on being subtle

Did you know that tulip trees are late bloomers?
Fifteen years after planting. .
they may decide to bloom.
The variegated tulip tree in the front of the bungalow is full of blossoms. .
and the solid green variety in the back. .
still won't commit.

Look closely for the blossoms. .
or you might miss them.
They have just a pinch of creamsicle in them to give you a hint they've arrived.

I always admire those that can be subtle . . .

All for now. .


  1. I think I'd like to have a creamsicle tree in my back yard!

  2. How interesting....and very pretty. I love you tulip tree in your back yard. It may surprise you one year too. Kathy

  3. What a beautiful blossom! I've always liked tulip trees - the blossoms come out before the leaves , or is that only on some varieties?
    Hmm ... maybe that's a subtle hint... lets put our compliments out before we criticize.

  4. thank you so much for this post! Living here 4 years with a tulip tree in our front yard, and we had NO idea what it was! :) ours looks just like your picture :)
    Thanks Lovella!

  5. I like 'subtle'...at times. It looks lovely on your tree!

    I googled tulip tree..since I really am not familiar with them. Here's their latin name...Liriodendron tulipifera. I'll stick to tulip tree!

  6. Creamsicle is a nice way to describe that flower that you've been waiting for so long. Subtle has never been one of my strong suits either. But you are patient!

  7. What a great description...
    hmmm subtle ....

  8. I love the lessons from your garden!

  9. Oh my goodness Lovella thanks for the tip. I have a varigated tulip tree in my back yard. We planted about 10 years ago. I ran out to look for the buds and sure enough its loaded with them, a few have opened. I have never seen it bloom before. I wonder how long before i would have spotted them before your post. Thanks again, i have always loved the tulip trees.
    Have a good day,

  10. And just in case you want to know...tulip trees are the state tree of Indiana. :)

  11. A few weeks ago, my daughter and I were hiking near a waterfall by the Hudson River here in NY, and we came across three flowers on the ground. With such high cliffs all around, we could not figure out the source from which the flowers came from. She took a photograph of one and tried to look it up online. We gave up after an hour or so of looking. Thanks to your post, now I know! I can't wait to tell her more about the tulip tree flowers. :oD


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