In a vase on Monday: tulips

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I love tulips better than any other spring flower; they are the embodiment of alert cheerfulness and tidy grace. . . .

― Elizabeth von Arnim, Elizabeth and Her German Garden

To see what other garden bloggers have put in a vase today, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

22 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday: tulips

  1. The tulips are a pretty color and your collection of vases is nice. I liked reading Elizabeth and Her German Garden a few years back and wonder now where it is. Must look around the house for it.

  2. Strangely, I have just been reading about Elizabeth von Arnim’s garden! She is probably right about tulips and it is good to see yours, wherever they have originated from.

    1. I think BBC radio broadcast a reading of her book in the last couple of years. Apparently, they edited out some of her descriptions of her husband’s less enlightened views on the local peasantry.

  3. Love your glass containers! I agree with Elizabeth von Arnim. I read that book a couple of years ago on holiday in Italy, so it has lovely associations.

    1. I did find a few poems about red tulips as somewhat threatening. Of course, there’s Sylvia Plath’s poem about them: ” The tulips should be behind bars like dangerous animals;/ They are opening like the mouth of some great African cat. . . .”

    1. Tulips seem to benefit from this together-but-apart treatment. I saw a lot of 17th c. Delft pottery tulip “vases” at the Rijksmuseum at Christmas, and they were designed to hold each bloom separate from the other.

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