I’ve been prowling around the garden checking for consequences of our being away and for the most part things have done perfectly well without us (kind neighbours watered the greenhouse). The exceptions are the things that I planted in the ground a few days before leaving, thinking that they would do best there, but the continuing lack of rain has left a few shrivelled beyond redemption. Fortunately, the pots of beautiful caramelised-orange tulips: Brown Sugar, Cairo and Ballerina are looking wonderful. Too good to cut in fact, so today’s vase contains odd purples and pinks from around the place: Formosa, Black Parrot, Queen of the Night and Negrita.
I am a big fan of Black Parrot tulips, although they take a while to reveal themselves in all their dark feathered glory (they stay largely green on the outside until they completely open).
Each year I promise to throw away our pots of Tulip Formosa because sometimes that pink is quite horrid, but this year they seem more muted and I like them against the Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ leaves and ‘Queen of the Night’. (I’ll probably forget again in any case).
In my head I had the idea of the dark tulips floating on a turbulent sea of cow parsley, centaurea, forget-me-not and erysimum, but in reality I’ve managed to bunch everything again! Ah well, think tossed in the waves.
There’s also some spirea ‘Bridal Wreath’ in the arrangement to add a bit more sea foam, plus I couldn’t resist picking the first aquilegia to show colour. It adds a touch of dusty pink, dancing overhead as it catches the breeze.
So here is my stormy seas vase on our pebble patio:
I am joining in with Cathy’s ever expanding IAVOM meme. There are plenty of lovely vases to browse there today so do click through. It seems that there is a strong purple/blue theme running through the offerings!