That's where I'll be...

It's that time of year again; where we sit with icicles forming on our noses watching for any possible sign of green shoots outside.  Then, if you are anything like me, you dash outside in a wildly enthusiastic manner to smile when you see them coming up after all these months of planning.  I'm talking, of course, about tulips!  

These are last year's beauties - combinations of Exotic Emperor which is a divine scented tulip, with bluebells; a purple variety called Paul Scherer; and narcissi which also have their own wonderful perfume.  The house smelt great for the nearly three weeks these lasted!

I planned three new colour combinations for 2017 with an attempt to try and keep the flowering season as long as possible - ideally from March to May!  These are the catalogue's images:

And a purple / yellow mix which was inspired by the parrot tulip variety called Rai (below right), which I absolutely adore:

Visiting some wonderful gardens last spring gave me lots of inspiration.  This is a National Trust property: