"Looking forward to Spring already
The weather has turned very cold this week. Wish I could hibernate for a couple of months now and miss Christmas and the cold weather and wake up in Spring. I have planted over 300 bulbs during the last few weeks, I bought a few extra tulips today and planted them - that makes 150 tulips in various varieties"
Now it is April and those bulbs are living up to my hopes for them.
|A patch of tulips in front of my summer-house today|
The town of Spalding in Lincolnshire is famous for the annual Tulip Festival early in May. With the unusually warm weather we have experienced since the end of March I feel sure my tulips will be over by then.
Each day more begin to show their colour while others open fully. The lovely weather has ensured that I can fully enjoy them, no beating rain or gale force winds to damage them and of course I have also been able to spend a lot of time in the garden admiring them.
I have never grown double tulips before, they don't really look like tulips but the nearly white ones I have tried this year do look very beautiful, almost like water lilies.
I didn't stop with the borders in my garden, I also planted some bulbs in a couple of tubs on the drive, during the summer they had bedding plants in them and I 'recycled' the potting compost, these add a lovely bright splash of colour when I come home and park in front of them.
I still have more varieties in tight bud in areas that I planted later or that are a little more shady so my own small Tulip Festival will last a while longer yet, I hope the weather doesn't change so I can enjoy it to the full.
If you want to beat the Winter Blues and have something wonderful to look forward to next year make a note somewhere to buy bulbs and make sure you plant them, all too often I have found bulbs still in bags the following year but I diligently planted all bulbs as I purchased them and then bought more last year.
The show they give is quite spectacular and worth every penny spent on them. I hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse of some of my tulips if you haven't any of your own.