May 15, 2010

A Tulip Fairytale.

Although I love any kind of flowers and plants, my favorite have always been the resilient perennials, that sprout from a bulb.
There is no greater joy than seeing the early crocuses pushing through the last snow and as the sun grows stronger, later daffodils, the heavenly scented hyacinths and tulips.

Last October I planted fresh bulbs all over my terrace and impatiently waited for their bloom, which was heavily delayed due to the record breaking, cold and long winter. The bloom of my beautiful red tulips is indeed weeks behind schedule. Still, the ethereal, almost vulnerable beauty of the cup shaped, showy flowers, as they turn towards the sun and slowly unravel their petals when heated by the vital rays is at all times worth the endless wait.

27 comments:

Mr. Stupid said...

The red tulips are so very beautiful! Lovely pictures.
Smiles :)

Brian Miller said...

vulnerable beauty is a great way of putting it...they really are beautiful...hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Julie Hibbard said...

Gorgeous!!! I love all flowers too, but tulips are among my favorites! They seem to defy gravity and last for so long!
Your patience was very well rewarded.
Have a beautiful weekend!

Vagabonde said...

I can understand how much you love your flowers. Flowers and trees are a big part of my life. Every morning I go down to the kitchen and open the shades, then I look outside for a long while, looking at the flowers and the trees, watching any bird, then I can get my first cup of coffee.

Donna said...

Your tulips are beautiful. I like planting bulbs too so I can enjoy the first color of spring in my garden.

Hugs,
Donna

holdingmoments said...

Always like a breath of fresh air, when they burst through the soil, after a winter. Rays of sunshine.

Zuzu said...

These are beautiful, Zuzana!!!
It snowed here again today. This winter has been so long and cold, and a bunny ate the flowers that were about to bloom. I am glad that I have friends to visit and can enjoy the beauty that they share!!! :)
Wishing you a happy weekend, dear friend!

jeannette said...

This is where you have been waiting for -hurrah -and they are beautiful!

sprinkles said...

Those tulips are just gorgeous! My mom planted some miniature tulips which are blooming now. They're bright red and so pretty! I love them! My irises are finally blooming which makes me really happy! They aren't all blooming yet but a lot of them are. They're all different shades of purple, one of my favorite colors.

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Doreen said...

glad your flowers survived the winter, and you too!! they are lovely. I remember you writing about the long hard winter months. and look at us now! enjoying the flowers and warmth and sunshine!!

SandyCarlson said...

I like these, too. They are small miracles in the earth.

Jingle said...

lovely post.
hope that your day is as lovely as the flowers...
you deserve happiness!

Mood, call me Mahmood said...

Lovely flowers. Unfortunately I can't grow them here in the tropics.The red tulip are hot! Hav a nice weekend.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Red tulips are my FAVORITE...I just think RED flowers are the most extraordinary...such a rich color...These photos, dear Zuzana, are gorgeous! You never cease to amaze me with your fantastic photography and beautiful descriptive writing! Love it! ~Janine XO

laughingwolf said...

wonderful imagery, zuzana :)

Kelly said...

tulips are my daughters favorite flowers, yours are very beautiful!

Susan Deborah said...

Ah, Zuzana, there are so many tulips here.

Your look gorgeous. How long do they stay in bloom?

Joy always,
Susan

Dan said...

Hi Zuzana
I love your beautiful red tulips. Most of mine seem to have disappeared this year. I'm not sure how many years they flower before the bulb runs out of steam. Thanks for sharing yours!
Dan
-x-

Radka said...

Ahoj Zuzko. Máš pravdu, počasí je neustále proměnlivé. U nás je také studené počasí. Hodně prší. Na Moravě bohužel hrozí povodně. Hodně tam prší. Lidé se hodně bojí velké vody. Snad letos bude teplo a ohřejeme se. Přeji hezký den, ahoj Radka.

Paul C said...

Yes, there is fleeting beauty there, and worth the few days of glory. With our cool spring their splendour seems to last so much longer this year.

Hilary said...

Always so nice to see that first glimpse of floral colour after the cold weather has passed. Your tulips look lovely. I'm going to have to plant more this autumn as mine have diminished considerably.

Baron's Life said...

You would love our Capital...Ottawa...full of Tulips all the city and Parliamnet hills from Spring to early Fall...which reminds me of asn old joke...no suitable for posting here in its entirity but here's some of it ...Guessing the answer is thr best part:
What's better than Roses on your Piano?

Alesa Warcan said...

Lovely delayed tulips, likewise around here, the wisteria is still in full bloom because of the delayed Spring. Wisteria in mid-may is delightful novelty. : j

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Zuzana said...

Mr. Stupid, Brian, Julie, Vagabonde, Donna, holdingmoments, Zuzu, jeannette, sprinkles, Doreen, Sandy, Jingle, Mahmood, Janine, laughingwolf (welcome!), Kelly (welcome!), Susan, Dan, Radka, Paul, Hilary, Baron’s Life, Alesa, and Jingle – your wonderful comments made me smile, I am so glad you too appreciate the beauty of this precious flower.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by on your weekend, I love all your visits and kind words.

Xoxo
Zuzana

Claus said...

Even when warmth is relatively even here in Guatemala, I have noticed how many bulb flowers only bloom during March and April, which are our hottest months. I'm worried about a couple which did not give out any flowers, as the rain and cooler temperatures seem to be entering the country. Will they survive?!
Lovely tulips! the color is wonderful.

Zuzana said...

How interesting that your bulbs flower during the hottest months, as here these are our first flowers, thus flower when it is still relative cold.;) Always happy when you stop by dear Claudia.;)) xo