Monday, January 31, 2011

Red Tulips

I love red tulips in the winter.......come January and February, I buy a bunch every time I go to the grocery store.
They make me feel hopeful and happy. The crimson color is just the pick me up when every thing is grey and bare. I am not a rose kind of girl.
They are beautiful, but somehow roses are just not me. I love red tulips, purple violets, daisies and peonies, tall stalks of lavender and yellow forsythia and daffodils. Actually, purple is my favorite color, so any purple flower makes me smile.

Red tulips in the dead of winter, they seem strong,
almost defiant. This week I bought two bunches.
One for the kitchen table, one in front of a mirror in the living room. I see them when I open the front door, something that beautiful is bound to make you smile. It's as though they greet you saying we're so glad you're home!

Soon, I'll break branches of forsythia, place them in vases and they will bloom in the house much earlier than out side. I'll do the same with plum blossoms and apple blossoms. I guess you realize by now, I love fresh flowers in the house. Tonight I placed my vision board by the vase of tulips on the kitchen table.......the tulips just seemed to reinforce all my hopes and dreams on the board. It has been a very good day, full of heart is overflowing with gratitude, and the tulips, well they just added to my joy. I wish I could give you all red tulips tonight, as a reminder....that there is beauty, even in the middle of winter, that there is brightness and joy and hope, even when the days are grey.....and there is kindness, when you least expect it.


  1. I love flowers in the house too. I used to buy tulips years ago, but they would bow down to the ground so fast I didn't know what to do with them!

  2. I cut the stems, place them in warm water, supported by branches of boxwood ( have big boxwoods in the front yard) they usually last about a week to ten days, and add the stuff in the package that comes with the tulips. I wish I could grow them, I can grow lots of flowers, but tulips are not happy with me as a caregiver.