Tulips Keep Growing after They’re Cut

 I just found out recently that tulips keep growing after they’re cut and put in a vase.  I find that remarkable!

I have been buying a $5.00 bouquet of flowers at Walmart every week or so lately in order to have fresh flowers in my living room.  I’ve always wanted to have a constant supply of fresh flowers in a pretty vase, but I’m not much of a gardener.  (In fact, I have been known to kill common ivy. Good grief!)  So, I don’t have a cut flower garden from which to beautify my home.  (And I don’t see anybody knocking down my door to bring me flowers.)  That’s why I buy them.

Recently, I bought tulips for the first time.  There were only seven tulips in the $5.00 bunch, so I was afraid they would look kind of sparse in the vase.  But I decided against buying two bunches – (I do limit myself on my extravagances – sometimes).  And I was pleasantly surprised at how much they filled the vase – especially as they continued to grow.

I kept a photographic journal of the last bunch I bought – just in case anyone needed proof of this extraordinary phenomenon.  Here it is for your viewing amazement.

Day 1 (Note the phone jack behind the tulips for comparison)

Day 2


Day 3

Day 4

Day 6

I find this astonishing – the way they keep growing, and the way they grow in such random directions.

I could use this opportunity to try to say something profound – like using metaphor to compare cut tulips to wounded people.  I could say – like the cut tulips, we can continue to grow even after we become severed from someone we love or some dream we have.

I could say that the curving of the tulips as they grow represents the unexpected and surprising paths that being severed causes our lives to take.

I could say that the tulips opening up represent our hearts opening to new experiences and new dreams as we age.

I could say that the curling of the leaves signifies the creative spirit that develops as we learn and grow from injury.

I could say all of this. . .

Naaaaaaaaaaa!   That would be way too sappy!

I’ll just say – tulips keep growing after they’re cut.  Excellent!

About grandawn

I work as administrative support in the Oklahoma State University Art Dept. For the past few years, I have been responsible for finances, paperwork, and other decisions for my parents who lived in Texas. Working now to finalize everything after Father's death in 2012 and Mother's death in 2013. I also keep busy blogging, writing children's books, and occasionally shooting commercials. I live in Oklahoma, USA. I have three wonderful grandchildren. I am a teacher, writer, actor, singer. . . and whatever else I can manage.
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5 Responses to Tulips Keep Growing after They’re Cut

  1. Pingback: The Soothing Sound of Trickling Water – Ahhhhh. . . | Aging Semi-Gracefully

  2. Vivian Zabel says:

    I was so sad when my tulips left. Love them.

  3. knittingmaestro says:

    those tulips look FAB in that vase! great choice….!

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