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Backyard Bouquets :: 5.7.15

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Le Belle Epoque is the new darling of the tulip world. I saw a photo of her last spring and immediately called my bulb supplier and asked them to special order a couple thousand for me from Holland. They weren’t cheap, and I had my doubts when they first started pushing through the ground this spring — the plants seemed a bit wimpy next to the long graceful stems of my favorite of many years, Menton. But then the first Belle bloomed and she was truly magnificent! A soft fawn brown with veins of deep rose and an belly of smoky purple. Le Sigh.
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After that first bloom opened, I literally dreamed that night about an arrangement that included Belle, purple fritillaria, and nearly-black hellebores. Then the next morning as I was harvesting some dogwood, I noticed the purple tinge in the tips of the sepals and I couldn’t resist grabbing a vase right then and there, pushing aside pressing farming tasks for the sake of seeing this dream in my head come together. I have to say, for once reality lived up to the dream! If only the camera (and its user) did a better job of capturing those subtle tones of purple.
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