Tulips on My Windowsill

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“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine,
freedom, and a little flower.

~Hans Christian Andersen

The Joy of Tulips

It’s an utterly amazing thing to me that I can watch brightly coloured orange and yellow tulips (most likely from Holland), unfurling perfectly on my dining room table and my windowsill while we still have snow, or when the snow has finally all melted and we have entered “The Brown Season” of early spring. I often keep tulips around while we await signs of the first dabs of green to appear around the edge of Winter’s sometimes slow retreat. Each year, I marvel that these gorgeous tulips come to me so easily, cheerily gracing my home with their joy and beauty.

6715590673_dfd864cf75_o2I place them everywhere: on our dining room table, on the mantle, in the bathroom, at the front entrance. I feel fortunate to have access to them, and at such little cost, especially when you consider the vast ocean they must fly across before landing on my table top. There is so much being done for us behind every scene of our life. When I think of these beautiful little wonders, they often remind me to appreciate the seemingly small stuff that is always going on in the background without us even being aware of it.

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“Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars…
and if you have eyes you will be able to see
that the whole existence is joyful.
Everything is simply happy.
Trees are happy for no reason…
Look at the flowers – for no reason.
It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.”

~ Osho

6928807224_c7be7841ab1_o2For a fascinating look at the long journey our flowers must take to get to our local grocers and flower shops, check out this very interesting and professionally done video about the world’s biggest flower auction market, Where Beauty Meets Business, by FloraHolland (I know the screen shot below may look boring, but I promise you it’s not):

 

Image Credits:

Tulips on the Windowsill; Digital art by madlyinlovewithlife;
© 2012 madlyinlovewithlife

Purple Tulips; photography by madlyinlovewithlife;
© 2010 madlyinlovewithlife

Tulips on My Tabletop, photography by madlyinlovewithlife;
© 2012 madlyinlovewithlife

 

Video CreditWhere Beauty Meets Business; by FloraHolland

2 thoughts on “Tulips on My Windowsill

  1. That Pear Tart looks to die for!! I hope I get to swoon over it one day in my lifetime!!
    And one of the first things I’m going to do when I get home is buy some tulips -beautiful!

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