Relatively recently I remembered I'd bought some tulips. And quite quickly after that I remembered I hadn't planted them. But in that moment, the thing I couldn't remember is where they were.
This in itself was more troubling than not remembering to have planted the bulbs. I was pretty sure they would be ok, maybe sprouting a bit, not too much if I was lucky. I have one of those brains that usually knows where things are, even down to the exact location. Usually. So it's a bit disconcerting when my I can't retrieve that kind of information.
After a little while of mulling, a day or so later, it came to me. There were in the conservatory, with my seeds. And sure enough when I checked, they were. Thankfully they weren't sprouted so much that they'd grown through the bag.
I resolved to plant them as soon as I could, but that was easier said than done with a weekend in Norfolk planned and then another busy weekend with a long to do list, and one where the tulips didn't make it to the top of the list. But finally this weekend I planted them, and it was lovely to be out in the garden again.
There was some maths involved too, I had ten of each of the following tulips:
- Weisse Berliner: a white flower, with up to four flowers per stem
- Flaming Flag: a white flower with purple streaks, almost like a raspberry ripple ice cream (but different colours!)
- Menton: a pale coral pink tulip
- Queen of the Night: the infamous black tulip.
And I had either three or five pots to plant them in. Neither was easy for the maths. As I'd also found 55 alliums, I split the 40 tulips between three pots, and the alliums between the remaining two.
And I'm hoping they'll grow. I figured the fact that some of them are sprouting already is a good sign, they're obviously going to be late flowering, I won't be having tulips in April I'm sure. But I hope they'll manage something at some point this year, if not there's always next year.
Normally I'd plant some pansies or something that was already flowering to make the pots look a bit prettier, but not this time. It all feels very disorganised, most likely because it is, but I thought it waa about time these tulips were planted. They're a good four months later than they should be.
As I said before, whoops, tulips!