Saturday, 27 April 2013

Slash, the Tulip

I spend a lot of time in my garden just wandering around, with a cup of tea and the little black cat, looking at the plants and flowers.  I study each bud and blossom very carefully and I watch how they progress.  Every once in a while you find a plant that is a real character, just a little different from the rest, like SLASH- the tulip.


In his youth, Slash was a yellow tulip.  One of several standing in a clump in the raised flowerbed.  But look closely, Slash wasn't just yellow.  He had a blood red gash of colour across one petal.  He looked like someone had sliced him with a razor.


As time went by, Slash began to change.  He still had his red gash but he was no longer a yellow tulip... he was... how do I put this... turning ORANGE!


Day by day, Slash got brighter and more orange.  Was the red gash oozing colour into his petals?  What else could cause such a transformation?  Slash is now almost fluorescent!


I spend a lot of time observing the plants in my garden.  Probably too much time considering I've named a tulip, Slash!

10 comments:

  1. Oh, well, you give tulips names (and that special tulip earns to have a name!) and I talk to my plants... :-)
    Maybe they can sense it. I don't know... :-)

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    1. As you know, there have been theories around for years that plants respond to sound. Well, we all enjoy having a little chat with our friends. : )

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  2. How unusual! I shall have to take a close look at all my yellow tulips now. Flighty (Sofaflyer on Twitter!) xx

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    1. Hi and welcome to my little blog! : ) I visited your site and your yellow tulips look wonderful. I am curious to see if they change colour like mine seem to be doing. I planted the bulbs last year so this is their first season in my garden. It's been a joy and a surprise watching them grow. : )

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  3. I noticed today how many tulips were in flower in people's gardens. They're so pretty.
    Don't worry about naming your plants - I name everything...including all the spiders I have in the flat!

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    1. I call all the spiders in my house the same name, and it isn't one I can repeat here. I have an irrational fear of spiders. They make me scream like a girl! ; )

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  4. What a lovely post and a great name!

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