The Last Tulip Hurrah

My tulips have all but finished now. The storm on Monday night last week not only revealed another leak in the roof, but also blew away the last of the petals from most of the tulips I have grown this year. Only two remain – some White Triumphator in the raised bed and a pot…

cornwall in colours: copper

Some of my favourite tulips bought over recent years have been those with coppery tones – burnt orange, burnished copper, sunset colours. Ballerina, below, is probably my favourite. A tall, elegant lily-flowered tulip with a citrus fragrance. And one that regularly comes back year after year. I bought another 10 bulbs for this year and…

cornwall in colours: golden yellow

More tulips I’m afraid. Along with some other yellows in my garden at the moment. I wasn’t sure about these pure yellow lily-flowered tulips when I first saw them opening, but they have definitely grown on me. Their star-shape flower when fully open in the sun is striking. When the sun shines through the tulips…

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…

cornwall in colours: orange

Tulipa ‘Orange Emperor’  are old bulbs which I planted in the raised herb bed in 2016. They were gorgeous in spring 2017, but only a few appear each spring since. This year I have five lovely flowers in one clump, but only one flower and several leaves in another. Tulipa “Orange Emperor” – March 23…

Raindrops on tulips…

is one of MY favourite things. Hope these have brought a little joy into your world today.

tulips make me happy

It seems a little early for tulips, but already some are in flower. And right now we need all need cheering up. I hope they make you happy too.