Reading a Tulip

What does this wide open violet tulip say to you?

Does this singular tulip bloom tell a story of sorrow or joy? What do you find at its core?

My first impression of this tulip is of “arms wide open,” a loving embrace. The bright yellow and white center look like light and goodness at the core. The purple color and fine texture bursting out of the darker disorderly background also speak to me of joy, and the renewal of Spring.

Christians may see an Easter message: purple for the Lord’s Passion, his suffering and death. The white center revealed could symbolize the divinity and hope of the Resurrection.

What do you think?

Vibrant Rhododendron

All year I look forward to that special week in May when the rhododendron bloom around my house, and color my garden shades of pale pink, magenta, lavender and deep purple. Somehow these hearty evergreens survive the bitter cold and snowy winters, and then announce loud and clear in May that they do love the Pennsylvania climate. Oh, if only those delicate blooms could last longer than they do.

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The rhododendron have bloomed two weeks early this year around my house.

Here is a closer view of the blooms.

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One bouquet of rhododendron, partly opened.

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While these rhododendron are blooming in my garden, I recall seeing lush rhododendron in Ireland, also in May. Who knew?

Spring in motion

A friend left her amaryllis with me, so I could document its growth each day while she was away. It’s fun to focus on the┬áchange that takes place each day. These two photos show five days’ progress. Both images are lit with ambient light in my sunroom.

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Friday: amaryllis buds.

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Wednesday’s blooms.