Sunday, April 19, 2020

Tulip Day

My extremely modest ‘rows’ of tulips

 I’m thinking about our daughter in California today, whose favorite flower is the tulip. When she was a child, our family would go out to the fields where thousands of tulips made a colorful patchwork as far as you could see. We were allowed to park along the roadside then. Kodak would choose a particularly dramatic view and build a platform for anyone to climb up and get some great snapshots.

Today we are under “shelter at home” self isolation because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  California has not been under this quarantine as long as we have. I have been self in self isolation since March 28! If that is what it takes to protect ourselves and others from infection, then that is what we’ll do!

In the Skagit Valley they are already clipping off the tulip heads to promote the development of the underground bulbs. We are discouraged from venturing out to the tulip fields and causing traffic problems for the locals. So today I offer my modest little “field”.  I’ve left them to bloom beside the road for those on neighborhood walks to enjoy. Later today, difficult as it will be, I will cut these flowers down so that they will grow and propagate next year. I am pleasantly surprised that our feral rabbits haven’t already munched these down!
Again! Despite warnings to stay out of the rows, the studio mannequin can’t resist stepping in to get a few selfies.


  1. I've missed seeing your work! I'm trying to catch up a bit on blogs I haven't visited in a while. Even though I'm isolating myself at home I seem to run out of time to do all the things I want to do. How can that be with 24 hour days? My entire year so far has been totally turned on end with my husband's hospitalization and illness. He is in a rehab facility and I haven't seen him in about 5 weeks. All of this is very surreal. Luckily I have my art to take my attention and good friends and family (who I can't visit) for support. I'm not sure life will ever be "normal" again. I hope you and your family are safe and well and will stay that way!

    1. Hi, Joan,
      Thank you for stopping by. I’ve checked out your blog from time to time to see how you are doing and to enjoy your art. I haven’t commented because I saw that you have been preoccupied with your husband’s illness and rehab. Now what a time to be isolated from each other as well! I hope somehow circumstances will improve so that you can be together again.

      So far my family and I are safe and well. We are doing our best to stay that way. I trust that you will do the same. Please keep in touch.