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One Lone Tulip…

02 May One Lone Tulip…

Many a gardener has been seduced by pictures of great swaths of tulips exploding with color and delighting the senses. Many of these same gardeners have felt disappointment, viewing their own garden beds planted full of bulbs the previous fall, now mysteriously devoid of color.

Tulips are like candy to the fauna that frequent our gardens. Chipmunks, squirrels, and voles (among others), are drawn to these delicious morsels we layout as a banquet, seemingly only for their benefit. Very few tulip beds survive the winter, without many precautions, to emerge in spring and fulfill their promise.

That is why this lone tulip captured my attention this morning. Not planted in a bed, nor buried under, or in, a wire mesh. Not surround by moth balls, or protected by any other time tested (or cockamamie) solution. Here this glorious blossom stands, amongst the Lily of the Valley, Multiflora Rose, and Hay-scented Fern. Lost in the dumping area of pruning waste, fall leaves, and brush. A single lone red tulip, lit by the morning sun.


Not planted by this gardener, but perhaps by a short furry, quadraped, of the rodent ilk, stashed away for safe keeping.


It won’t be long before its blossom fades, and it’s swallowed up by the tall weeds and fern that fill this area every summer. But for a brief moment this spring, with a little help from mother nature, this “one lone tulip” arose in the wilderness, its promise fulfilled!


Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have you discovered an uncut diamond in your garden? If so, I would love to hear about it.

  • acairfearann
    Posted at 08:53h, 02 May Reply

    I have one of those tulips. The rest are carefully guarded and rarely last more than few years. But this one, out in an area where I never planted tulips, comes up year after year. Oddly, mine is also red.

    • Scott Hokunson
      Posted at 11:35h, 02 May Reply

      Perhaps this “Lady in Red” is just a savvy individual, with great survival instincts… 🙂 Either way, I’m glad it’s here. Thanks for the comments!

  • Cynthia, aka Gaia gardener
    Posted at 10:34h, 02 May Reply

    I love this! Hopefully your one lone tulip will remain undiscovered by hungry beasties and will multiply itself, so that next year you will find a small cluster of red tulips, lit by the morning sun!

    • Scott Hokunson
      Posted at 11:36h, 02 May Reply

      Thank You Cynthia! It had crossed my mind that someone might come along and nibble away that blossom. No worries though, it has already raised my spirits.

  • Laurrie
    Posted at 08:05h, 05 May Reply

    I have one lone tulip growing in a bed along the front walk. It is Queen of Night. I planted a dozen in 2008, enjoyed them the first year, got a few the second year then never saw them again, not a one. Now in 2013 a single survivor has popped up! Your lone red wilderness tulip is a beauty.

    • Scott Hokunson
      Posted at 10:28h, 05 May Reply

      Thanks Laurrie! Maybe 2013 is “The Year of the Tulip”!

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