips, I’m sure I haven’t seen these before. The cute little vase reminds me of a bulb itself. Blogging has had to take a step back for me too although it’s Autumn here, so here is my vase for today and one from a few weeks ago which I didn’t manage to post :

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  7. Glad to see your tulips are still proving their worth Cathy. I missed last week because of the Bank Holiday so nice to catch up with your lovely vase from then – love that squirrel tail grass!
    Here is my little offering for this week:

  8. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful. The cylindrical vase is perfect to hold the lovely Red Georgettes. Garden tasks seem to increase for every one I check off, but it’s been fun to be outdoors enjoying the changes that occur every day. Have a great week and thanks for hosting!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – I am pleased to have finished painting the fences I wanted to tackle, as I can focus on the beds now although they need weeding again before I plant out anything else in them! Seeing the daily changes is a bonus to any hard work, isn’t it?

  9. I’ve never grown any multi-stem Tulips. They certainly make a statement. It is finally a Tulip moment in my garden. Picked them before our many days of rain began. Very soggy outdoors but a nice bouquet inside:

  10. Joanna says:

    Truly lovely! They are such a brilliant shade of red!
    I have a sunny offering this week. πŸ™‚

  11. Oh those are fabulous tulips….I may endeavor to try some miniature tulips again in the front garden and hope the critters don’t find them. I also love the squirrel grass in its puffed up stage….it really is quite a treat to see in all its stages. This week we are seeing some new flowers and changes in the garden as we have stayed warm for most days (except this weekend we dipped into the 50s and 40s). So I have a few vases as I don’t want to miss anything flowering right now. Enjoy your gardening….

    • Cathy says:

      These are not the small species tulips though, Donna, which makes them all the more attractive as they have some height to them and would really stand out in a border. The squirrel grass is almost green now and I have popped it into a little vase on the kitchen windowsill to watch its progress

  12. Beautiful tulips. Ah, the garden right now is busy. I feel like I am two weeks behind everyone in the country. But finally my garden is blooming and I am sharing some of the blooms today.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks. We can only do what we can – and try and enjoy the busy blooms as well as keeping on top of our tasks

  13. Your simple vase is the perfect container for the not so simple tulips. It seems the gardening gates have opened everywhere.Here is my vase

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I agree – although I wasn’t sure whether to cut the stems a bit shorter. There would be no going back if I did, though!

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  15. Sam says:

    Gosh, those are sumptuous tulips, Cathy! All mine are pretty much over now, sadly, but I did find a few to put in a vase today πŸ™‚ I’ve done two because I missed last week. It’s here:
    Thank you, as always, for hosting. Hope you have a lovely week. Sam x

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sam. I though mine would be over by now, but two or three varieties are only just coming into their own – a recommendation for having both early and late varieties (it wasn’t planned!)

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  17. Cathy says:

    That is a gorgeous tulip Cathy, and what a bonus with several flowers per stem! Here is my contribution for today:
    Have a good week in the garden!

  18. bcparkison says:

    Isn’t Nature’s garden wonderful?

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  20. Wow, what a gorgeous, impactful red that is. Sumptuous! I love it when a vase carries over for another week. Have just bought tons of Luzula nivea for our front garden on the recommendation of another blogger (I forget who – thank you, who ever you were!) so I’m looking forward to using it in vases soon. Here’s mine this week – tulips again (as I expect will be a common theme).

    • Cathy says:

      It might have been me that mentioned the luzula – although I would say the that L sylvatica is an even better do-er (I could send you some…). Are you planting up your labyrinth now? I am intrigued to see what you decided on in the end – will you not be showing us till it’s finished?

      • It was either you or Sam (A Coastal Plot) – or both. I would love to try some L. sylvatica, yes please! The labyrinth has come to a full stop while I revise for my exams. I have lots of new perennials lined up to go into it though, and more in the post from Claire Austin, so that side of it is slowly developing, just not the heavy lifting stuff! I think I’ll leave showing it till it’s finished, as the piles of topsoil are not terribly photogenic. I am taking photos as I go along though, and will just do one big post at the end, I think. I also haven’t forgotten about visiting you, but again my next trip south won’t be until after the exam in June. I’ll keep you posted of course.

        • Cathy says:

          Well done for keeping a record of your progress as it is easy to forget – I am so looking forward to seeing it when it is finished! I ahve bought a lot of plants from CA in the last couple of years and have been pleased with them so you no doubt will be too. I will sort out some Luzula for you (it has definitely become a real stalwart here). Good luck with the exam and look forward to your popping in in due course (nb open garden days are 20th and 24th June but you can come any time – although preferably not the days preceding the openings when I shall be Superbusy!!)

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  22. Those tulips are delightful! I’ve never heard of a multi-headed tulips, but they do really make an impact! I will have to keep a look out for them. Spring is indeed a busy season, gardening and all life’s stuff too. Here is my submission for this week’s IAVOM: Thank you again for hosting this challenge – I do love the inspiration, and information, I get from you and others!!

  23. Peter Herpst says:

    Your tulips are a wonderful jolt of lovely red color. The recent warm weather has done in the last of my tulips so it’s a joy to see yours. It is a busy time in the garden indeed and my offering today consists of prunings that got plopped into a vase instead of being thrown in the compost heap. Thanks again for finding the time to host even during this hectic time in the garden!

    • I just love the zingy colours you have put together Peter, especially love your zingy thingy!

    • Cathy says:

      I thought my tulips would be over but these and a couple of other varieties are still in their prime. Good to hear you are still recycling those prunings, Peter!

  24. Diana Kirby says:

    I love that squirrel tail grass – I’ve never seen that before. It adds incredible depth to your arrangement. My post today is a vase of wildflower and perennial blooms that I gather to honor my mother-in-law who is no longer with us.
    (not sure why this didn’t come in as a link – sorry about that.)

    • Cathy says:

      I love it too, Diana, and I am enjoying seeing it transform – this is the first time I have grown it so I didn’t really know what to expect πŸ˜‰ ps your link works OK…

  25. Kris P says:

    I didn’t even know multi-headed tulips existed! Not that I can grow tulips here but, if I could, I’d definitely grow those. Best wishes with your open garden preparations, Cathy. I’m sure you’re VERY busy. Here’s my post:

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  27. Christina says:

    Lovely to see your tulips, they create a dramatic splash of colour. Hope all the preparations are going well for the Open Garden. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      The tulips are more of a scarlet in real life – better than in the photos! Sorry to be late catching up with your comment and post – Monday is always an especially busy day, as you can imagine, although it’s not just with IAVOM πŸ˜‰

  28. tonytomeo says:

    If I tried to grow flowers like that, and I caught deer eating them, I would have more bang for the buck too.

  29. Cathy her multi-headed tulips “Red Georgette” I love, they alone form a divine bouquet with the tall, narrow white vase. I like the little red vase that accompanies it: in a charm. I hope your work goes well for the opening of your garden. Have a good week. Greetings from Margarita.

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  31. Oh, I do like the look of those ‘Red Georgette’ tulips. My reds are over fairly early, so these multi-headed, slightly later blooms would be a great addition to the show. That little red vase works wonderfully as part of the set piece.
    My vase is full of scented lilac and can be found here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Allison – I would certainly recommend the tulips. Next year I will grow them in the ground and see how well they reappear in future years

  32. smallsunnygarden says:

    After seeing these, I think I would order some multi-flowered tulips if only they would grow here… πŸ˜‰ I didn’t realize they would be so showy! Just love them in that vase…
    I’m taking advantage of still having roses around this week – I thought they and the garden were going to be fried to a crisp last week, but cooler temps have returned, much to the satisfaction of all the flowers and especially Wollerton Old Hall:

    • Cathy says:

      They certainly have a great charm and I will definitely grow them again. Glad your garden (and you?) has had some respite from the heat

  33. Chloris says:

    Yes, it’s a busy time at the moment specially for those of us with garden openings looming. I love your jolly red tulips.

    • Cathy says:

      Ahah – is it your village opening again, or are you going solo? Hope you are keeping on top of it all… πŸ˜‰

  34. Gosh, that first photo looks like a watercolor. That’s amazing and so are the tulips.

  35. Noelle says:

    That quite a special tulip….and quite late in the season too.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, much later than some. I will grow it in the ground next year, I think, and wonder if that will make a difference to the flowering time

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