You may remember a previous post that I did about planting up an old tin bath with tulips and pansies. The idea was to provide the tulips with nice well drained soil, which I just don’t have in the garden here and to cover them with the pansies so that the squirrels, voles, mice etc wouldn’t be able to smell the tulips and then dig them up to eat them. It worked, hooray!! we have a bath full of lovely colourful flowers!
I thought that I had chosen all the tulips to flower together, but the white ones were out a while before the rest, also they are quite a bit taller, so I think they will be planted elsewhere next time. By the time the others caught up in height, the white ones were almost finished.
We have purple and white lily flowered tulips,
we have double purple tulips,
and single purple tulips,
also single white tulips with purple feathering, this one is called Rem’s favourite, I think it might be Pauline’s favourite too!
The single purple with a white fringe is rather pretty.
Single purple with a white edge finishes off the all the different varieties in the bath. As an experiment I think it has been a success and I will certainly repeat it next year. I think a plain white variety is needed to brighten it all up, but I will find a later flowering tulip.
I put these pink fringed ones into another pot, but I’m thinking maybe these could also go in the bath in future, what do you think?
While writing the previous post I saw something white moving across the garden out of the corner of my eye, it was our white pheasant going for her morning stroll. Apologies for the reflections on some of these photos, but I had to be quick!
Does she think I can’t see her admiring Narcissus Geranium, or is she saying, mmmm, they would make a nice snack now that the fritillaries are finished!
Just checking out the state of the pile of leaf mould before hopping over the fence to check on next door, hope their dog wasn’t in the garden! I’m getting quite used to crouching down and moving slowly round the garden, also hiding behind bushes, just as well that no-one can see into our garden! She is very careful walking between the plants in the borders and the woodland, quite often there is a hop, skip and a jump when a plant is in the way, nothing seems to be getting trodden on. Lately she seems to be on her own whenever I see her, which is a shame. As long as she isn’t eating any more of my plants she is very welcome, the undergardener always says that I turn round with a soppy grin on my face when ever I have managed to photograph her!
PS. I have just found out from a few of the neighbours that they have called her Portia, they thought she deserved a special name as she is a special bird. Apparently she is nesting next door but two in their woodland strip, but quite often her nest with 5 eggs is left unattended as we are still seeing her in the garden here, so I don’t hold out much hope for her eggs hatching. I think its rather lovely that this part of the village have adopted her, but we get rather worried if we don’t see her for a while as a fox has been around rather a lot lately………..we will all have to wait for the next instalment!