Raspberry ripple tulips, blossom and holidays! In a vase on Monday

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In a vase on Monday – Tulips and dogwood – 27April 2015

It’s glorious sunshine in Manchester today, I decided to feature tulips again in my vase on Monday (Yellow and purple ones last week). These three reminded me of ripe cherries and raspberry ripple ice cream.  This could be because I’ve got holidays on my mind. We’re off to Cornwall on Saturday for a week – I am so excited!  I went last September (2014) for the first time in nearly 30 years. We had a wonderful time, especially at the Eden Project, so we’ll be going back there, the ‘Lost gardens of Helligan’ and the beaches too. Heaven!

These tulips were planted last autumn – I’ve mentioned before how much I like purple. These came from Wilko’s but as usual, I’ve got no idea what they’re called.

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Three purple, pink and raspberry ripple tulips – in a vase on Monday 27 April 2015

The dogwood (Cornus) is a variegated one with red stems in the winter.   It’s at the end of my garden and pokes out between a row of conifers in my neighbour’s plot . It hangs over into our garden; so we prune it, so it doesn’t poke me in the eye when I’m gardening.    Dogwood is easy to grow but it definitely needs pruning for it to be at its best; it spreads though if it’s left and the old wood doesn’t have the glorious stem colour.  There are loads of varieties including ones with yellow stems, it’s very common in gardens here in the UK because of it’s all round interest and its hardy.

I liked the contrast of colours with the purples, pinks, greens and whites. Also thought too much foliage would overwhelm the tulips.

I’ve used the same vase last week as I haven’t got any other tall thin ones – though I think The Chap might be bringing something home from work for me.

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In the sunshine – tulips and dogwood – 27 April 2015

We had a good day in the garden yesterday after a very hectic few weeks.   I rearranged my strawberry plants, put a dwarf raspberry in a larger pot and put the tumbling tomatoes in hanging baskets.   Also I tidied up all the fuscias in pots we’d over wintered in the garage and thought about what I’d put where.   A bit of TCL for my cosmos seedlings too – fingers crossed they survive us going away.  And The Chap put up the solar lights up too – we’ve eaten out in the garden 9 times so far this year.

The other things I’m enjoying this week are the wonderful blossom on the cherry, apple, hawthorn tree – they look incredible this year.     There are many around where I live, as it’s full of Victorian houses and mature gardens.  I’ve only got room for two dwarf apple trees in pots in my garden but I’d love more.  The blossom is really brighting my drive to and from work; I really must get out and take some photos this week as they’ll be gone soon.

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Cherry blossom – 26 April 2015 – NO FILTER!!

Do have a look at Rambling in the Garden where Cathy hosts ‘In  a vase on Monday’
 www.ramblinglinginthegarden.wordpress.com. She’s got a wonderful selection of vases this week and is celebrating her 1000th blog post – I’m a very long way off that milestone. It’s great to see what people are growing around the world.

What plants have you enjoyed this weekend? Or have you been to Cornwall? Any suggestions where to go?

Have a lovely time

Carpe Diem

love Bec xxx

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16 thoughts on “Raspberry ripple tulips, blossom and holidays! In a vase on Monday

    1. Bec Post author

      thank you 🙂 I really like tulips think I’ll be squeezing some more in for next year – and the blossom trees are beautiful at this time of year… I must take some more photos (dodging the rain)…

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    1. Bec Post author

      thank you – i’m a real learner when it comes to flower arranging – the cherry tree is wonderful isn’t it – it’s on the green near my with three more. There are more than 50 flowering cherry, apples, hawthorns on the way to work – they so brighten my day. must take some photos when the sun is shining – have a lovely week 🙂

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  1. Julie

    What a lovely combination of tulips – I think you were t=right not to add too much to them. I hope you have a lovely holiday – I have not been to Cornwall for a very long time & really want to visit again.

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    1. Bec Post author

      thank you 🙂 Im a real learner when it comes to flower arranging – I have only got maybe 30 tulips flowering or about to flower-only got a small garden. Your tulips look wonderful 🙂 i am so so so excited about going to cornwall (lots of photos I know) I hope you get there soon 🙂

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  2. Christina

    Beautiful tulips, they always are! Enjoy Cornwall, one of my favourite places, if you’re in Fowey go to the bakers, it has the best bread and amazing chocolate brownies!

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    1. Bec Post author

      thank you – I love tulips – not got much space for them as only got a little garden -will ram some more in next year 🙂 we’re definitely going to fowey – we’re staying in charlestown – hope you have a lovely week and the sun shines 🙂

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    1. Bec Post author

      thank you 🙂 I wish the cherry blossom was mine but it’s on the green near my house – there are four 🙂 I drive past about 50 different flowering cherries etc on way to work – they so brighten my day.
      Thank you for advice about gardens – we’ll try and get to them, we’re staying near st austell.

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  3. Christina

    You could plant some tulips in large pots. even layer the bulbs to have a succession of colour, iris reticulata or crocus, early daffodils and tulips all planted on top of each other, there’s a Sarah Raven video on Youtube you can see how to do it.

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  4. Lisa@intotheglade

    They are beautiful again this week. The middle one reminds me of Raspberry Ripple ice cream too. Ooooo!!! I love Cornwall. Try to go to Lanhydrock if you can. The house and gardens are both gorgeous, it’s a really lovely place x

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    1. Bec Post author

      thank you 🙂 I’m so excited about trip to cornwall – i think we might stop at Landhydrock on the way – we’re staying near st austell – hope you have a lovely week too

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  5. Laura

    Your tulips look so lovely, can’t wait till they bloom! The colours are so vibrant as well, and the sun looks great – too bad it’s been such bad weather the past few days!

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    1. Bec Post author

      Thank you very much 🙂 tulips come in a many colours and styles – I’ll plant more for next year or:-) fingers crossed for a sunny weekend

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