Today I have started cutting more of my Tulips and I have been thinking about colour and shape and texture. The early singles with their slim upright habits, parrot tulips with their distorted petals, fringed tulips and wonderful opulent doubles, the varieties are endless.
Planted in December they are a miracle of Spring after a long hard winter. A touch of the exotic. The Tulips which I am cutting now are Air, Atilla, Atilla Graffiti, Princess Irene, Irene Parrot, Apricot Beauty and Purissima. There are many more to come.
I love their gently bending shapes and the way they open in the sun. They even look beautiful as they are about to die.
Garden grown tulips are so different from those grown in glasshouses with fuller larger heads. The stems are robust having been out in all weathers and some of them are scented. The cutting garden would not be the same without them.
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.