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
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22 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday: tulips”
Gosh that’s rather wonderful way to display tulips – it looks a little like a row of chemistry instruments!
Thanks! The vases are all from the thrift store — except for the one that really is shaped like a test tube.
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.
I have a copy around somewhere too — or maybe it’s on my Kindle.
I adore tulips and these sunny blooms are smiling spring even in our continuing winter
During tulip time, we need to always have some around.
Love all those clear glass vases with their different shapes and the peek at your living space.
I need to start looking for some smaller ones, maybe a few inches high. A good flea market project.
Both the tulips and the vases sparkle in this setting. Stunning!
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.
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.
Ah, I wonder if it might still be available on iPlayer; will have to have a look. Thanks
Was one of my mother’s favourite and much read books. Also Enchanted April!
I still need to read Enchanted April. I loved the movie.
the movie was underwhelming after the book – I loved the opening scenes in grey London.
But the book I have read again and again!
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.
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. . . .”
I love your glass bottles and jars – a lovely way to display single stems.
They’re a lovely color and nicely displayed so each individual bloom can be admired.
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.