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.
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?