One of the new tulips I planted this year is (supposedly) The Lizard. It’s a gorgeous Rembrandt tulip that has red flame patterns on a paler background, but now appears to be Crème Lizard – interesting but not what I was expecting. Until I identified it I kept looking at it hoping that chameleon-like it would change colour. Now I know this isn’t going to happen.
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Last spring I saw some tulips underplanted with parsley – I can’t remember where – but I thought it looked rather wonderful, so I’m giving it a go. I suspect I should have got the parsley in earlier so that it could get well ahead of the tulips, but if I’m lucky it won’t be completely overwhelmed and achieve the desired effect. If it works there will be photos.
Three months on from fracturing my kneecap I’m back out in the garden – and it feels wonderful. I am being sensible(ish). I strapped on the kneebrace and put my mobile phone in my pocket. Anyway, two hours later I’ve planted several pots of tulips, some with wallflowers, and protected them from any snacking squirrels that may come this way. My large vintage hanging baskets actually look rather decorative covering the pots either side of the front door and I’ve used holly trimmings on the rest of the pots. The squirrels really don’t like the prickles.
Oh the joy of tulips, especially in grey weather. The one advantage of the rather gloomy April weather is that they will look good for longer – during March I thought spring might all be over in a week. Given the labour intensive nature of ordering them, planting them and protecting them from marauders, it’s good to spend some time revelling in their vibrant colours. Like many gardeners I found that MORE
There’s always a time around Christmas when I wonder what possessed me to buy so many bulbs – and when I’m going to finish planting them. Somehow I managed to get them all in this year and although planting them couldn’t always be described as ‘fun’ – it’s lovely to see all my pots filled and bulbs starting to show. This is the time of year when friends ask me ‘is it too late to plant bulbs?’ and I generally reply that bulbs are more likely to flower in the ground than in a paper bag.