There were so many things in the garden to choose from and pop into a vase today that making a decision could have been really hard, perhaps requiring the toss of a coin to see what made the final cut. In particular, there are lots of little spring bulbs – muscari, scilla and the like – but faced with the first tulips in any quantity these blue and white teenies have had to step aside.
To be honest, I think I knew all along it was going to be tulips, not only tulips but tulips in this particular vase, this flat, moon-faced vase (also resembling an honesty seedhead), which was snapped up on sight at a car boot sale after admiring a similar shaped vase from another blogger on IAVOM. The tulips gracing the vase are ‘Exotic Emperor’, a double tulip with outer petals more like green sepals than petals which look stunning at every stage in their development, from bud through to droop; indeed, this post is taking longer to write because I keep stopping to gaze at them!
The prop is the unused decision-taking device, a simple coin borrowed from the Golfer’s large collection, in this case a Sherlock Holmes 50 pence piece. This was issued in 2018 to mark the 160th anniversary of the birth of the author Arthur Conan Doyle, the reverse showing the iconic silhouette of Sherlock Holmes and a list of Doyle’s most famous stories involving the character.
I know tulips are delighting many gardeners elsewhere at the moment so the chances of them appearing in other vases today are high – will they be in yours? They have a relatively long vase life so why not enjoy them inside as well as out? If you are able to create a vase today, please consider sharing it with our blogging community too by leaving links to and from this post.