I love being able to share the bounty of my garden, especially with friends these days, in Ontario, when we can’t properly visit each other. The end of April and May is possibly the best time to share, as this is when daffodils and tulips start to bloom in my garden, the first in profusion year after year, the second if and when the chipmunks haven’t found them! I went out early yesterday morning and cut a lot of daffodils to share, plus the first of the tall tulips for our dining room table.
There are early tulips, and there are tulips that bloom early thanks to fortuitous planting. The red tulips here are the later. It’s a Greigii tulip, called ‘Toronto’, and has multiple flower stems coming off of each bulb. The bulbs I planted last fall are mainly just on the verge of opening, but a few were planted in front of a west facing wooden raised bed and behind a chunk of limestone, and the micro-climate those elements created gave the blossoms a bit of a push.
Hyacinths are in their prime this week, adding some lovely fragrance to the garden, and providing some pollen for our honey bees. (The biggest challenge I had delivering these jars to my friends was making sure I had shaken off all the bees and hornets before loading them into the trunk.)
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. Here’s a final view of one of my daffodil jars. I love the symmetry here – all thanks to the flowers themselves since I can rarely achieve such a perfect look! Stay safe everyone!