Sadly, the tulips are past their best now, but remain beautiful to the end. I thought this one with its floppy petals, still had an ethereal quality which I just had to photograph.
The tulips stayed firmly shut today, due to lack of sun, but we can still enjoy the curves and subtle markings.
A selection of tulip images available for licencing
Although we are just into autumn, now is the time to think about spring flowers in your garden. Daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and crocuses are widely available right now and will give you a stunning display for very little cost and effort. There is something quite uplifting about the thought that in a few months these lifeless, uninteresting shapes will herald the start of a new gardening year.