Six on Saturday 4-5-24

With so much lush growth around the garden, I’d thought of a leafy green special for this week’s #SixOnSaturday. Yet the tulips called out to me. This year, I’ve experimented with both species-type, small delicate, lovely, though I’ve yet to get them into the borders proper as they are rather small. And I thought I’d try a few ‘mixed’ bags of bulbs this year. I’m glad I did, very cheerful for a spring when I’m fairly sedentary in the garden much more than usual. So here, we go. To start, some bright red species tulips that open wide and look almost like a field poppy.

Next, a slightly shocking burst of bright yellow. This is possibly a ‘double’, but surely is more of a treble? It appearsto be absolutely stuffed with petals.

from the same blub bundles, a red version that’s so bright that I have to photograph in the shade to have any chance of picking out the detail. Certainly eye-catching.

One big bag of bulbs contained a mix of striped tulips. I’m never been sure of these, yet in fact they are rather elegant, and seem to last for ages. Here’s a pink and white-tipped version.

And here a red-cream feathery effect is rather facinating. It was for the bees too. Before this flower was fully open I was dran to it by an constant gentle buzzing. A bumble bee had got stuck inside and could neither fly or walk out. A little tip of the flower helped her on her way.

Last, another gorgeous little pot of species tulip. This is ‘persian beauty’, and they really do glow in the sunshine.

I hope you enjoyed my tulip special for #SixOnSaturday this week. And thanks to those leaving comments on the blog – sorry if i don’t always get back to you on time! The blog is going well, but it would be great if more folk on Mastodon, or other parts of the Fediverse got into tooting a Six! Go on, its a much kinder form of social media, not controlled by crazy billionaires. All you need to do is find 6 things in your garden to show us. Then post on social, or add a link at Jim’s blog below. For regulars, our organiser is Jim at And I’m on mastodon

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