I picked the first of my tulips this afternoon. I have a bank of them growing along the left hand side of mtp. I love tulips. They’re just so crisp and fresh. I love the way that they’re quite firm to the touch and stand bolt upright. I love the way sometimes their colour doesn’t got all the way to the bottom of the petals but merges into green just before it hits the stalk. I love that squeaky noise that they make when you rub the leaves together.
They’re also the perfect cut flower for the kitchen garden! You plant them in Aug, Sept when most vegetables are coming to an end and you’ve got lots of ground to play with. And they flower so early that they will be over and done with by the time the ground is needed again for vegetables. Brilliant!