In a vase on Monday … finally

26 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday … finally”

  1. The close-up of the tulip in the little teacup is mesmerising Cathy in a group of gorgeous photos. I love all the little grooves in the petals which wouldn’t be noticeable in a more distant shot. I also enjoyed seeing all your trees in leaf and/or blossom. Everything looks so green.

  2. That larger view of your landscape is as luscious as your bouquet. And the Fantin-Latour reference is perfect. As for “America’s favorite Tulip”? Maybe or maybe just marketing. I am growing mostly orange and brownish tulips (Orange Princess being a favorite). My favorite double is a white one: ‘Schoonoord.’ They don’t return reliably in my garden so I tend to just plant a few each year and almost think of them as annuals.

    1. The garden does look luscious right now – sigh, spring is too short!!! Don’t know either Orange Princess or Shoonoord (weird Dutch name!) But have just googled and they both look like they should go on the list (especially ‘Orange Princess’

  3. Your Angelique are gorgeous, Cathy and look much btter in your vase than when I used to grow them in those 5 pots outside the kitchen windows. Mine were quite short stemmed and never looked right in situ – your stems look much longer so perhaps they jsut didn’t like pots. Mind you, I like your raspberry ripple ‘Carnival de Nice’ ones even more. Love your tulip cup and saucer – such a good prop for IAVOM, and with memories attached too.

    1. They so seem to have quite long stems, Cathy. I have to admit that it’s still ‘Carnival de Nice’ that steals my heart too! More next year?

  4. Your photos are lovely – the teacup was the perfect finishing touch and really does make Angelique look like she stepped out of a Dutch painting! 🙂

  5. The fat tulips are a joy, I have some Angelique too though not cut yet. I once had a tub full of them outside my front door and they lasted for weeks and did look very good. A vase overflowing with them is probably their best look!

    1. Oh – I like that, ‘fat tulips’! Yes they are a joy – just like peonies! Good enough to eat (and double Brompton stocks – ditto!). Might try the Angelique in a tub myself!

  6. I love that ‘Carnival’ tulip! I’ve tried growing ‘Angelique’ at least 3 times but tulips of any kind are a very poor investment here. Not only do they not come back, few seldom even bloom in the first round after 6-8 weeks chilling in a fridge – inevitably, our Santa Ana winds arrive to wither the buds in place. Still, every 4-5 years, I break down and try planting some. (I can’t help myself.)
    The only tulips that have ever provided even a halfway decent show here are the species tulips and even they return only for 2-3 years in steadily decreasing numbers.

    1. It is hard to be without a flower you love, Kris. But we all have something like that – just won’t take our conditions. Mine is probably woodland plants – my first gardening love. I have planted so many Fritillaria meleagris here in a shady spot. But only 3 flowers this year. About 2 years ago I had a lot of tulip fire (wet spring, I think) and I thought it was the end of that too … but they totter on fairly happily, thank goodness!

  7. Your garden is looking lush and green, Cathy, a lovely sight for you it must be! ‘Angelique’ are a florist favorite here (for many years) and I can assume many gardeners plant them as well. Perhaps they are our favorite? They pair well with ‘Queen of the Night.’ I have a soft spot for parrot and viridiflora tulips. Unfortunately, between our moist climate and voles, not many return year after year. I am in love with ‘Carnival de Nice’ –it is gorgeous!

    1. Ah … maybe that’s what they mean then. I can imagine the combination with the Queen is lovely – must try! I have a lot of voles – so far they have not developed a taste for my tulips, thank goodness!

  8. Those really do look like peonies, and the others look just like they do in the catalogues! I do not grow tulips, but it is nice to see how they do for others. I will try them someday, probably some plain white ones. I know that they look like eggs on sticks, but I that is probably what I would grow, maybe with some light apple blossom pink ones too.

      1. If I do it, I will certainly brag about it; just like the snowdrops that bloomed in my garden when I did not even know that they were there.

  9. Spring back, knees every part of my body is complaining about the long hours spent in the garden. I love your selection of tulips in the jug. Peony flowered tulips look so opulent and next year I might copy your idea of combining Angelique with Carnival de Nice. Sumptuous! They really do look like a Dutch Master.

  10. Oh your cup and saucer must be most precious to you Cathy. What a lovely family heirloom. ‘Angelique’ was one of the first tulips I ever grew along with ‘Mount Tacoma’. You might like the latter which is also a peony type tulip with fabulous frothy creamy white flowers.

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