I can never resist the allure of the supermarket tulip. It seems that although the house is filled with the scent and colour of hyacinth and narcissus, it’s just not enough. I still need my tulip fix. Of course the garden is filled with them, but the thought of waiting patiently through the next two months before they come up and I can have tulips in the house is just too depressing. I am, and always will be, an impatient gardener. Greedy too.
I’ve changed the water and cut the stems several times, which seems to have kept them looking good. I imagine that the final, flamboyant collapse, which I love as much as the initial opening of the flowers, will occur some time next week. Not bad at £2 a bunch.
Although I’ve managed to extract a little bit of homegrown something from the garden throughout the last couple of months, the pleasure of lone blooms, artfully arranged twigs and bunches of ivy snaffled from various derelict plots in the neighbourhood is wearing thin. This need for a colour-fix and some substantial cut stems is proof to me, if it were needed, that our garden is sorely lacking at this time of year. Naomi’s excellent post relating to scent as well as colour in the garden throughout the year has got me thinking about how I might rectify the situation for next year. Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’is on my list – my sister has it in her garden, and she and I cut some branches back in January which not only looked wonderful but filled her house with delicious perfume.
In the meantime, I’m grateful for the supermarket and street market bunches.