My tulips before...
And my tulips after last night's snow...
This morning we woke up to this:
Look, there is even a little snowdrift on the bathroom windowsill.
I know it's not that unusual to have some snow at Easter, but it feels really wrong after the hot and sunny weather we had last week. This is why English people talk about the weather all the time - it changes so much!
Anyway, tulips. I love them and they are my favourite flower in the whole world. For the last few years I've been planting them in tubs and pots in the Autumn and leaving them till Spring, when I drag them onto the front steps and by the french doors and other places where I can see them all the time. When they have finished and died down I pull up the bulbs and store them in a cool dark place until I replant them later in the year. (I realise it would make more sense to just leave them in the tubs, but our garden is tiny and space and pots are very limited.) They haven't been looking so great this year, a bit brown and spindly and droopy. I wondered if you can continue using the same bulbs indefinitely or do they only last for so long? Or maybe I should just plant them in the ground and leave them alone and let nature do it's thing.
I picked the best ones yesterday to put in a jug on the coffee table, and I'm so glad I did! I will admire them from the warmth and comfort of my sofa with the fire lit and a cup of tea.
I hope you are all warm and dry wherever you may be.