The early spring blooms have long gone and even the foliage of some has already disappeared. Late spring here means warm temperatures (relatively – it hit 15 or 16 today with patchy sunshine), flowering shrubs (fruit trees, serviceberry and some spirea have just started) and late spring bulbs. While some varieties of tulip and daffodil have come and gone, the fragrant Narcissus Quail and this unknown sunsetty-coloured tulip hybrid are still going strong. Just starting this week is Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – also called, for some reason, Summer Snowflake. Personally, I think it looks more like a giant snowdrop. Or Lily of the Valley.
One thing I love about this tulip is the creamy yellow margin of its leaves. You can see that here, a bit, in this shot of the ‘back’ of the vase:
My Ikebana vase today features another tulip – this one has a smallish lily-flowered deep red bloom, possibly ‘Aladdin.’ There’s only a half dozen or so in the garden and they don’t last long, but looking at the colour, especially in the sunlight, is like looking into a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. Or possibly Merlot… I’ve paired them with Narcissus Hawera – perhaps too large a difference in blossom size, but I love the colour combo.
Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting IAVOM and giving gardeners around the world an opportunity to share their flower designs. It’s a holiday in Canada today, as we celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday – she would be 201 years old on Sunday, if my math is correct. My mother, on the other hand, is a sprightly 84 today. Happy Birthday mom!