The Supreme Qualities

Are there any plants that better display the supreme qualities of elegance and poise than the species tulips in bud?

I just want to look up close at one – Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha

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The more I looked at my pics, the more captivated I became with detail.  I mean, just look at these deliciously sinuous overlapping folds

IMG_5050 - Version 3And then the tapering flower tips, holding on to their early-morning dew

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This is a lovely variety of the Lady Tulip.  I like the straight species (Tulipa clusiana) even better, but couldn’t catch them at the right moment of bud-swell

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This has set plenty of seed, and in an irresistible move of counting chickens way before they’re hatched I’m seeing hundreds of them, confetti-ing through my ‘steppe‘.

 

By the way, I’m now on Instagram – @michaelmccoyongardens

 

 

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