Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tulip Season Draws to a Close

Tulip bulbs planted in the front garden last autumn were done in a frenzy because chilly winds had begun a routine of frosting the morning soil. They now are entering another stage, not of potential, but of senescence. Some late bloomers like lovely Viridiflora Chinatown, decked out in cream, pink, and green flounces postpone the moment when there will be no tulips playing in the breeze.


I agree with Dorothea Lange that The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. After taking numerous photographs the last six years for this blog, I more readily spot intriguing textures, as in the Viridiflora petals resembling embossed and striated satin.


Blue Parrot is closer to a blend of mauve and lavender, but still a stunner.


. . . and quite statuesque, towering over Apricot Parrots.


Sky High Scarlet cottage tulips glow in their corner of the lavender hedge.


In the back garden, ruffled Bearded Irises and elegant calla lilies provide a pleasing combination.

That's one of two green pea beds in the centre of the photo

Hairlike structures on the falls (3 lower drooping petals) constitute the beard which guides pollinators to the flower's reproductive parts.


A calla lily bud just beginning to unfurl freshens the evening mist like a slice of lime does water.


The setting sun splashes gold on bushes and lawn which is a beloved sight when my gardening day ends.


The pile of 'hay' is comprised of dried grass clippings and will be put on the pea beds for mulching.

Note asparagus spears in the lower right corner!

À la prochaine!