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Robert Frost

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Blooming Garden

The other day our gloomy skies cleared and when I saw the sun popping out from behind the clouds, I grabbed my camera and took a few snapshots of my garden. The sun didn't stay out long and before I knew it, raindrops were falling again. Actually, I am very thankful for the rain, we have been in a drought for a couple of years.

Walking around the garden, I spied this pretty red tulip flower just laying on the ground. Mr. Squirrel does this almost annually! Squirrels must think these are some luscious berry or fruit. They usually chomp out a big hunk of the flower and promptly spit it out when they find it is Not a luscious piece of fruit! This time Squirrel just bit it off at the base of the flower and then must have realized his mistake. Maybe my squirrels are getting smarter!

I rescued the pretty red tulip and placed it in a shallow bowl of water. I think it looks rather lovely there! I have so few tulips, that I usually don't cut them and bring them in. Maybe my squirrel did me a favor after all! Now I can enjoy this pretty little tulip close up.

These yellow parrot tulips do not seem to attract the squirrels attention like the red ones do. These have been in the garden for three years now. That is actually pretty good for our climate, most only last one season and never return.

I feel so fortunate that I am able to have time to enjoy my garden and all the incredible wildlife that visits. Even though the little critters chew off my flowers or steal my strawberries, I would never harm them because this has been their home much longer than mine. I hope where ever you are today that you have some time to stop and smell the flowers too.

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished"
Laozi (6th Century BC), China

Weekend Flowers


  1. Wow..what a super beautiful post! i love your daffs..I have white ones too! our gardens here are not yet in bloom..you are so lucky..so beautiful! I love the red tulip..gorgeous photos!I agree...I let the animals feast here..i have a sweet groundhog that eats my blackeyed-susans and mums, I have planted extras for him.I think it is special when creatures come to your space..for really it belongs to them!
    Thanks for this inspiring post!!

  2. Daffodils are my favourite flower, their perfume is beautiful. You're so lucky to have wildlife come into your garden. The only thing venturing into mine is a neighbourhood cat, who teases my cat and dog beyond endurance behind the safety of a glass door!

  3. Lovely flowers Diane - the tulip is such a bright vivid colour. It looks very striking in your bowl. I really like the quote you have chosen at the end of the post - its a sentiment I should take heed of myself more often!

  4. Oh, what pretty flowers! That red tulip does indeed look beautiful in the bowl. At least the squirrels didn't eat the bulbs before they sprouted! Love that quote. We can learn from it, and slow down.

  5. What a lovely post – perfect for spring. The birds do the same thing with our primroses, peck the flowers go ugh and spit them out. I love seeing the birds so don’t mind the odd ‘serrated’ primrose. The office in our last house was above a garage where I could sit and look down on the squirrels running along the fences and into the trees - sadly no squirrels in our new garden but the hedgehogs' make up for it.

  6. Thank you everyone for your comments and for visiting! Barbara, I think hedgehogs' are really cute!

  7. I love how you look at things - you're right, it's so nice to be able to have the time to actually enjoy the garden. My squirrels like the tulips too. I've thought of not planting any, just sticking to daffodils. But no I like the tulips too much to give them up.

    Thanks for visiting my little blog project and commenting on my macro shots.

  8. thanks for your beautiful weekend flowers. most i like the last :)


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