Will you just look at the kind of thing that happens when you're not paying attention? Oh my. Like a watched pot that never boils. This lone tulip poked its gorgeous head up and made an unexpected appearance. Well, well, well. When it comes to flowers of any kind, better late---than never, I say. I happened to notice it yesterday as I was passing by with the weed cart. The sun was shining on it like a spotlight and set the petals all a-glow. I stopped in my tracks to stare. Quickly skipped inside to grab my camera. Glad I did too, because its cold and drippy today, a far cry from this scene, but one that I can now continue to enjoy here. I don't recall planting this bulb, or seeing it before. Maybe a squirrel carried it over from another's yard and buried it at the base of the tree. What a wonderful surprise! It's the only tulip growing out in the open here, and it appears to have escaped the attention of the deer, who are still lurking. Could. it. be. the deer don't actually eat this one? Or possibly, they're just put-off by the daffodils and grape hyacinth that surround it, which they don't care for. I was once told that deer don't eat red tulips, so on that advice, big red tulips we planted with abandon. However, to my horror, their lovely heads were promptly and thoroughly chomped-off at the neck before they'd even had a chance to bloom. (OK, I thought, so much for that theory.) But now I'm wondering. Maybe there's some truth to that, and this is the red tulip they don't go for. I can only hope and dream that's true, because oh, the loveliness of it is beyond description. Must find out more about it so I can plant some companions. In the meantime though, I'm keeping my eye on this one to be sure. Be brave my darling.
Anyway, after being tagged by several people this month to list my five fave blogs, and finding it impossible to narrow it down to only five, I decided instead, to share those that have *inspired me the most* this past week (and even that wasn't easy), but here they are...in alphabetical order with links so you can be inspired too:
And a grand parting-shot of my lovely, unfurling garden gift here. Hope you all find inspiration today!