…for the tulips, that is.
Overnight winds that have continued throughout much of the day have removed the residual petals from many of the tulips, leaving only the deep maroon ones above and these lily flowered ones with a flush of pink that have not long opened:
I had begun to think that the dark ones, which I couldn’t remember planting, must have been left in the pots from some previous year, as there seemed to be an unusually large number of them, many with relatively small flowers. That may well still be the case, but as I began to empty the pots I suddenly remembered snapping up a late bargain sometime in the autumn from J Parkers, a cheap online plant supplier that I sometimes use – a collection of perhaps 60 tulips for a ridiculously cheap sum of money. Unusually, I don’t seem to have kept a record of what they were, although there were four different varieties, separately packed, and this would explain my puzzlement over many of the tulips that appeared in bloom this year.
Some pots, probably those that had received least watering, were definitely ready to be emptied:
…and I dithered over the maroon ones but, with the bit between my teeth, in the end (vase spoiler alert!) I cut the flowers as the bulbs were removed. Most of the bellis is still going strong and some will remain in the pots whilst some will be replanted elsewhere. I had already picked out the white flowered ones and replanted them in the entrance border, adding a splash of white amongst the green foliage which will dominate the border for much of the year, here complementing the white brunnera B ‘Betty Bowring’.
With two or three nights of low temperatures forecast, albeit still above freezing, I shan’t dress the pots in their summer clothing until later in the week but will prepare the soil, re-using as much compost as I can and adding slow-release fertiliser and water retention gel. We are anticipating garden centres opening again on Wednesday of this week, so I will be able to stock up with compost again, having used almost all of four big bags since the end of March, so this gives me some flexibility. The greenhouse and I will give a joint sigh of relief once the pots are planted up!