Thursday, April 12, 2007

The best laid plans

Oh, sod going green by managing my life better. How about just going into the garden and watching God do it for me.

Last year I had this fantastic scheme for a tulip bed, based upon the beautiful Princess Irene. Isn't she lovely? This picture doesn't do her justice - the orange is good, but the streaks are a much deeper purple. So I put together a bed of solid purples, orange Ballerinas and these Irenes. I would so love to show you what it looks like, but whaddaya know? The purples, which are significantly shorter than the oranges, ha ha, are seriously past their best just as the oranges are looking beautiful. Princess Irene, on the other hand, is still abed, a tightly wound green bud whose intended playmates will all have packed up and gone home by the time she decides to show.

Current state of play:
Still OK if you don't look too closely. But if you do look closely, you notice that one of the Ballerinas has flared. You win some, you lose some, eh?


FirstNations said...

those are glorious! what bulb company????

i put some $$ into 'queen of the night' and 'black parrot' and whaddya know...nobody showed. but i have some lovely peony flowered scarlet people, little shorties with multiple blossoms, and i have no idea where they came from.

mig bardsley said...

That's just gorgeous!

Dave said...

I think tulips are amongst my favourite flowers, with their intense colours. Such a shame that they last a short time.

CT said...

Beautiful tulips

Anonymous said...

Lovely, Mango, I am just in the process of sorting out my neglected garden, so you have given me inspiration.

I, Like The View said...

I love the colour combination of bright orange/red and deep blackish purple

what a vision!

what an inspiration!

thanking you kindly

Mangonel said...

Isn't Spring wonderful? FN, I've always wondered about the Queen of the Night. (Such splendid arias too.) Never had the nerve though. Bet she'd look GREAT with a Ballerina or two.

Wyndham, quick! Giraffe dahlias, irises and nerines! NOW!