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Species Tulips

My yard is in full bloom right now. Through the years various types of bulbs have naturalized. The pickier, more needy ones have died out. A landscape by Darwin sort of effect. I have two types of tulips that have thrived on my neglect: red Apeldoorn (I had some yellow ones but, for some reason, they all died out), and these species tulips.

This time of year it doesn’t seem fair: the bright, red Apeldoorns grab your attention. Less flamboyant than their more outgoing cousins these species tulips have a delicate beauty that deserves a second glance.

Species tulips in my yard.
Species tulip center.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Red lines

Rows of red tulips growing in the Skagit Valley in Washington State.
On a gray day it seems like the red of the tulips glows.

Since I started with red lines I thought I’d end with them as well. I feel like I ran a marathon posting every day for a month. Maybe the habit will stick and I’ll be more regular in the future.

Many thanks to Becky of Winchester for hosting this great challenge. I learned a lot about composition as I looked at people’s squares this month and spent time reshaping my own pictures to look at least okay as squares.

For Becky of Winchester’s Lines & Squares-day 31.

April flowers bring?

If we were having coffee…

How are you?

We had a good day on Friday visiting the tulip fields in Skagit Valley (Washington State). The day was perfect in many ways: not too hot or too cold, plus there was a breeze and a light cloud cover so it wasn’t too hot for the dogs.

Managing the deeply rutted roads and the gravel was a bit challenging with the lightweight convertible walker/wheelchair, but we managed to get Grandma close enough to some of the flowers to feel like she was there.

As a bonus: we saw this field of snow geese (?). At first glance it looked almost like a field of white flowers a little past its peak.

As Grandma’s heart is not in the best shape, it felt important to fit this outing in before I take off for a couple of weeks.

We did have one scare: she couldn’t get up from the toilet unassisted at the restaurant where we had lunch, and I had no clue how to assist. We managed in the end, but not on the first try, and I was running through the “what should we do next” scenarios in my mind before we had success. It really made me aware of her vulnerability…and how glad I was that we did this trip.

KSM-20160408-Tulip_Day-13Who knows how things will go in the future. But, however they go, we had the time together enjoying the fresh air and beautiful surroundings.

Wishing you beauty and joy in the coming week…and if you know what kind of birds we saw please share.