Tulips And More Tulips

My image of Holland is drawn from childhood

It features

Windmills

Woolly Sheep

Wooden Shoes

And

Tulips

Tulip-Electric

The woolly sheep image comes from old Delft pottery designs

I have an old Delft wall plaque with a figure herding

A drove of wonderful woolly sheep

Which has nothing much to do with tulips

โ—Š

Those of you who remember my adventure with the Christmas Tulips

Won’tย be surprised that these tulips captured my imagination.

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Something about cutting down a flower in its prime makes me a little sad

Now, I’m not much of a pacifist about anything at all

I swat flies

I squish spiders

I step on ants

But

I am happiest when plants are growing, flourishing, blossoming

In the soil

I suppose I am a dirt farmer in my heart

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71 Comments on “Tulips And More Tulips

  1. Beautiful pictures George…you always capture the most beautiful things in nature…I love flowers and believe in not plucking them but rather taking pictures to adore the beauty….Have a lovely day George and thanks a lot for sharing

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    • Hi, Joshi! Thank you so much. I enjoyed those tulips. I used my new magnifying filter (2x) to get more detail. I think it helps me reduce the effect of camera shake too. I have a fairly serious familial tremor in my hands. At my advanced age, it thrills me that a photo would please you. Your visits this morning made me smile. You are such a sweet boy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi, Merideth. No, there is nothing wrong with the last post. I posted by mistake. It’s the Mad Cow. I was working on a post and intended to hit “preview”. Chuckle… I do that more than I’d like to admit, I’m afraid. Thanks for telling me about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi, Blue! ๐Ÿ™‚ I liked the first and last ones too. I enjoyed these tulips at least as much as my daughter did. They were her Valentine’s Day flowers. I think I will plant tons of stuff that blooms this spring. I am so weary of winter! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by to visit. I appreciate that.

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    • Hi, Rob! Thank you very much for stopping by to visit. I love the Gravatar, by the way. I’m glad you enjoyed the tulips too. Perhaps, spring really will come around again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi, Kenn. I’m happy that you enjoyed my tulips. They were a welcome bright spot in the midst of this dreary weather. They were Kelli’s flowers, but I swiped them. I enjoyed looking out at them in the pergola. It’s still cold as heck here. I want spring to come soon! I always appreciate your encouragement, Kenn. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I love these pictures, George – most of all I think I love the colours and all the tones, absolutely beautiful! And that last picture, the one at the bottom, has such serenely beautiful shapes and textures – good stuff, my friend! Adrian

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    • Ah, my dear Adrian! Thank you! I enjoyed these tulips more than my daughter, I think. They were her Valentine’s Day flowers. I swiped them and put them in the pergola. They reminded me that spring will come around sooner or later. It was nice to have something bright and cheerful in the midst of the barren winter. Thanks for stopping by to visit. I appreciate your encouragement always! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I tend to agree with you about the flowers being better growing than in a vase. On the two occasions I’ve been to HollandI didn’t see a single tulip! I never saw any sheep either come to think of it.

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    • Ha-ha, my stereotypical vision of Holland from childhood. Not one tulip! I chuckled about that. I have read about the modern windmill system there. I’m sure they do not resemble the old romantic wooden windmills of long ago. I suppose I must update my idea of Holland. Thanks for stopping by to visit, Marie. I appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you, Andy! I think I enjoyed the tulips so much because it’s been so cold here and barren-looking! I am more than ready for spring! Thanks for stopping by to visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you, Anelieya! I am desperately seekng spring. I don’t think I’ve ever been as cold as often as I have been this winter. I’m glad you liked the tulips. They reminded me that spring really will come sooner or later! Thanks for stopping in to visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Oh, Dear, Dave! You and your babies are under terrible ice and snow! Keep warm as you care for them. I thought of you when I saw the weather report last night. Spring will come, I know, but I think the Climate God has gone berserk! Green things support life, Dave. And nourish the soul. Thanks for stopping in to visit!

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      • We were spared the most recent storm but are expecting below-zero-temperatures tonight. Lambs are expected beginning toward the middle of the month – I hope we thaw just a bit by then. D

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    • Thank you, Walter! I did enjoy those tulips. There were tulips and roses in a vase that my daughter got for Valentine’s Day. I think I enjoyed them more than she did! Thank you for stopping in to visit! You are very kind. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. My mom would agree with you George! She thinks flowers are better left growing in the flower garden! I do like both…I love fresh cuts in a vase to brighten up the porch or any room in the house. Thanks for sharing your tulips – VERY pretty.

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    • Hi, WL! I saw a post from you today. I’ll be right over. I’m behind…way behind here. I hope you aren’t under the ice and snow, but I think you are! The Climate God has gone berserk! I’m glad you enjoyed the tulips. My sister always came to my house with her basket and scissor to snip flowers for her house when I lived at the old house and had lots of flowers. I inherited my love of growing things in the soil from my mother. She only cut flowers for the house when she had a dinner party. Nobody gives me cut flowers since everybody who knows me understands that they make me sad. Kelli always gives me flowers that can live in the soil. Like She Devil Red! Chuckle… Thanks for stopping in to chat! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • We had rain, thunder, lightning and then the ice came! It was crazy to hear the thunder during the ice falling. I had tulips coming up, but I’m not sure they survived all that.
        My mom does not want cut flowers for a gift either! She wants a potted plant, she can tend to and then transplant into the ground (or a bush). ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi, Renee! It’s Monday here, and I’m just responding. Oh, Dear… I hope you aren’t frozen over and covered in new snow today! I had a happy weekend until my car got stuck in park. Chuckle… My son-in-law rescued me and life is good again! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by to visit. I’m glad you enjoyed the tulips!

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    • Hi, Scott. I’m happy to brighten your Friday morning. Considering that this is Monday already and I’ve not thanked you. My car got stuck in park in my garage, and I was trapped yesterday. A safety spring under the gear stick stuck. JC rescued me. When I got up today at noon, I had a company truck in my driveway and the car was gone. Thank goodness. I bet you’re under new snow cover today. Your snow images are surreal and lovely, you know. I so enjoyed the salt lake images! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks, Jo Nell. I grew tired of the green palm after so long. It’s cold here. But, thank goodness we don’t have the ice and snow! The temperature dropped fifty degrees in Dallas yesterday. Wow. I thought everything here would freeze again, but it didn’t. I’m really longing for spring! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I’ve had two homes with humungous cutting gardens; I planted them myself. Of the hundreds of roses, lilies, daisies and more, I could rarely take the scissors to even a single stem, because like you, I appreciated them more in the garden. They just last longer. Beautiful George!

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    • Thanks, Lynda. I would love to have seen your gardens! I never cut flowers from my garden either. My sister came often to cut flowers for her house, and was amazed that I never brought the flowers indoors. I just enjoy seeing them grow and blossom, I suppose. Thanks for visiting with me!

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      • I would love to share, and need to make a post. I have the photos, but have not gotten around to getting them online. I love visiting with you, George!

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  6. The photographs are wonderful. I love the color of the flowers. As you know, anything that blooms near me is in grave danger of being clipped off for use indoors!

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    • I know anything that blooms near you is destined for the table! Chuckle… Kelli’s Valentine flowers. Roses and tulips. I saw that the temperature in Dallas dropped fifty degrees suddenly yesterday. I know it’s really cold in Denton! It’s cold here, but nothing like it is where you guys are.

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  7. Your photography is exquisite.. the photos so clear and colourful, the flower in so many different positions and macro/micro beautiful… really brilliant…
    George I’m enamoured…

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    • Ah, Rob. You encourage me so. And, it makes me happy when I know that you sincerely appreciate my photos. I think you are One-of-a- Kind, my friend. Thank you.

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    • Thank you, Robin. I enjoyed the tulips and roses from my daughter’s Valentine flowers. I am really anticipating spring this year. I don’t know if it’s old age and impatience, but I long to see new growth and blossoms again! Thanks for the visit. You are very kind, Robin.

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    • Ah, thank you, Robin! I’m glad you liked them. I never had tulips growing since it’s too warm here. I was unfamiliar with them, but I’ve come to appreciate them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Such joyful abandoned blooms, right down the shy girls who look rather coy! Heavenly flowers George, and I am with you, an antiquated stereotypical view of Holland from childhood books … the amazing thing was that when we were there so much of it fitted!

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    • You and I had the same response to the blossoms. Interesting. “Antiquated” is the perfect description of our storybook image of Holland. Chuckle… I have often wondered what Holland looks like, and now I know that some of our images of it are accurate still. Thank you, Christine!

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  9. I love cut flowers, as well as those that grow in the fields… and I adore your pictures here… am I dreaming or can I smell them and see them swaying in the breeze. Wonderful!

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    • Ha-ha! Yes, you can smell them, I think. I always loved growing flowers. My mother had beautiful flowers growing everywhere around my childhood home. I learned how to grow plants from her, and I developed a love of the soil from her too. There is nothing on earth that gives me more peace and pleasure than to turn loamy soil with my hands. The smell of it is imbedded in my psyche. Along with the wonderful aroma of hay and animals in my grandfather’s barn. Every human being should experience such joys. I hope you and Nechama will soon be home. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am happy that you enjoyed the flowers!

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      • I understand so well what you’re saying about the flowers, and the smell and feel of the earth… We are back now, Nechama and I… back together in the new house… and it takes some getting used to, though I had the feeling today on the Sabbath… there were moments that were so like moments past, that I felt there was that possibility of must getting on with life… though at the same time, there seems to be a need for a lot of adjustments…

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        • Knowing that you and Nechama are together at last makes me feel really optimistic, Shimon. I felt a sense of unrest throughout your “homeless” period. Your new home will never be the same, but you and Nechama will come to be comfortable there. And, I think that’s about as good as it gets for us. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Thanks, Colline. The tulips and roses were my daughter’s Valentine flowers. I “borrowed” them, and I think I enjoyed them at least as much as she did. They are sitting out in my pergola, and the roses are pretty still. I was happy to see some flowers! And, I am eager for spring this year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Beautiful. Something to remind us that spring does exist. (I’m thinking of those in N.America who have suffered through a harsh winter.)

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    • Thanks, Riso! I live in Texas near the Gulf, so our weather is mild by comparison to the other parts of the US. This is the worst winter that I remember for those who live in the rest of the country. Spring will arrive. It always does. Already, the trees and plants are putting our new growth here! ๐Ÿ™‚

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