So, I've been adding a variety of daffodils and other narcissus to my garden over the last year or two and they do really well and naturalize. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for tulips, at least down here in Zone 8b. Most tulips need to be treated as annuals in Texas. If you want to have the bulbs for more than one season, you need to dig them up after the foliage fades, store them in peat moss, and then refrigerate them for about six weeks in the fall/early winter so that they get enough chill hours before placing them back out in the garden.
I stayed away from tulips over the last few years because of the extra work required. But I just couldn't help myself this year. I was nostalgic for some northern tulips, so I bought the bulbs and refrigerated them for several weeks in December and January before placing them in the garden.
I love the look of these dark burgundy tulips so much, that I think I'm willing to go through the hassle of digging them up and storing them - at least this year.
I collected several of the tulips, along with a variety of daffodils and a few remaining Erlicheer narcissus (for fragrance) for this week's vase.
I brought this vase into work and I've already received several compliments on my beautiful flowers. People are even more shocked when I tell them that they come from my garden. I guess it has become a bit of a novelty for people to be able to make their own beautiful arrangements from homegrown flowers.
That's why I love this meme, hosted by Cathy over at Rambling in the Garden. The art of garden-fresh flower arrangements is kept alive and well. Be sure to check out the other beautiful vases from gardens around the world on her blog.