Rogue Tulips Heading Out

Tulips. At least in my gardens in Litchfield  Connecticut, are celebrating their last hurrah. I enjoy them, in a way even more then when they first show up. Why is that a tulip becomes so much more invigorated with age?Consider tulips as a counter cultural flower. They bend, they twist, they irreverently change color without regardtulips to any traditional tulip forms we might have grown up seeing in pictures of Dutch landscapes.

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A renegade violet parrot tulip hiding in the midst of new astilbe foliage. Wild thing. Where did this come from? Time to get more.

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Newcomers in the mid-spring garden. Alliums-Ornamental onions, are flowers too. Plant in fall and they’ll come back next year. Full sun and good drainage. What’s not to like?

Monday, my husband Larry and I will be driving to Javits for the ICFF (High End Luxury Furniture show) It’s always good to feed your imagination with a world view bigger then your everyday. So  much to see, makers looking for investment, international students marketing their ideas and of course, very high powered companies looking for sales.

Co-located with the ICFF is SURTEX– a show dedicated to selling surface design for manufacturing purposes. This is also of great interest to me-to see what buyers are looking for from designers. Work is both licensed and sold outright. As a designer you need to connect yourself with trends and what’s selling in the marketplace. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, Travel here and see Paola Pillows you can bring into your own home… and enjoy all year long. Paola Pillows begin in my garden and re-created for home decor. Palma is a unique light green pillow made from a beautiful early summer hosta plant.

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