It's been like a tulip festival here for a month now. We grow them in three big pots and in the cutting patch and have them in every room in the house - tiny glasses by the bed and on narrow windowledges, jugfuls in the kitchen and the sitting room, on the corner of the bath, by the kettle, on the dining room table. Sometimes just one bloom with forget-me-nots....I love how they keep growing even in the vase, and how the colours keep developing and changing....they even die quite attractively, which surely can't be said for many flowers. The artist Elizabeth Blackadder paints them at all stages - fascinating!
So here is the final fanfare for this year (I lift them, cutting off any flower heads and let them die back naturally, then plant them in the cutting patch in autumn).