Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I ♥ Tulips

Why don't you take a picture? It will last longer. –Pee-Wee Herman, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

Today's post is all about tulips. Here's a little music to set the mood.

I think that of all the flowers in the garden, tulips are my favorite. There are many reasons why I love tulips. We had them in our garden when I was a child. You plant them once and they keep coming back year after year. They are the sign that the long, cold winter months are finally over. They come in such rich colors. The petals are amazingly soft and beautifully intricate. But I think the reason I love them so much is that they make a brief appearance, lasting two weeks at most once they bloom, and then they're gone for another 50 weeks. They really know how to work the less-is-more angle.

It seems just a little bit silly to take a picture of flowers in a vase, and even flowers in a garden. But these tulips are just too pretty not to share. I took these to work to share with the people there and I wanted to share with you too.

It is hard to capture a whole garden in a picture. It just isn't the same as seeing it in person. So, I've focused in on a couple of groups of flowers. These are my favorite orange tulips. They are called Donald Duck and were cultivated in honor of his 50th birthday {or maybe it was his 75th birthday :confused:}.

And I absolutely love these pink Toronto Tulips. The color is so amazing and they have a gorgeous shape when they are open.

The tulips haven't opened as early this year as they did last year, so I'm sure I'll have more tulip pictures soon.


Paulette said...

Oh, those orange tulips in your flower bed are breathtaking! The tulips are a few weeks away from blooming here. Doesn't help they just got dumped on with ice and snow today. I'm happy to see your spring bulbs in bloom here though.

Shay said...

Tulips are just so pretty. I know someone who grows them here in her garden and when they burst into colour it looks simply wonderful. Love the tulips at your house and the vase of flowers looks so spring-y!