Ode to Tulips


Sing of my colors!  Plant me in gardens!

Admire my beauty!  Chefs use me as culinary

decoration adorning food such as salads.

They prepare a vinaigrette, sauces, and dips with tulips.


The petal color determines the flavor of the tulips.

Red is sweet; white is spicy; yellow can be bitter.

These edible petals are famous, versatile and

medicinal.  From far and wide, people travel to


observe the beauty of these magnificent flowers.

Recently our daughter and her husband traveled to

a festival of tulips on Long Island. Most folks know

that the Netherlands burst forth with an array of tulips


in glorious colors each Spring.  They undergo seasonal

emotions and are hardy.  In our spring snow this past

week, we found the tulips still standing but leaning

together for warmth.  Today they are lavishing the sun.


A symbol of rebirth each spring, tulips are like

humans.  They have a lifespan from birth to upright

position.  Tulips bloom in many shapes, sizes, and colors

until their demise after fading with age.  I have never


tasted a tulip petal but have been known to consume a

nasturtium which are harvested for their leaves and

flowers.  Some folks consume dandelion greens in salads

and make a wine from them.  For now, I am content


to admire the colorful beauty of the tulips in our

gardens.  Shapes, sizes, colors, and textures have

intrigued me in artwork.  Quilters and sewing artists

have long had a love affair with the colorful tulip.



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14 Responses to Ode to Tulips

  1. Darlene says:

    Tulips are my favourite flower. So bright and cheery. Visiting them in Holland was such a treat.I loved the picture of them huddling together in the snow.

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    • Darlene, thank you. Your comment brightened my day. My tulips survived the snow storm this week. They huddled together like a sports team might. I’ll bet they are beautiful in Holland too! Be well and have a great weekend. oxox

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  2. Emily says:

    Aww love this blog post and photos thanks for sharing!! The colors are gorgeous and always make me smile. Love tulips!

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  3. So beautiful… An amazing photo of your daughter with those glorious blooms! ❤ Thanks for sharing, Mary Ann. Have beautiful weekend! xo

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  4. I had no idea tulips were edible.

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  5. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, a wonderfully vibrant and beautiful post! 😀 I sense the onset of Tulip Fever! What a fantastic outing for you all and a mini trip to Holland on Long Island! The giant clogs at the entrance have me smiling, they are great! Wow, such abundance of the flowers. I had no idea the petals were edible … not that I’m tempted to try them. Like you, rather admire their beauty and hardiness. The photo of the cuddled together for warmth and company in the snow is adorable! Time for a quick break to admire my tulips in the garden … hugs xx ❤️

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    • Annika, a heartwarming comment from you has me smiling at my end of the pond. Much appreciated and thank you. The jury is out on the taste of petals so I will simply admire their beauty. With my luck, I might be allergic. Nasturtiums are another matter though. I have tasted and enjoyed them at one of our farm to table restaurants nearby. I have asked my husband to add them to our garden. What colors of tulips are in your garden? Ours survived the snow with aplomb. Have a vibrant week ahead. Be well. oxox ❤️

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      • Annika Perry says:

        The tulips are red and yellow – tucked neatly next to the swing seat and safely away from the winds. They flower for nearly two months and such a delightful colour in the garden! haha! You are brave trying and enjoying Nasturtiums … my mother has as well a couple of times! I’m most impressed!

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      • Annika, loved your comment. Thank you. Nice color combination of red and yellow. The nasturtiums were on my plate as garnish at the restaurant so I tried them. No strong flavor either. Eating a pretty flower is not everyone’s cup of tea. Kudos to your mother as well. Enjoy the week of creativity. oxox

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