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.


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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