My training holiday to Portugal meant that I was unable to attend the annual tulip festival at Glenarm Castle last weekend. Despite the shelter provided by the Estate's walled garden the late spring meant that the floral display was not as fulsome as in previous years. A week later the situation is very similar in my own garden, with two or three varieties of tulips displaying nothing but a tight green flower head. That said some of the autumnal plantings of bulbs are in full flower, providing the year's first palette of vibrant colours. I might well purchase further tulip bulbs from Bloms in the hope that I can add to my modest displays.