Friday, May 18, 2012

A Gift To Myself

                                Early May 2012

Last summer I received a gift certificate from my 'school team'.

        A week later.

It was a small token to recognize my 'retirement' from teaching.

                                 Last week.

I decided to buy over 100 tulip bulbs and plant them in the garden.


So in October of last year I cleared out an overgrown bed and started planting the bulbs.

        This week.

I wanted all one colour but waited too long to purchase them, so I bought two varieties.


One was 'Ile de France'  and the other 'Canadian Liberator'.

                                  Ile de France

I wasn't sure if they would match and had to wait till this week to see.


I turned out alright with one being a more orange red....the 'Canadian Liberator'.


I am happy with how they turned out and they brighten up the northwest corner of the garden.


Every time I go by them I will remember the time I spent as a teacher.


It's funny, since my 'retirement' I have learned a lot from our garden.


I have learned to sit, look around me and listen

                                   Canadian Liberator 

to what the garden is teaching me.

         17 May 2012







39 comments:

  1. A great idea and most eye catching. I hope to have one day a garden I can sit and contemplate in. You got some splendid shots here [as usual], and the shadow shot is my favorite, for some reason. I think the fact that you had to pick two kind instead of one turned out for the best.

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    1. Thanks TB! The shadow shot secretive in a way....much like yourself, don't you think?

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    2. Secretive? Me?!?
      But...but... but...
      I'm an open book!!!
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  2. Very special flowers then Jim. And superb photographs of them too. Really superb.

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    1. Chris, thank you. I will only remember the 'good' teaching moments mostly with the kids.

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  3. they dont stay long
    but they do loo quite lovely!
    a lovely pressie

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    1. They do loo quite lovely John? I didn't think the leaves were wide enough!

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    2. Chris got to this faux pas before me! lol But if we ever get desperate enough Chris, I'll let you know! lol
      Our tulips last about 2 weeks because of the cool ocean breezes this time of year....plenty of time to enjoy them and wait for the next 'batch' of flowers.
      Yes, I am very pleased with these.

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  4. That variation in color is a great thing. It makes the garden dance. I really miss tulips. We had all sorts in Connecticut, plus a bed of naturalizing tulips of red/yellow. I wouldn't trade the climate for the tulips, but they are a joy to see.

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    1. What could be better than Connecticut winters!!! lol I know.....
      We have Daffs that are trying their best to naturalize among some birches but it takes a long time.
      I see now that the two colours do work.

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  5. Simply beautiful! Tulips have always been one of my favorites. Unfortunately, like John Gray said, they don't last long, but they're gorgeous while they're here!

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    1. Chicago summers are so much warmer than here, so tulips wouldn't last as long I guess.
      Thanks Lisa for dropping by! Do you guys have a long weekend? We are due to good ole Queen Victoria! Long live the QUEEN!! lol

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  6. They are beautiful. Tulips are fleeting, but beautiful while they last. The garden is a great teacher of patience and nurturing, among other things, if only we care to learn.

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    1. That is the key Martha......we must want to learn from it.
      Kingston too is warmer than here earlier in the season......our tulips have a good stretch of time before they fade till next year.

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  7. Oh Jim, these tulips are gorgeous! They are one of my favorite flowers. A lot of love was put into this garden, I can tell.

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    1. Bobbi, thanks. When we moved in after my parents lived here, we had a choice to keep the front and back lawns....or not. We didn't! We plowed them under and started on a 22 year journey into gardening! And have loved every second....even with the failures and disappointments that go along with it.

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  8. The gifts that keep on giving are the best of all. Beautiful tulips -- love your color choices and your photos are amazing, Jim.

    Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week. xoxo

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    1. You are welcome Nancy!
      Good point....the tulips do keep on giving for a few years anyway. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Splendid photography, Jim! The tulips are gorgeous. I love masses of color in a garden.

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    1. Pat, you would have been in 7th heaven the other evening when the sun was hitting the tulips from behind!
      Thanks for dropping by and have a good weekend.

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  10. They are simply beautiful, Jim!

    All good things...

    :-)

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  11. lovely photos as always, but then it's not too tough when you have such beauty to photograph. Love the colours, tulips have always been a favourite of mine...enjoy.

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    1. Thanks Jojo. They turned out much better than I anticipated. And I will enjoy them.

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  12. They are gorgeous! I'm glad you chose such strong colors. It must be striking.

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    1. It is Terry. And today they are all 'out' and look very similar. So it 'worked'!!

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  13. These look totally lovely.
    The two varieties look wonderful together.
    Your photos are just beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much Deb! And they really do brighten up a darkish corner of the garden.

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  14. Beautiful photos. I especially like the one of the front of the house. You've created such a pretty place for yourself.

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    1. Thanks Chris. They work well with the little garden house/shed. We've been here for 21 years now and are starting to enjoy the work we put into it.

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  15. Great pics and the tulips are beautiful, love the reds:@)

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  17. Awwww. What a fan-bloody-tastic present to yourself. Do they come up year after year? Beautiful photographs of them!

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    1. I sure hope so Annie! They will probably last at least 5 or 6 years. and thanks!

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  18. Gorgeous tulips and so beautifully captured!

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    1. Thanks Jeanne! And good to meet you!

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