Thursday, April 22

Tiptoeing through the tulips!

I love tulips. They are so vivid in color and and spring just isn't spring without them. They might be at their peak right now so I thought I'd better get some photos of them while I could. I took these photos in the gardens of the Stans House which is next door to the Stans Museum, home of the Scott County Historical Society.

Notice in this photo above, that it is also the season for dandelions. LOL!
I think that next to tulips in spring, I love crapapple trees next best. :-) I remember that there were several trees on the hillside in our backyard when I was a kid and I loved to go up and pick a bouquet. I came home after seeing these and told my husband we need to plant a flowering crabapple in our yard. This one in the photo above is huge and sits near the front of the Stans House.

Just a little background on the house.....it's the boyhood home of Maurice Stans who was former President Richard Nixon's Secretary of Commerce. The Stans Foundation was instrumental in establishing the museum and preserving the home.
Back to tiptoeing through the tulips.....

Have you ever noticed that tulips often "pop up" where they aren't supposed to.....like right in the middle of this hosta plant!


A whole flock of yellow tulips!............ My favorite were these pink tulips!

And then again, I really liked these red ones....


I loved the way the sun was shining on them.....


More yellow tulips, more sun......

Let's face it......

I just plain liked them all!! I'm hoping by next spring there will finally be some tulips that will bloom in our yard and I won't have to go far at all to tiptoe through the tulips!
Time to get out of the garden and talk quilting......tonight was our Scott County Crazy Quilter's meeting at the Stans Museum. There were only five of us there but we enjoyed chatting and stitching. Darlene, a new member brought a bit of "show 'n tell". She shared this cross-stitch quilt that she began several years ago (she's thinking sometime in the 70's). It is beautiful and is completely handquilted. She shared the quilt with us so we could give her some advice on how to bind it. She is determined to get the quilt finished. :-) There are a lot of hours in this quilt. I have a "thing for pink" and so I could see this in my pink bedroom. :-)
That's all for tonight. On Friday evening, I am finally going to post about the program I did last Thursday night for the County Extension Banquet. See you then!
Sandi


14 comments:

Ida13 said...

I LOVE tulips very much. These are sooooo beautiful!!

julietk said...

It is a shame these beautiful flower only last a short while horay for cameras :-D

Crispy said...

I love tulips too but haven't seen any pop up yet in my little town. If it stays warm we may actually see some this year!!

Crispy

Pat said...

The only thing I don't like about tulips (and other spring flowers) is that they bloom for too short a time. *sigh* Thanks for sharing these photos. I love the quilt your new member made!

Barbara said...

Very pretty quilt! Don't be in too much of a hurry to get out of the garden. There's a lot of creative inspiration there!

Connie W said...

Flowering crabs are my favorite tree in spring, love their pretty blossoms.

joanne lendaro said...

Thanks for sharing the pics of the flowers! I dont' have any here in NH, had tons back in IN. Next year!! The quilt is fantastic!

Needled Mom said...

The flowers are gorgeous. I loved seeing all the tulips when we were in Chicago.

That pink quilt is stunning. The hours in it must be incredible. I know she will love it when she sees it completely finished.

Owl Lady said...

Kudos to the lady with the beautiful quilt. She has created a treasure.

I enjoyed the tulips. Ours have not bloomed yet this year. Our two flowering crabapples, planted as tiny saplings received free with an order, are blooming for the first time now.

My spring favorite has to be the crocus because I always find it first every year when I am desperate for a sign that winter will end.

Rae Ann said...

Love seeing those gorgeous tulips! Thanks for sharing Spring with us!

Beth said...

I love the tulips too, wish they lasted a little longer.
The pink quilt is a beauty.

Nihal said...

Amazing views around your town, and wonderful touring among the tulips, Sandi! Istanbul is like a tulip carpet, but thanks God, your land is so nicely dressed within many colors of tulips. I can not resist to make one more new post 'cus your post brought a few new ideas on my mind, lol:) Ohh, tulips inspire me very much, I can not get enough.

Did you know the world's largest tulip festival is to be held in Ottowa (Canada) every year in May? I would love to travel there one day soon, yes I would.

Pretty pretty agree with you, Spring is not Spring if no tulips. But in Istanbul we have two more important flowers as a sign of spring. Please wait for my new posts, I will talk on them:)

Sending a bunch of red tulips to enjoy~

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Isn't spring amazing. I had no blossoms, no white puffs on my trees. They I went to Nedra's and came home and they had all popped out
! I kind of missed it. But I'm enjoying it. Those red tulips are something else.

Motormouth LBJ said...

In my yard, seems it's ALWAYS the season for dandelions. :)

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