Left: Bright red parrot tulips in my garden
(Toledo, OH) I officially declare the arrival of spring at my house. I wait until our tulips bloom before I consider winter to be closed.
There is something inspirational in watching the tulips poke through the ground, arch upward, and bring forth such a burst of color. We have other flowers that compete with the tulips for beauty, but the tulips seem to have an almost in-your-face attitude in the audacity with which they challenge the brown dregs that remain after winter.
Here's hoping the tulips in your life bloom forever.