A couple of people asked about those 'black' tulips - are they really black?
Well the answer to that is 'almost but not quite' - I believe they are a strain called 'Queen of the Night' and they really are the darkest, darkest purple, a bit like the black ones in Fruit Gums or Midget Gems sweets - usually blackcurrant flavoured.
For those of you who haven't already spotted them there are some seriously impressive tulip pictures on Norma's Silver Thimble blog. They remind me of the shots you see of the Dutch bulbfields but the mountain scenery in the background raises these images to the superlative.
As for tulips here - I've finished the hand applique on my table runner - and added a busy little bee as a finishing touch.I intend to do one of those looping dotted lines you see in cartoons leading to him but can't decide whether to hand quilt it in black or embroider it before I quilt the item (or I could be really lazy and draw it in pigma pen).
Finally on the tulip subject here is a pot of the prettiest coloured blooms you could wish for that I saw when we went round those gardens in Herefordshire - a lovely restful change of pace after those bold yellows and reds you more usually associate with this type of bloom.
Have a great day all :o)