In a vase on Monday – purple and yellow tulips with Berberis

Purple yellow tulip

‘If age teaches you anything, then one of it’s lessons is certainly not to hurry if you’re already late’ – Sergei Lukanenko (a science fiction writer)

This week’s ‘In a vase on Monday’ is some berberis (cut carefully because of its vicious spikes) with yellow and purple tulips.  The tulips have been growing in a border on right hand side of my garden (the sunny side). I planted lots of white, cream, purple and pink tulips last Autumn (from Wilko and Sainsbury’s so as usual I’ve got no idea what they’re called).   The yellow one’s were a lovely surprise last week. My Chap planted them when I wasn’t looking – as he loves yellow and tries to sneak more yellow flowers into the garden.

This is the first vase my Chap bought me when we got together; it arrived with flowers too :-).  I like it because of the twist in the glass – and it often has flowers in it on our dining room table.   He works in the wholesale florist industry, selling just about everything except fresh flowers, so I have quite a lot of vases. It was lovely to do a full size arrangement this week – most of mine have been mini ones so far – Tag in a vase on monday

A close up of the purple and yellow tulips with Berbers 21st April 2015

A close up of the purple and yellow tulips with Berberis – 21st April 2015

I didn’t know much about berberis apart from its sharp spikes and it’s evergreen. Ours has red berries in the Autumn and the bees love it.  I’ve seen it growing right across the UK so it’s pretty hardy. People often plant it as hedges or under windows to deter burglars.  But, after a bit of research, I discovered there are hundreds of varieties, it grows wild across Europe including the Middle East but also in Himalayas.   The berries are high in vitamin C but very tart; the dried berries are used in an Iranian rice pilaf called ‘Zereshk Polo’. The berries are also used in hedgerow jams as it’s high in pectin.  I’ll have to look out for the dried berries in the specialist delis in Manchester and have a go at cooking with it. I’ll ;let you know how I get on.

Things have been very hectic for me recently, especially at work,so I’m a day late with my ‘In a vase on Monday’; I hope you don’t mind.  I felt so much more relaxed walking around my garden this morning deciding what to pick for my vase; I decided not to rush, just as Sergei said.  These tulips are really cheering me up so think I might use the picture as a screen saver at work.

Do have a look around Cathy’s blog – Rambling in the Garden for more lovely vases and flowers from people across the world – 
She has lovely tulips this week too.

Have you got tulips flowering near you?

love Bec xx

8 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – purple and yellow tulips with Berberis

  1. Cathy

    That vase is a gorgeous shape, and how nice that the Chap takes more than a passing interest in what is in the garden – hmm, or is it, if he wants to see things in it that YOU don’t…? After all, yellow is not everyone’s favourite colour in the garden! I like the contrast of your sharp berberis with tyhe pristine tulips, almost as if the berberis is guarding them. Fascinating to hear about the berries too. Thanks for sharing and don’t worry if you are a day or two late – glad you are getting pleasure from picking and posting 🙂


    1. Bec Post author

      thank you… He knows more than me about gardening but doesn’t have much time. he does all the digging, heavy work because i’ve got back trouble. He loves yellow but it’s too full on for me inside the house… so he was having a joke i think 🙂 we both like cottage garden style but my poor garden was v unloved before I moved in – it’s full of bits of brick etc cos was brownfield site. I’ll blog about it. I’ll try and be on time next week as I hate being late 😦
      have a good week – it’s been glorious sunshine all week 🙂


  2. Lisa@intotheglade

    The vase is lovely. Beautiful colours as always. I am having terrible trouble with squirrels. They have taken bulbs out of my border and also dug a massive plant out of a pot to feast on the roots aaaggggghhhh! X


    1. Bec Post author

      thank you I’m enjoying picking the flowers 🙂
      squirrels – so so so annoying!!! it’s possible to put netting down and cover with bark but it’s v difficult to stop them digging things up…
      mine haven’t been around this year much… had terrible trouble last year.


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