My tulips are up. I’m especially happy with these because they are the ones which I’ve dug up and chilled each year for the last 3 years. I know this because all the new bulbs are still small leaves, whereas these red ones are all blooming. I think this is because my fridge has glass doors, so they probably had more light than they should have had during the chilling process.
In any case they were already sprouting by the time I planted them in pots under the trees. They are looking beautiful there and I hesitated to cut them, but I couldn’t pass up the flowers from the pruned honeysuckle.
The Honeysuckle is not the Japanese one which I love. That one is too rampant to introduce near bush. Even this one which is supposed to be a shrub is now frowned upon and had to be pruned hard to keep it from growing everywhere except where where I wanted it. It smells nice, but not as much as the Japanese one.
Last year I cut flowers from the Flannel Flower, Phylica pubescens. They were lovely and lasted for ages in the vase. But this year the bush has been covered with Bumble Bees since it started flowering, except for one morning when it was white with frost. It looks to me as though the bees are harvesting the pollen. I thought that only the queens survived through winter, but if these are all queens there are a lot of them. This is by far their favourite food right now – even the shrubby wall flowers (Erysimum) which they love are not getting attention just yet.
A winter flowering lavender, Lavender Sidonie is also beautiful and attracted one or two Bumbles. They are so heavy they weigh down the slim stems.
The Honeybees are ignoring these flowers and heading out across the neighbouring property. I think they have found a good big patch of flowering gorse somewhere.
Over at Rambling in the Garden the vases are lush with Summer flowers. Why not add your own?