Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Tiptoe Through The Tulips

The challenge which I set myself at the start of the year to have more fresh flowers in the house is going well. You might not believe it but I've still got a few flowers left from the seasonal bunch which I bought at the start of the year. The whole bunch lasted a long time, but as they started dying off, I selected the ones which were still going strong, cut them down and popped them in to a smaller vase. Admittedly, they're on their last legs now, but that doesn't matter because I've got some jaunty new tulips to grace my vase.

These little beauties only cost £1.75 from Morrisons. That's not going to break the bank, and they're giving me enourmous pleasure just from looking at them.

When I first brought them in to the house, their stems bowed over almost double. Tulips don't seem to like warm, centrally heated rooms. I'd read somewhere that popping three copper coins in to the vase would perk them up again so I gave it a try. Three pennies were plopped in to the water, but they didn't seem to make any difference. The tulips now reside in my unheated conservatory where they're much happier and perkier.

I've taken a liking to white flowers just lately. They seem so understated and elegant, don't you agree?


  1. Beautiful tulips Jo.......fresh flowers really lift the mood don't they, not a bad price either. x

  2. They look nice, white is one of my favourite flower colours! Flighty xx

  3. Nothing like some beautiful flowers to lift the spirits.
    White is tranquil and serene... my second choice to pale pink.
    Have a great week.
    Susan x

  4. Hi Jo,
    The tulips are beautiful. I also rescue the ones still going strong and put them in smaller vases. At the moment I'm crocheting covers for jam jars, etc so I can have little posies around the house. Don't know about tulips but I wouldn't mind a warm room to sit in at the moment! xxx

  5. I heard that pricking the stem with a needle just below the tulip head would result in upright blooms. I've not tested the theory though. I bought 2 bunches of tulips last week. One bunch, in the kitchen, remained upright, the second bunch, in the lounge drooped. Very odd. I, too, love white flowers.
    Love from Mum

  6. Your flowers look lovely - simple and understated. Fantasticprice too! Jx

  7. I love white (and blue) flowers too - Tulips are a fave. xxx

  8. Love the flowers Jo. They brighten up the home when our gardens are quite bare at the moment.

  9. I could sure use some fresh flowers today; it's blistery cold outside with a scant snow from last night.

  10. I know this sounds strange, but just below each flower, insert a needle right through the stem, then they don't wilt. Have had my Morrison's tulips for over a week now, they are still like soldiers!

  11. Thank you for all your comments.

    Mum - Thank you for the tip, I'd heard it before but forgotten all about it, I'll have to try it out.

    Lavender Attic - Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I'd heard this tip before but forgotten all about it, I'll certainly try it.