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Friday, February 22, 2013

Tulips in February


Tulips are perennial favorites...literally.  They faithfully come back year after year to show off their shocking shades of reds, yellows and whites and the myriads of colors in between.  

I got this bouquet from my Valentine and I have to say I was so pleased when he came in the door with them.  It had been a tough week with my mom in the hospital (she's in a rehab facility now.)  It made this bouquet even more special and amazing.
  

So, I decided to have some fun with a few photos I was able to take of them.  The first has two textures from Kim Klassen.
The second had no filters, the third one has a few effects. 
 

I planted my first tulip bulbs almost 20 years ago from some extra bulbs dug up from a church flower bed being redone.  I really didn't think they would grow the next spring, but like faithful beacons, they came up and a few remaining continue to come up year after year.  Well, maybe not the originals, but their progeny for sure.  Planted in fall with a bit of bone meal, and without rodents eating them, they will pretty much take care of themselves with little help from me.


A bit of springtime in February...lovely.

Blessings! 

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48 comments:

  1. There are always wonders when we have a up-close view.

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  2. So pretty and bright- just what I need on this grey day.
    Cheers!

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    1. I think their shot of the color red helps to jolt us out of winter complacency... :)

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  3. Being in Georgia, still hoping for a day of snow!! Beautiful tulips!!

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    1. Thanks Suzan, I think we've been getting your snow! :)

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  4. Great close-up photos of these tulips!

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  5. Those tulips are so beautiful! And I love your photos. Such neat edits! I need to plant some tulips out here.

    Sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she is doing better now!

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    1. Thanks Tammy...they are so cheerful! My mom is holding her own for now... :)

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  6. A bouquet of tulips in February surely brightens everyone's day. Thank you for sharing your beautiful bouquet with us!!

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  7. Yes, delicious photos with an exquisite combination of light and color in these tulips that release passion.

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    1. Yes, Leovi...they really do release lots of passion and energy! Thanks so much!

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  8. Love the first one - beautiful edit - and the last one with your use of selective coloring - well done!
    Prayers for your Mom.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Carletta...lots to learn but it's all fun!

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  9. So very pretty -- waiting patiently for mine to come up! :)

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    1. Yes, it will be nice when the they bloom outdoors - such a welcome relief from late winter's browns...Thank you!

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  10. Oh they are so pretty, I really like the texture you added in the first shot!

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    1. Thanks so much...it's so much fun to experiment. :)

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  11. SO beautiful, one of my fav flowers too... so sorry about your mom, it is such a worry to have ill parents, praying for a speedy recovery... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #71!

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    1. Thanks Madge! Thanks for the thoughts and prayers too...my mom's a trooper! :)

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  12. I really love tulips, and your photos of yours are beautiful. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Peg. They really brightened up my day. :)

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  13. Totally AWESOME photo images -- all of them but the second one of the close-up is captivating..
    Hugs

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  14. How wonderful to be able to grow your own tulips. It's too hot and wet here for them, bulbs generally don't do well at all here.

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    1. You may not be able to grow tulips...but you do have some amazing and beautiful flowers that grow where you live! We could only grow them as annuals or get them from the florist here... :)

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  15. Beautiful tulips! I love the original photo and all the pretty images you created. Thank you for visiting my blog :)

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  16. Beautiful photos! I love tulips - they start to peter out after a few years here in the Atlanta area (at least for me). A lot of people plant them as annuals!

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    1. Thanks so much! That's interesting that they're grown as annuals, Manuela...but then again, here the herb Rosemary is usually an annual while in warmer climates it grows into shrub size. That always amazes me!

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  17. Your photos are beautiful! We planted some tulips, but haven't seen any of them yet. Our crocus and daffodils are blooming, though. :)

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    1. That's nice to have crocuses and daffodils blooming...that's next month for us! :)

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  18. Beautiful macro shots and other photography ^_^

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  19. Beautiful and Feb is a time when we need to see this kind of beauty for sure.
    Thanks for posting at Wildcrafting WEd.
    Jennifer
    The Entwife's Journal

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  20. Hi Nancy!
    Love the cheerful photos! Hope you have time to join us on The Creative HomeAcre Hop...
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-creative-homeacre-hop-5.html

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    1. Thanks Lisa...will come over for sure!

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you tomorrow for a special hop and a giveaway announcement! :)
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-homeacre-hop-9.html

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  22. Amazing photos of Tulips. One of my most favorite fresh flowers .

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