Life is a paddock full of tulips
Strong green shoots with a rainbow of colour
windblown, waving, beautiful. Then, Summer –
flowering ends, greenery dies down,
paddock appears dead, lifeless, but
underground, bulbs form, grow larger
helped by rain, aided by nutrients –
Autumn, Winter, Spring again, blooms
vibrant, precious, each flower a gift
from Nature, for us to admire in situ,
or inside – to cut & display, show off,
admire. Wondrous promises of life.
I don’t have tulips at my place, I have freesias and another kind of bulb that I have been growing since buying the bulbs when Mallala Primary School was doing a fundraiser when my son was going to school there.
I love the way the freesia bulbs we planted are spreading in the front yard, all on their own, via seeds being blown in the wind, and by tiny bulbs growing underground and popping up again every Spring, with beautiful different coloured flowers.
The other bulb is one that had striking red/orange blooms, and that is popping up (less often) in parts of our backyard. We don’t water any of these bulbs very much and we haven’t had a lot of rain, but still these plants go on doing their thing, grow, flower, die off, spread, grow, flower, die off, every season, as Nature decrees shall happen.
We can admire the bulbs flowering outside, and we can cut flowers off the plants and admire them inside, bringing Nature’s loveliness into our home, both visually, and the delicious scent of the Freesias.
Natural scents bring something even more special into a home, no toxic chemical odours, just sweet natural ones.