cornwall in colours

At the end of last summer I bought a fairly large zinc planter, the aim of which was to plant orange begonias in for the shady courtyard in summer. Meanwhile I filled it with spring bulbs. First it was full of the lovely dark purple Iris reticulata ‘Dijt’, followed by a few random narcissus from the previous year and now 30 tulip bulbs that were free with my bulb order from J Parkers. I have no idea what kind they are other than ‘long stemmed mixed pack’, but they are very beautiful in shades of red, pink, pale ivory and purple. Normally I am not a fan of mixed bright colours, but these seem to work well. The needle-like foliage from the irises that flowered in February provide a nice contrast to the wider tulip leaves.

Whilst we are confined to #StayAtHome I will be posting photos from around my house and garden to hopefully cheer us all up.


  1. Sue says:

    What a gorgeous burst of colour, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They can’t be missed! When they were the only tulips flowering they looked good, now the rest are joining in it’s a bit gaudy.

      1. Sue says:

        Oh, a bit of lively colour never hurt

  2. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Those colours will definitely cheer us up!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are somewhat in your face! But the green container and all the greenery at the base certainly helps to calm things down.

  3. Gorgeous, cheerful colours, Jude. I love tulips. πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Plenty to share with you Sylvia – I probably have well over a hundred!

  4. Sometimes a mixture works well, as in your planter. I love Tulip Time

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well since these were free and have been flowering since mid March I cannot complain. And they do seem to suit this planter well.

  5. Cathy says:

    Wow – that’s a zingy combination! 😁

    1. Heyjude says:

      Zingy is an appropriate word!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Seems like most people love the mix of colours. I wasn’t so sure, but they have grown on me as have the pure yellow tulips now they are fully open. I shall show them in a different post.

  6. Dina says:

    How gorgeous, Jude. Tulips are so cheerful flowers to us and this abundance is a joy to watch. Great idea with a mix in this planter. I wanted to get a big zinc planter filled with geraniums to put on the remains of our eucalyptus trunk, but it will have to wait. The warm weather lately has been a bliss for the garden. I think this must be nicest spring I have had in England so far. Weather-wise. Sigh.
    Happy easter to you both. xx

    1. Heyjude says:

      April is often lovely down here, but August is often horrible. I do like spring and I do like tulips (which accounts for the fact I have well over a hundred this year) The zinc planter is lovely and I will buy another one when I can. The begonias however will have to wait until next year. Hope you are all doing OK during this troublesome time, I suppose you can actually walk to the beach from your house if you feel safe. Plenty of salt marsh to roam around in. Love to KB and the Bookfayries πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§ πŸ’–

  7. parikhit dutta says:

    The colours look so bright and cheerful πŸ™‚

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