I like to plant a lot of pots just outside the back of our house. It welcomes guests and gives us something other than concrete to look at from the kitchen window – sadly we can hardly see our garden from the house.
This year I wanted bright and warm colours, with plenty of fragrance, around a skeleton of green and brown foliage. It’s an east-facing wall, and can seem a bit chilly. I planned to have more creamy yellow, and slightly less bright red and orange, but one of my suppliers (who shall remain nameless) provided Tulip ‘Ballerina’ instead of ‘Elegant Lady’, and a Tulip ‘Flaming Red Parrot’ which was much redder than the one they supplied last year! Never mind, at least none of it was pink – I would have had to remove that. Luckily ‘Ballerina’ is one of my favourites.
The plantings were assembled in October and very little was moved until May.
I’ll now bombard you with pics so that you can see for yourselves how the group developed.
The angle which cheers up the washer-upper:
This is the first thing people see as they come round to the back door.
Tulip ‘Brown Sugar’ (from Peter Nyssen) was the backbone of the display, with a brown Carex (seedlings of ‘Curly Wurly’), Anemanthele lessoniana, and an acer, whose name I forget. It was a real star, not just for its delicious colour but also a sweet scent, a bit like wallflowers but coming earlier in the season.
Ballerina to me smells of freesias – but friends tell me that it smells of oranges. It looks fresh, anyway.
Tulip ‘Verona’ (a gift from Corina Duin), with its big double yellow/cream flowers smelled to me like lemon posset but my husband assures me it’s lemon bonbons. Wish I could send you the fragrance of all of these and the wallflowers!