Although I have shown these tulips several times in the last couple of weeks they hadn’t made it into a vase until today, and well deserved their vase visit is as they are such a delightful mix.
They came, as I have mentioned before, from Aldi – a pack of 25 tulips for £3.99 and I bought 3 packs which are distributed between six containers on the paved area, four of which are grouped together. Each pack of the ‘Purple Tulips Blend’ comprises 5 bulbs of Claudia, 8 Flaming Flag, 9 Purple Flag and 3 Blue Diamond, un unequal distribution but one which works well as a…well, as a purple blend. I have only used 3 of the varieties in the vase, excluding Claudia as there were fewer of them in my mix.
I tried several vases before I found one that suited, the first choices suffering from necks too narrow for the inevitably chunky stems, This slim white glass vase with the slight flare proved to be perfect and I like the clean contrast of white against the purple tulips. The ‘Midget Gems’ serving as today’s prop would not have been my first choice and Dolly Mixtures, as well as having a more appropriate name, would have been a better colour mix, but I can’t imagine the sweet-eating Golfer ever being partial to the latter. There were no other ‘mixes’ to inspire me at the time the vase was being put together and the Midget Gems were just hanging around in an open packet and thus made their IAVOM debut.
I suspect tulips won’t be around much longer in my garden but there will be plenty of newcomers to take their place so who know what will be in my vase next week – I certainly don’t! Until you post your vases I won’t know what’s in them either, but I look forward to seeing them and finding out, if you leave the usual links to and from this post.