For it is a chance to use my tulipiers. A vase with special holes to hold tulip stems. Dating from at least Colonial times, tulipiers showcase tulips as no other vase can.
And what better place to display the vases than on my bedroom mantle.
Mine, of course, are not antique but a rather new purchase from Gumps. But an on sale purchase for whenever you find them, even if they are new, they are usually dear. These were, although the sale price did help a bit, but since I have yearned for a pair for so long, I decided that now was the time!
Alas, these tulips are not from my garden -- the daffodils have just started to bloom. It will be a while for the tulips. No, these came from Costco, still in bud, they should last quite a long time.
I like the way that the tulipiers hold down each end of the mantle -- without flowers they are nice pieces of blue and white. With tulips, they are spectacular!
We love birds at Linderhof and they seem to alite in many different places. Both of these are from Nell Hills, bought a couple of years apart. Nothing says spring like birds and flowers. We shall enjoy our tulips both outside and inside this spring.