In a Vase on Monday: Rhubarb and Custard?

There are so many pinky rhubarb reds and creamy custard yellows in the garden right now, I decided to put them together for Cathy’s weekly meme “In a vase on Monday” …



Have you had any rhubarb this spring yet?

The large white tulip is the early Tulipa kaufmanniana “Ice Stick”. Initially I wasn’t sure if I liked it, as the buds are very pale at first, but then I saw the egg yolk coloured centre and it has grown on me since.


The large reddish tulip has been in my rockery for some years now and I don’t remember the name, but the small pinky one is “Heart’s Delight” and it is a rather pretty one with stripy leaves, sturdy but dainty at the same time. Here it is in my spring corner under the yew tree with the Corydalis (GP Baker or Beth Evans?).


Other ingredients for today’s vase were the Corydalis, a Rip van Winkle daffodil and another small Narcissus which I think is “Elka”. The foliage is two young rhubarb leaves. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I actually put together another two vases, also in red and yellow, as I wanted to make the most of the Forsythia before it gets spoiled in the wind and the Ribes sanguineum that has just started flowering…

If you go and visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden you will find her lovely vase for this week, as well as many more that have linked in. Thanks for hosting, Cathy!


44 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Rhubarb and Custard?

    • A shame your tulip season is so short. I will hopefully have some till mid or late May. As a child they were the only flower I could draw (I am hopeless at art!), and from then on became a favourite!

    • I have planted so many of the Heart’s Delight tulips over the years as they are a firm favourite and look lovely even on a cloudy day when they stay closed. I’m pleased the Corydalis are spreading a bit now too as they do go well together!

    • I plant so many every autumn as the dry summers usually defeat some of the bulbs. The Ice Stick tulip is new to me, but I think I still like the pink ones best! Growing them in pots may be an option for you….

  1. No rhubarb here as I have just replaced my plants this year ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I wonder why that tulip is called Ice Stick as it is so clearly ‘egg’ coloured …? That corydalis is a very useful additon to tour other blooms – and so are the rhubarb leaves! Great theme today so thanks for sharing!

    • My rhubarb struggles in a dry spot, but I usually have enough for a crumble or two. You’re right, that tulip doesn’t look very icy! Some of the names are misleading aren’t they!

  2. You can’t have rhubarb without custard Cathy ๐Ÿ™‚ The crinkly curled up texture of the rhubarb leaf makes for a most effective contrast with the flowers. Your ‘Elka’ looks like my’ ‘Elka’.

    • Yes, I think it must be Elka. If I had more rhubarb I’d use the leaves more often as they are rather pretty! Rhubarb for tea again today… not my own though as it is still only a few inches high!

  3. Lovely as always, Cathy.

    We’ve just returned from Virginia where my friend Laurie of Life on the Bike had a huge grove of forsythia in bloom. I don’t know if we can grow it here (it may prefer a cold winter) but is sure is striking. I’m glad you’re experiencing lots of spring color. I hope the wind isn’t too cruel.

    • Oh yes, you’d like this one. It also starts off fairly short and grows a bit, although not as much as the Early Harvest (which have now gone over here). It is the second one to appear along with the odd botanical one here and there in sheltered spots (names long forgotten!).

  4. I love the vases with blossom, it is a lovely thing to be able to spring spring into the house! I took out my rhubarb as it really couldn’t cope with the heat in the summer so I will have to go back to England to have some yummy rhubarb to eat but I can enjoy your vase as a taster!

    • Isn’t rhubarb grown at all in Italy? What a shame! Mine doesn’t do well – far too dry, and that reminds me I must water it again today! I think the English climate is probably best for rhubarb – mild and damp! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I love all your rhubarb and custard colour schemes. It is funny how these pink and yellow colour combinations are welcome in Spring but not in Summer. C. George Baker is red and Beth Evans is pink but seed grown ones vary enormously so your Corydalis could be a pale George or a dark Beth! I love Elka and Rip van Winkle and what lovely tulips, specially the fried egg one.
    My forced rhubarb is ready for picking, I always look forward to the first of the season.

    • I’m fond of almost any colour combination in the garden but I agree that strong yellows are definitely best for spring. I’m pretty sure I have both those Corydalis, so I must compare them and see which is pinker!

  6. Such a delicious collection in the vase, i really like those tulips. By contrast I am not keen on either the sharp yellow of forsythia or the pink of the Ribes,I cannot explain why! Great post and I do love rhubarb with custard.

    • It’s been warm and windy the past two days and those early tulips are suffering already, so I’m glad I cut a couple to bring in. How odd that you don’t like Forsythia – everyone seems to be waiting all winter for it to bloom here! This is the first time I have put these two shrubs together, and I rather like the colour clash!

  7. It’s a lovely combination, Cathy. And I LOVE the combination of the pink tulip with the Corydalis in the garden. The striped leaves of the tulip are wonderful. I so wish I could grow tulips!

  8. Our rhubarb is growing, but still not long enough for a meal. I think would prefer a pure white tulip (without yellow). But it is eastertime! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Such beautiful combinations ๐Ÿ˜‰ Our Forsythia has just about disappeared and it is all leafed out. So glad you saved a few branches of yours to show off in an arrangement ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lovely Rhubarb leaves, too!

    • Our Forsythia flowers are looking wonderful still, but some strong sun and wind is challenging them, and rain is forecast for tomorrow, so their days are numbered!

  10. No rhubarb for me yet! I love rhubarb pie, so I hope to remedy that situation soon! And I just love that Rip van Winkle daffodil, Cathy. I haven’t seen that particular daffodil before and I love it. You found such beautiful spring colors this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It was hard to choose, and to leave out the blue hyacinths and mismatching tulips! It is so lovely to have a choice now for my Monday vases. My rhubarb is growing at last, and we have some rain forecast… it is a thirsty plant. By the way, your water shortage has been in our news again as new measures for saving water are put into force. Hope you get some rhibarb pie soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • My rhubarb has grown by the minute with the rain we finally got over the last few days…. rhubarb cake and crumble on the menu! ๐Ÿ™‚

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