Outside-in charts my attempts to bring the garden into the house with haphazard English Freestyle flower arranging.
Our vases have been full of tulips this month.
My favourites for picking were Sarah Raven’s brandy snap mix.
Their colours seem to suit the garden and the house. Steve prefers tulips in bright reds and yellows – I like them too – but these softer colours are more harmonious and gentler on the eye.
I’m especially smitten with a variety called belle epoque. It reminds me of the coral charm peony we have by the back door. I find it difficult to pick peonies since their flowers are so fleeting, but it feels far more acceptable to cut a few tulips. These lasted a good week in the vase, and smelt wonderful – almost summery.
In fact, some of them looked a little nondescript in the garden, but came alive on a windowsill when they caught the sun.
Its hard to believe these flowers came from the dry bulbs I planted on a bitter day in November.