These last few days have been like the big climb on a rollercoaster, where it goes really really slowly, slower, slower…almost stops…you can see the whole theme park below you…
You know any second now, it’s all going to happen, and your breath is going to be taken away, and you will feel the most overwhelming head-rush and will be plunged headlong into TULIPS!!!
Well, we’re on the crest, the brink…
But not quite.
So whilst I’m twiddling my thumbs, we really must appreciate the beauty of UNRIPE TULIPS!
This is ‘Ballerina’, doing her warm-ups. Look at the purple tights! The shot-silk of her balero, her fingers just stretching out of the sleeves to reveal a hint of orange!
The species tulips, Tulipa sylvestris are looking on from the wings.
In the green room, knocking back a quick drink are ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Westpoint’. ‘Brown Sugar’ is getting a little bit flushed. ‘Westpoint’ is positively green: that’s stage-fright.
‘Negrita’ is crossing her arms, tight-lipped, not saying a word:
‘Showcase’ are getting raucous in the dressing room. They have a full face of make-up and are just teasing their hair into place:
The orchestra are tuning. Here’s the Euphorbia palustris, fit to burst:
Whilst ‘Fireglow’ has started to spin!
The peonies in the audience are standing up to get a better view:
‘Couleur Cardinal’ is wearing his best robes, but they are looking just a little bit musty from being in the attic so long. He likes to call it a “smoky plum sheen”.
There’s ‘Temple of Beauty’, incognito, with her band of ‘Little Beauty’ children, and the Grande Dame, ‘Chato’, in all her finery.
Are you ready?
Which are the first tulips in your garden? Which do you most look forward to?