For all Tulip lovers within travelling distance from Cambo Gardens (near St Andrews, Scotland) you might be very interested to know that author of ‘The Tulip’, Anna Pavord is giving a talk on the Tulip tomorrow night (April 30th). Sorry, I meant to post this sooner. I’m popping along myself and I do believe there are a few tickets left. I’m really looking forward to it.
Anna’s talk is supporting a Tulip festival at the garden which begins today and runs over the long weekend. Back on a visit to the garden to see Snowdrop displays on March 2nd I discovered that the Potager area had been planted with thousands of Tulip bulbs. Although I’ve not been a huge fan of this bulb I have warmed to it over the last couple of years and it has my interest now.
Bare soil, a few grasses and a number of labels replaced the stunning Naturalistic Potager on display during my visit last September. The photo montage above was ready to introduce this event and with others would tell the story of our visit. I’m guessing another story came along shortly after this and it didn't get past the cutting room floor.
Earlier this week, I made a return visit to see this tulip display. I was very much looking forward to seeing how it would look now. I had guessed that perhaps with our very cold winter that the blooms might be slower to open this year.
On my visit I found a few were still to open but the vibrant colour in this area could be seen from almost every aspect in the walled garden. A very cheery sight indeed! However, I have to admit to being a big fan of the green and very dark plum coloured varieties.
It’s always amazing to see how a garden can change in just a few days of warm sunshine. I wonder what this area looks like now. I’m guessing even more colour!
On this visit, gardeners were working all around the garden. Mowing, planting, pruning and other seasonal jobs were in action. I loved seeing the baskets of plants ready for planting.
However, as often the case with me, it wasn’t the tulips that I went to see that made my visit. It was the birdsong, the bees, the butterflies and the delicate colours and blooms of Spring too.
I took my video camera with me on this visit and it was the essence of my visit I decided to capture with the tulips in the background rather than the main event that they are at present.
Below you’ll hear a variety of garden sounds, see the views that caught my eye and a panoramic of the new Prairie and winter garden which is one to follow for the next few years. Note, I deliberately stop the camera to let the pixels catch up.
So this visit wasn’t rushed at all. There was time to stand and listen to all the sounds. Although a slight breeze, the air was warm and pleasant.
However, back during my March visit the cool blue skies behind the House itself suggest it was colder back then. Our walk through the snowdrop displays was more brisk and we had the sea in our sights as we walked along the woodland path.
Yes, it was blossom, brilliant red leaves of Bergenia, Snowdrops, Snowflakes and Crocus that caught my attention then. The piglets too.
Yep... a lot can change over nine weeks in the garden. Heading towards May, this is my favourite time in my own garden. So much is about to change and by the begining of June we could be seeing blue poppies and white wisteria flowers being visited by bees.
I haven’t managed to capture any end of the month photos (to join Helen and other bloggers) from my own garden yet. I’ll see what I can get tomorrow. Things have been a bit stop and start here. I have much I want to do and complete. Mm… now do I give truthful views of my garden or not… there’s a question!
Let’s come back to the main reason for rushing this overdue posting… Anna Pavord visiting Cambo. A video search picked up the video shown below with Anna talking in an interview about her more recent book ‘Bulb’.
I’m guessing the interview has been added to someone browsing the book itself (I’m thinking it’s not Anna). It's a good mix anyway. You can browse the book and hear what a lovely soft voice Anna has. If you would like to hear her at Cambo then call 01333 450054 to see if there are any tickets left.
pour yourself a cuppa... this video lasts almost 10 minutes.
This new book really is a beauty too! I have to suggest you pick one up in a bookstore and look through it for yourself. I am delighted that I am the proud owner of a copy myself too. I received it, a few bunches of tulips and tickets to attend this talk for my birthday… now this is a birthday treat :-D
Oh… before I forget, I’d like to say a huge thanks to Mr Brown Thumb who helped me decide to go to this talk. He interviewed Anna when she was on a visit to Chicago and also reviewed her new ‘Bulb’ book. A huge thanks, also, to my non-gardening daughter for offering to accompany me to this talk :-)
How’s your week been? For me, it’s been a particularly busy week (not in the garden this time) and I do apologise for not answering my comments in the last two postings before posting this. I will come back to them very soon. However, I have one very disappointing update.
Sadly, our nestbox story seems to have been short lived. We have had no Blue tit roosting in our nestbox in three nights and no change to the nest in two days. What a huge pity there.
Over the weekend, I’m going to get OH to move the other nestbox (also empty) around the corner of the wall to see if it can attract any late nesters. Probably too late but you never know.
Wishing you a great weekend gardening and watching the birds in your own garden. I wonder if you have plans to go garden visiting too perhaps? Oh yes… and if you are heading to the Tulip talk at Cambo I hope you enjoy it. I may just see you there :-D