There’s a wonderful overlap in my garden that happens about this point in the spring…as the four flowering cherries finish their magical bloom time, glorious tulips start popping up in both the gardens and in pots. Designed to be brought into the house specifically, the large containers of tulips were such a Godsend during these last weeks of staying home, their roseate shades greeting me in the entry hall (above), and down the stairs. As one set passed, we brought in another for a different location (below, ‘Pink Impression’).
There was another set for the solarium, where the Parterre Bench over winters. She always awaits this moment surrounded by ‘Dordogne’ tulips before she is moved back to the garden.
When we venture outside to take our long walks, I’ve been reminded what a vision a collection of tulips can be when you drive or walk past…whether in Newport…
or Manhattan’s Central Park where the walks are punctuated with a generous display of tulips.
Even in Fort Worth, Texas, where they obviously provide a welcome note for passersby and visitors alike. I keyed in on the fact that these tulips are underplanted with blue pansies, which makes the scene even more compelling. From a design standpoint, this pairing takes advantage of the fact that orange and blue are two complementary colors, each playing up the other’s intensity.
Which may have prompted me to choose this particular tole container with its peacock blue urn for my ‘Princess Irene’ tulip arrangement.
Another favorite container, which I call my “Little Black Dress” of an urn, is filled with the perfect “accessory” — pearl white tulips encircling the rim.
Last year, England was memorable for many reasons not least of which was their tulip displays. At Bowood, in the Cotswolds, I’m remembering their white tulips (and red) planted so beautifully in the parterres which stretched the length of the terrace.
It was thrilling to arrive in the middle of England’s tulip season (first week of May). They were everywhere, from storied Hidcote….
to mystical Rousham, designed by William Kent in the early 18th century.
In one of the estate shops, I spied this mix of exotic tulips that are all the rage in tulip aficionado circles…the ‘Rembrandt’ tulips, with their “flames” that originally derived from a virus way back in early Renaissance times (now bred specifically for this flame effect).
I couldn’t resist closing my post with this scene stealer of a tulip…’Estella Rijnveld’. Hot! Hot! Hot! Hoping this vision will keep your spirits up.
Stay well, and safe and sound…