Tulips

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Everything seems to be getting into its stride out in the garden at the moment; delicate blossom, perky daffodils, swathes of bluebells, and now the tulips.

The colours are rich and jewel-bright (apt given they are from Sarah Raven’s Venetian Tulip Collection) and look gorgeous planted up en masse in some vintage dolly tubs that I picked up on eBay last year.

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This is my first foray into the world of tulips and I’m pretty darn pleased with the results; the dark (almost black) ‘Havran’ looks as though it is made of velvet, and the painterly streaks on the outside of the ‘Prinses Irene’ are simply stunning. However, it is the scent of the ‘Couleur Cardinal’ that has been the best surprise; an intoxicating, fruity, rose-like scent that I just can’t get enough of.

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7 Responses to Tulips

  1. BettyM says:

    Love tulips! Have you read Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach? Or looked at the stunning pictures in Anna Pavord’s The Tulip (I have to admit I never got round to reading it… but I did like the pictures!). The history of tulips is so interesting which makes them even more beguiling to gaze at!

    • Sian says:

      I haven’t read either, nor do I know anything of the history of the tulip so will have to add those to my reading list!

  2. Helen says:

    They’re beautiful! Unfortunately all ours got dug up by hungry squirrels this winter, so it’s nice to be able to enjoy yours!

    • Sian says:

      Sorry to hear about the pesky squirrels – I pegged down holly branches over ours all winter until the leaves were finally poking through and it’s obviously done the trick.

  3. Stunning photographs! My Couleur Cardinal ( in my dolly tub too!) are only just emerging. Hadn’t realised they’d be, fragranced – can’t wait!

    • Sian says:

      Great minds think alike! I had no idea they were fragranced either and have only found a few references online, but it really is a gorgeous scent. I hope yours are similarly lovely!

  4. Ooh vintage dolly tubs – niiiiice!

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