The garden is currently awash in blues (various Muscari), purple (Hyacinth) and red (Red Emperor and other tulips), but the prevalent colours remain yellow and white, mainly thanks to many varieties of daffodil still going strong (with two varieties not yet open) and the Daytona and Exotic Emperor tulips I planted last fall. Every Monday, Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens. I know I had these same tulips last week, but I think they’re worth a second look!
My mom lives thousands of kilometres away, but if she were closer, yesterday being Mother’s Day in Canada, I would have dropped off this vase of tulips.
The lacy edges of Daytona seem to get frillier every day, and the exoticness of Exotic Emperor is more and more apparent every day. The temperatures here have been cooler than normal, which means the spring bulbs are lasting a nice long time outside. Even inside, however, these two tulips have shown remarkable staying power. This is what Exotic Emperor looks like after a week of being in a vase, on my desk. I’ve watched it open a bit more every day, and now, perhaps desperate for a pollinator, it’s wide, wide open, showing off its gorgeous yellow centre. It looks like a distant cousin of Magnolia Stellata!
I’m attempting to use this small raku Ikebana vase every week, as a bonus vase of sorts. This week, staying with white and yellow, I snipped a few white grape hyacinths (Muscari – unknown species – they were transplanted from a small pot of forced bulbs purchased several winters ago), a single stem of the botanical tulip Turkestanica – displaying seedheads that (for those left in the garden) may produce seeds in future years, and my newest daffodil – Narcissus ‘Hawera.’ I keep this on the windowsill above the kitchen sink.
I wasn’t expecting the flower to be so TINY!!! I put a small white Hyacinth behind it in the vase to provide scale. It’s cute though – I’m just glad I planted bunches of them together. They’d be lost otherwise!