A Tulip Doesn’t Strive to Impress

Spring finally made it to my next of the woods — and summer is right around the corner! I’m enjoying the spring flowers while I can. I love tulips but have always thought when they’re open, exposing their insides, they’re creepy. What say you?

Red and Yellow Tulips

Closed Red and Yellow Tulips

Yellow and Red Yellow Tulips

Opened Yellow and Red Yellow Tulips

Red and Black Tulips

Open Red and Black Tulips

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower…”

Marianne Williamson

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Tulips = Beautiful / Creepy?
What’s your favorite spring flower?

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27 Comments

  1. Hi Holly – love tulips and all spring flowers … starting with snowdrops! Tulips have an amazing history as well has some beautiful colours … Spring a lovely season.

    I'll click the like – and may well return – I shall see … what happens next! Cheers Hilary

    1. Yup, me too. I don't think there is a flower I don't like.

  2. Never thought of them as creepy.
    Sorry, never clicked a like button either. I guess I've just never noticed them.

    1. I just added the like button, so that's why you never noticed them. LOL

  3. I've always thought tulips odd because that have so few flower petals.

    1. That's true. Dogwoods have only four petals, but they look like clouds when they are all open on a tree.

  4. Now that I'm thinking about it, tulips do look like beautiful villains! It's hard to pick one favorite. Right now our lilac bushes are in bloom and I love the bright purple and their scent. Our tulips and daffodils have come and gone, and our lilies are budding.

    1. Ooooo! Lilacs are so beautiful and the smell…:)

  5. I've never stared into a flower's soul like that before. That just seems… so personal.

    I gave your post a wide eyed wow. I usually don't notice Like buttons, but I like (no pun intended) buttons that are more interactive and colorful, like yours.

    I feel like if I say like one more time I'm going to, like, be a valley girl.

    1. I don't notice them either, but I like how this one pops up with a bunch of faces. It's, like, totally rad.

  6. I chose the HAHA Emoji. XD Unfortunately, I'm not really one for using those little like buttons, so forgive me if I don't end up hitting it in the future.

    I've never thought of tulips as being creepy. They've always implied kissing to me. Because, you know, they have two-lips. 🙂 I suppose kissing flowers could be pretty creepy.

    1. I don't use the buttons either, but I thought it might give people who don't want to comment and option. –Oh, I should add that to the post up there. 🙂

  7. Tulips, like daffodils, are among my favorite flowers because you don't have to tend them once they're planted. That's a huge plus for me. I'll click the like, but I wouldn't have noticed it if you hadn't pointed it out.

  8. Tulips are pretty, but they always seem a little too breakable to me. Maybe I'm the only one who wanders around worrying about breaking flowers.

  9. I don't think tulips are creepy and the ones in the photos in your post are absolutely beautiful. When I think of tulips I immediately think of Holland.

    Arlee Bird
    <a href="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/">Tossing It Out</a>

    1. The really creepy ones are red with the hair black anthers–looks like a spider.

  10. I love tulips. I don't see them often here in Australia, though.

    1. I never saw them in Southern California growing up. Well, except the plastic ones. 😄

  11. Tulips are beautiful flowers. Never looked that close at the inside of them. Thumbs up to your new thumbs up.

  12. I love tulips, and all bulb flowers. Right now we're enjoying some magnificent irises from our garden that sport several hues. I feel God's glory when I look at them.

  13. Neat little like button. Love the flowers.

  14. I never thought of tulips as creepy. Now I will see them differently. Hyacinths are my favorites.

  15. I think I agree that they're both for one reason: because we live in a sort of dual reality of opposites anyway. Light, dark, good, evil, up, down, happy, sad. So tulips, by being both creepy and beautiful at the same time, blatantly manifest that duality, I feel like.

    1. They are pretty blatant about it!

  16. Hi Holly! I wish it was cool enough in Queensland to grow tulips, but forget it. I love them! But I went to Amsterdam too early to see the tulips, silly me.

    I find the Like plugin on WP leads to fewer comments. Visitors just press Like and move on.

    1. Oh, the pain! Missing the tulips. I thought about the comments vs likes too.

  17. I like tulips; they're pretty. Never thought about the creepy aspect, actually. I always thought it a shame that their blooms were done so quickly, and then only the stems remain. But nothing signals spring like tulips, that's for sure!

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