In a Vase on Monday: Tulips from Amsterdam

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the host of this lovely meme, has shared some beautiful tulips in her vase today. By coincidence I am joining her with some of my own tulips that have been such a show this spring.


All of the tulips here originate from Holland (maybe not quite Amsterdam), but I must confess my little windmill on the photo below is from Norfolk!

The moment I thought of today’s title, that song came to mind… famously sung in the UK by Max Bygraves, but well-known in Germany too (as it was actually originally written in German!). Here is a fabulous German version of it from youtube (from 1961!) by the Dutch singer Mieke Telkamp…

She can roll her ‘r’s so well! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am not entirely sure of all the names, but the purple one is ‘Purple Dream’, the white one ‘Swan Wings’, the pink parrot tulip ‘Weber’s Parrot’, the three orange ones are ‘Princess Irene’, the creamy one with a yellow-green stripe is ‘Green Star’ and the yellow lily one is ‘West Point’, kindly identified by Christina last week. The rest are probably from the Harlequin mix from Peter Nyssen.

Have you got any tulips in your garden? Or do you find them a little brash?


47 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Tulips from Amsterdam

  1. What a cheerful song about tulips. Of course I don’t understand the words but I get that it is about tulips. I love tulips. I have a few in my garden, some mixes, parrots, and some white ones. They have all stopped blooming now. I love their cheerful colors and they SCREAM spring to me. I remember that during my early school years we always had to draw and color tulips. Maybe that is why I like them so much.

    • ๐Ÿ˜‰ I remember in the seventies my Auntie went to the tulip fields in Holland and came back with piles of photos of red and yellow tulips. Now they WERE brash! LOL! There are so many beautiful ones now though. I am beginning to understand why people spent fortunes on them when they were first cultivated!

  2. I wish I could grow tulips here. When I finally have my very own home and yard, tulips will definitely be present. They are so simply gorgeous and showy and you can’t ever be sad looking at a tulip.

    • I was thinking of you when I wrote this post Marian, as you mentioned you were going in May. I hope you will share some photos afterwards! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. They’re lovely and cheerful, Cathy. I can’t imagine thinking tulips brash. If they bloomed it my garden I’d call them a miracle! They don’t work even as pre-chilled annuals here – our high winds kill them off in bud if the bulbs even sprout.

    • Over the past few years I have discovered so many lovely ones and I do look forward to seeing them throughout the spring before the other plants and flowers take over. ๐Ÿ™‚ If I lived in your climate I would defintely grow Freesias instead, Kris – hundreds of them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I’ve got tulips, of course, nothing brash ordinary about them though, is there?! Just glad we don’t have to sell our houses nowadays to be able to adorn our gardens. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great week, Cathy xx

    • I can understand why people spent so much on them, and nowadays there are so many more beautiful ones too. Have a sunny week Annette! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I am glad I cut them for indoors as they last so well when cut fresh and they open up fully in the warmth too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I have got tulip mania too Anca!

  5. Great idea to have a soundtrack for your vase – I’m nearly dancing here! I can’t ever feel that tulips are too brash, especially after a long cold winter. Lovely vase of happiness!

  6. I can’t even imagine the idea of tulips being brash, Cathy. The colors are exceptional and I’m in love with them! The video was just delightful, too. I have tulip envy! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • ๐Ÿ˜‰ So glad you enjoyed the video and the pictures of my tulips Deb. I’m sure there will be a few more to come on my blog this spring!

  7. Just lovely – perhaps I like brash, but I can’t imagine not loving tulips! They were one of the first cold-winter plants I fell in love with as a nine-year-old, just moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. I thought they were marvelous, and they were definitely the old classic reds and yellows… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Though if I were growing them now, I think your Swan’s Wings would about top the list! So pretty!

    • I have always loved tulips too, and as a child I would always say they were my favourite flower! You have certainly experienced some different climates in your life Amy. Chicago and your current home must be so different from one another, especially in terms of gardening! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. “When it’s spring again ….. I’ll sing again” especially if I had as such a colourful vase full of tulips Cathy. I remember the song well from my childhood along with ‘I saw a mouse …. a little mouse with clogs on, singing a song” which I’ve not heard for years. I’m taken with the fringing on ‘White Swan’ which is most aptly named. I like tulips (apart from the leaves) but don’t have much joy with them.

    • Oh Ann, you are the only other person I know who knows that song! It was my first ‘single’, along with ‘The Elephant March’, when we had our first record player! (My goodness, I am old!) The tune often goes through my mind, as our old wolfhound’s nickname was ‘mouse’. ๐Ÿ™‚ … A mouse lived in a windmill in old Amsterdam, a windmill with mice in, it’s hardly surprising….. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. I think they’re gorgeous, but we just don’t get the cold winters here to support them. I’ve tried chilling them in the fridge for six weeks, but I still only get a few to grow. I will instead live vicariously through you. They are lovely!

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad I can share them. They really fill the gap between early spring flowers and the start of summer. And with the cool weather in April they have lasted so well. Hopefully May will be warmer though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Our May started with a heat wave (low to mid 90’s F (33C). It’s hard when the temperatures jettison so quickly. I see that you’ve had a rain storm plus hail. Good grief, Cathy. It’s all so unpredictable.

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