Even though it is very mild for the time of year, I decided that I needed to plant my tulips for next Spring. It is a positive thing to do, as it shows that eventually Winter will end (although it hasn't started yet...) So, I set to and planted my tulips in pots and tubs. This year, I have bought:
Princess Irene (the first four photos are from Peter Nyssen's website), to continue my enjoyment of orange in the garden...
Tulip Negrita which is supposed to be slightly fragrant...
Tulip China Pink which looks very elegant..
and Tulip Ronaldo which I have grown before and is a lovely deep purple/black.
Tulip Upstar (photo from vanengelen) was part of my Seasons swap gift, and these have gone into a pot at the front door.
Of course, I have planted more Ballerina, because it is my favourite tulip and it is beautifully scented. (I haven't got any Red Shine this year - you can see one sneaking into the photo above from my tulips last Spring).
The mild weather is encouraging some plants to keep flowering. Above is Rose Blue Eyes (more purple than blue, it has to be said, but very pretty nonetheless), flowering away last week.