With temperatures in the low twenties over the weekend, and continuing this week (that’s into the 70’s for some folks), it seems spring has prematurely ended and summer has arrived. This will likely (but not definitely) be the last week to feature spring bulbs (since Lilacs have just started to open…) and, happily, one of my favourite daffodils opened on Friday, just in time for today’s vase of cut flowers. I don’t know what it’s called, it just appeared although I’m sure I planted it at some time. I get three flower stalks every year; this is one of them:
For fragrance and contrast, I paired this solitary daff with several N. Quail, still going strong, and, supposedly the star of the vase, Pittsburg Tulips, the final tulip of the year. Its tall stem makes it perfect for cutting and the lovely purple adds grace to anything.
I titled this post ‘Six Hours Later’ because I took the first set of photos soon after cutting the flowers, around 6:50 Friday morning. The light was perfect, but the tulips were closed tight, so I took the vase inside, where the warmth of the house prompted the flowers to open wide. I brought the vase out again at 12:30 – a bit of a difference!
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. Have a great week everyone!