Weekly Links: A tulip endorsement

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I’ve always said that when in doubt about what flowers to get for someone, buy tulips. They’re generally cheerful and they keep growing in the vase so that every day the arrangement is slightly different. The Dutch grow hundreds of varieties of tulips, from weird parrots to dainty frills. These are double tulips called ‘Flaming Evita,’ which I’m pretty fond of. I love how full the doubles get.

Right now you can even find tulips that haven’t flown across the ocean. BC tulips are everywhere and at the Strathcona Market you can buy some from Red Deer! So for Valentine’s Day, skip the roses and grab some tulips instead. A fresh and dynamic choice – much like your relationship, right?

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Links:

Humans of New York has done some great work but it doesn’t get much better than helping a student and his school principle raise over a million dollars, visit the Ellen show and sit with the President in the Oval Office

 Stile Antico sings ‘Agnus Dei’ from William Byrd’s ‘Mass for Five Voices’

Snowdrops of the Chelsea Physic Garden (Love the idea of a snowdrop theatre!)

High End Dumpster Diving – mom didn’t seem too keen when I told her you could make $100,000+ doing this

Orange glazed polenta cake (for some reason I have a cornmeal craving)

Saipua florals in Mexico

The perfect tea shop, Bellocq

A make-ahead potato gratin

I’m really sad that Gardenimport has closed right when I need an exotic bulb source in Canada, but happy to have stumbled across this article on growing summer bulbs in pots

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