Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Different Look at Tulips

Jamie’s 'Purissma' and 'Bastogne' Tulips came into bloom this past week and he’s been tickled pink about it. I’ve never been a big fan of Tulips myself and since I found out in this area, you have to dig them up, refrigerate them and replant them every year I like them even less. Never the less they are part of our garden and one of the few things that are blooming right now so I felt I should take pictures of them. I sat there on the ground trying to figure out the best way to snap a picture and keep out all the trash from the reconstruction. I started to think about it a little bit. I’ve never met a flower I didn’t like so why was I so uninterested in them?


'Purissma'

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Then my mind started to wander a little bit and I leaned forward to shift my weight and get more comfortable. When I did I found myself looking down into the flower instead of viewing it from the side. Suddenly, I slipped into some sort of tunnel vision and I found my sight changing. It was almost as if I was looking with my mind rather than my eyes and this was what I saw. These photos are untouched except for the cropping.

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I almost felt as if I were inside the flower instead of outside looking in and it occurred to me at that point that maybe flowers are a little like people. At first glance, from outward appearances some may seem a little plain and unexciting. As you spend more time with them and get to know them on a more personal level, you realize that inside there may exist an amazing masterpiece that few take the time to see.

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'Bastogne'

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7 comments:

Jan said...

Oh, how philosophical this post is. You bring out some good points. I, too, feel that tulips are a little too much trouble because they do not rebloom, but they are beautiful flowers. Your photos are lovely.

Jan Always Growing

Phillip said...

Interesting post! I haven't planted tulips in years because, like y'all say, they pretty much have to be treated like annuals. However, I have some tulips called "Maureen" that come back year after year. They are pure white and exquisite.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Great pictures! I love close-ups of the inside of plants.

KC MO Garden Guy said...

Great pics of your tulips. I am not much of a fan of them. I think they are beautiful and would love to have them in the garden. But the deer love them more than me and I never get to see the flowers open. I stick with bulbs that the deer don't eat. Love the close ups. Thanks for sharing.

sandy said...

Closeups are great for realizing how cool some flowers are:)

Randy and Jamie said...

Jan, thanks for the compliment on the photos. I try, sometime they are good somtimes they aren't. I'm trying to improve on my writing to make it a little more interesting. I just haven't quite gotten it yet.

Phillip, I've heard of Maureen, I think we should get some and try them. Maybe they will do as well for us. We got the big bed done, so we are starting to put in the backbones of it now. We may take you up on your offer if it's still available. We are full sun now and everything we had was geared towards part shade.

Robin, I'm a macro freak. I love the pictures. They seem to show so much more than you can notice with the eye.

Cliff, we've been keep our eye one you, any signs of spring yet?

Sandy, thank you popping in to check on us, I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. I can't get over the fact that they look more like a painting than a photo.

Phillip said...

Don't hate me but I've tagged you guys for a meme.