'How can I keep Tulip stems straight in the vase?' I'm asked often. 'Will they stay straight if I put an old penny in the water? Or prick them with a pin?'
More to the point, why would you want to?
Aren't they at their best when twisting & dancing, opening wide, then tumbling downwards in a relaxed, 'old master-ish' style?
They aren't dead, the stems are still strong, firm to touch - it's just their natural progression, doing what Tulips do.
Naturally attracted to the light, they move during the day. And yes, they might be wild & wonky, & they're still beautiful!
When cutting Tulips, I wrap them in brown paper & immediately place in a tall bucket of clean water overnight. After their long drink, they're firm, straight & much easier to arrange.
But they fight back - growing several inches of stem to rise above other flowers in a bouquet.
Given space as here, they begin to dance... These flowers know what they want, flowers with attitude.
Our Galloway-grown Tulips are planted in November/December & cut daily between mid-March & mid-April (depending on the weather, of course). They're beautiful for weddings in Spring as they come in such a wonderful range of flamboyant & subtle colours.
Then it's goodbye for a full year & we welcome the early Summer flowers as they arrive...
Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Artisan Florist & Cut Flower Farmer near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland. Using 100% Flowers & Foliage grown in British Isles, all year round.