May 26, 2016

Tulip Time

This spring, I've had one of the prettiest tulip displays ever in my garden. The mild autumn we enjoyed here in the Montreal region meant that I had more time than usual to plant spring bulbs. I bought a lot of bulbs on sale in November and planted them. In December, the earth was still workable so I bought more! Lots of bulbs planted means lots of spring flowers!

In the photo above, you can see the early stages of the tulips in my back flowerbed. The elegant pink-striped ones in the back are 'Ballade'. They have been there for several years and I love them. The multi-coloured mix in front was planted this fall. On Instagram, I mistakenly said the mix was called 'Monet's Garden'. This colourful mix is actually called...wait for it..."Long-Stemmed 2 Months of Flowering Tulips Mixture".  It's certainly not a very poetic name but it is a very diverse and pretty combination of tulips. With the very warm days we have been having recently, a two-month display seems overly optimistic but I am enjoying every single day of them.

This particular flowerbed is visible from our kitchen window and back door so I have been making frequent trips there to gaze out at the tulips. In the more recent photos below, you can see how the stems are taller now and the blossoms more full.

Can you tell that I'm in love with them? 

Sometimes nature give you something a little extra. In the middle of all of these tulips was a very special one. A renegade. Isn't it amazing?

At the side of the house, I planted yellow-pink and purple-toned tulips together and they look like they were made to be friends. The pinks ones are a bunch-flowering tulip called "Quebec". The purple-edged ones are a Triumph variety called "Affaire". Both types have multiple stems so it makes for a very full display. I can see these ones from our dining room window. If it sounds like I spend a lot of time looking out of windows at my garden, I do.

I don't know what the funny-looking tulip below is called. (In case you are worried, he is not in a cage. I have these wire fences throughout my garden. I call them 'Meeko fences'. They are meant to slow down the galloping of a certain boy through my beautiful flowers. In this case, I had pulled one of the fences back in order to photograph the tulips. When I looked up, 'guess who' was sitting behind it grinning at me.)

One of the ongoing disappointments I have about many tulip bulbs is how they disappear over time. The silver lining is that it means that I can adjust and renew the look of my flowerbeds by adding more bulbs each fall. Every spring brings new surprises. I have many other tulips planted here and there in the garden but wanted to introduce my 'newcomers' to you.

Here's the "Monet's Garden" mix of tulips planted in front. I have to admit that I bought them mainly because of their name but I am very happy with their refined and elegant appearance.

If you'd like to see the watercolour images that include tulips in my shop, you can see them here.

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You may have noticed that I've made some small adjustments to the design of my blog. It's a little wider than before and my photos are also bigger. I hope that you like these small changes. I thought of changing my blog header but I still like it. It's been the same since 2011 but it feels like me. It's one of my favourite watercolour paintings that I did many years ago. The original hangs in our living room.

Today, I also managed to solve a problem I've had on Blogger since I began it in 2011! My photos would automatically indent from the left so I had to manually remove a piece of code after adding each and every photo! It was especially annoying when I had posts with several photos. I found some code that automatically corrects the problem! Hurray! It gets added in the CSS portion of the blog template. I also found some code that resizes my photos to fit my blog columns, also added to the CSS. Two internal changes that make posting a little easier! I'm sharing in case anyone else is struggling to solve similar problems.


  1. Oh, my goodness, I am also in love with your tulips! I would definitely be staring out my windows, OFTEN, if I had these views! Here in the Phoenix area, it only freezes a few times per winter, and in general does not stay cold enough for people to grow tulips, daffodils, etc. So, I miss them! I did grow them when I lived in Albuquerque. What a thrill after the cold of winter to see those tiny green tips start to push up through the earth, the promise of warmer days ahead! When I see tulips in the grocery store in the spring, I indulge myself and buy them now and then, because I can't grow them. Thank you so much for sharing your tulips, you did such a lovely job with your gardens! And, with your photos!

    1. Thanks, Nancy! There is definitely a lot of excitement and anticipation as my spring garden come to life. Then when it blooms, I want to soak in every moment as it is so fleeting. I'm glad I took a lot of photos as high temperatures this week and a thunderstorm really took a toll on the tulips.

      I can imagine missing tulips when living in a warmer region but you probably can grow many things in Phoenix that I can't here! :)

  2. BEAUTIFUL Tulips, they are such spectacular flowers, but I also find they don't last years. I think you've done a brilliant job with those though. We've just moved house for the second time, not what we had planned, and the garden is quite small and enclosed, not what we had planned either, and my young pup is insisting on eating everything in the garden,,,eeek, so I am hoping that come bulb planting time, I may just be able to plant some tulips? In the front garden at least. Meeko looks beautiful as ever! Xxx

    1. It's so nice to have news from you, Julie! I was thinking about you recently. Another move! Oh my, that must have been tiring. We've been in our house for 17 years this June. I don't look forward to having to pack things up some day.

      You have a new pup? How exciting and tiring (I remember Meeko's mischievous puppy days) but I think that may linked to sad news. I'm afraid to ask about your sweet old pooch. 💕 xo

  3. You have a glorious garden, my friend ! I'm amazed by the half/half tulip, how stunning !
    Looking forward to having my little piece of floral heaven myself !

    1. Thank you, Sonia. That bi-coloured tulip was so amazing to see. I am so happy for you. I know how much you dreamed of having your own garden some day!


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