Tulsa Bontanic Gardens and also Honor Heights Park in Muskogee had daffodils, redbuds, dogwoods, and tulips. I loved the dense plantings in the children’s gardens at Muskogee of all sorts, sizes, and colors of tulips. I went back often.
One square bed had multi-colored blooms, another held all dark purple. One had all yellow tulips, one all white, and a couple of all reds. Some were shorter but doubled on the petals and such beautiful shades and bright colors. Above them metal whirlygigs spun and fluttered in the spring breezes and the air was filled with birdsong and children playing on the chimes and drumsin the children’s gardens below.
I saw them when the buds were tightly closed. Then a few days after when they began opening. Then they were open in stages from tight to full to laid back open and the edges had begun to get darker and the petals glassy. The stems held green nodes after the petals were gone. and lastly they were pulled up and I found some laid out in lines to dry and others being sold in brown grocery bags.
I bought some of the various colored doubles and a bag of whites with four shapes and designs. After they are dry I will bag up the bulbs to plant this fall and can have fifty more tulips in my own yard.
It certainlydid my heart good to see the flowers each week and to listen to the water flowing in the fountains and rockeries Spring colors renew your dried uo soul juices so you can dream and be cheerful again.
In the next couple of weeks I will show and describe what I saw in the flower gardens each visit. Amazing how it changed from day to day and is still brimming with beauty.
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Elece Hollis is a mother to seven and grandmother to 24. She lives in Oklahoma where she is retired from homeschooling and writes full time. She is the author of several books with a new book Prayers for Teachers. Elece likes to paint, write poetry, and is a photographer who enjoys shooting nature, especially flowers. She helps her husband on their 80-acre farm where they grow pecans and raise beef cattle.