It is increasingly recognised that gardening has a positive impact on our well-being, bringing both physical and mental benefits, but what about the entertainment value? Who needs access to hundreds of television channels (or perhaps even a television at all) when one has access to the ever-changing view of our gardens? They have all the colour, drama, episodes and repeats that television offers (with the added excitement of our own starring role!) and even, in the ability to stand in the greenhouse and watch our seedlings grow, provides its own version of the iconic BBC potter’s wheel interlude… Fringe benefits indeed!
Also fringed are the tulips in today’s vase. Four out of the five stems were billed as ‘Hemisphere’ which can develop flecks and streaks but is not a fringed tulip, whilst the fifth and slightly larger one is a random ‘Huis ten Bosch’ which had reappeared in the shrub border, similar and correctly fringed:
Joining the tulips in the vintage glazed jug are stems of polygonatum or Solomon’s Seal from a clump I plan to drench with a neem oil solution in a bid to prevent them falling prey to sawfly, to which they have not yet succumbed. The simple prop is a set of hair clippers, a useful purchase during lockdown to tackle the fringeless hair of the Golfer and myself. After initial tentativeness, we both became tolerably efficient at the task!
It was not an easy task to choose blooms for today and I did so want to share the first of my Winter Sunshine sweet peas, but they will be around for longer than the tulips and that was the deciding factor in the end. Have you blooms or other material in your garden you would like to share with us in a vase or other container today? If so, just leave the usual links to and from this post.