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I love spring flowers, and one of my favorites is the tulip. Every fall I plant tulip bulbs, and anxiously await their blooming in the spring. With all the tulip bulbs I’ve planted I should have hundreds of tulips around my house. I do not. The squirrels seem to love tulip bulbs – or they at least love digging them up and moving them elsewhere! I’ve found bulbs under bushes, and trees, near the driveway, and many other places far away from where they were originally planted. This past fall I planted 45 tulip bulbs and I am happy to say that they have all remained where I planted them and are ready to open any day now. Today one of the forty-five bulbs opened. I have one lone red tulip – at least for today!
The tulip. It’s Latin name is Tulipa. It is in the same family as Lilies, and is a relative of the onion. I’m so glad they don’t smell like onions! There are about 3000 varieties of tulips today, and the most popular color is red. Tulips are greatly associated with the Dutch, but actually are originally from Central Asia. However, it was the Dutch gardener, Carolus Clusius who first planted tulips in that region – and today, if you ask someone what comes to mind when they think of the Dutch, they would most likely say tulips (and probably wooden shoes and windmills too!)
Red tulip with sparkling sun bokehCOMMENTS