red tulip welcome

Welcome to a spring afternoon, says the red tulip, waving a wide pointed leaf.

Suddenly so much is happening out there, as if all the spring and summer perennials grew tired of huddling under last year’s leaves, which I’d left there to protect them from these late snow and ice storms and deep cold, waiting for the last snow to fall and decided to get about the work of beginning their new year. Plants that had slowly pushed folded and curled stems through the soil over weeks are in just days mounds of fresh unfurled leaves opened flat to catch as much sun as possible through the day. Flowers are opening here and there, like the first stars in the evening sky. The petite red tulip’s leaves had sprouted and laid flat on the soil, a week ago no sign of a stem and bud as I checked each day when I walked past. Yesterday snow, ice and graupel fell in showers through the day, this morning at its full height on a straight, strong stem the flowers opened, the pointed cherry red petals edged in white feathering, a fluted cup to hold the sunshine in its crimson heart.

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