Posts Tagged ‘tulips’

My favourite flower

September 25, 2009

Welcome again to Favourite Friday, the weekly feature where we focus on the things that make us happy. If you’ve stopped by for the first time, here’s the drill: I share something that I count as a ‘favourite’, that makes me smile or giggle or catch my breath. You’re encouraged to think about your favourite things too, and if you fancy, leave me a comment to tell me what your favourite is. I’ll be looking at a different category each week, but you’re welcome to talk about whatever favourite thing you fancy—it might be in the same category, or it might not. To get you in the mood, check out some of my previous posts on my favourite album, my favourite shoes, and my favourite magazine. Or, simply click on the ‘Favourite Friday’ tag at the bottom of this post, and you’ll be able to see all the posts in this series. We can all do with a little more positivity in our lives, and taking some time to think about the good things, rather than the bad things, can turn a bad day into a good one.

As you’ve already guessed from the title of this post, this week I want to tell you about my favourite flower.

This is obviously a rather appropriate topic, as we’re in the middle of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. But even more so, because Floriade, the annual flower festival, is happening in Canberra at the moment. And, as luck would have it, the display at Floriade heavily features my favourite flower—the tulip.

white tulip

There’s so many things I love about tulips, but it’s hard to say what sets them apart from other flowers. I love their delicate, feminine shape and the silky lustre of their petals. I love their long slender stems. I love the variety of colours and shapes, and it’s always hard to decide which colour I like the best.

colours of tulips

I love the way, like other bulbs, they sneak up out of the bare earth before winter has really lost its hold, surprising me again with their beauty. I love the way that each colour somehow conjures up a scene, a memory, or a mood. The two pinks in the photo below, coupled with the white, somehow seem to be the colour of romance.


These yellows make me think of sunshine, cool drinks, floral dresses and bare feet.


The blush pinks are ballet classes, taken on spring afternoons with your best friend when you’re eight years old.


I love the way tulips make the perfect partners for so many other sorts of flowers. Different shapes and colours in a bouquet, or similar colours and different heights in a garden bed.

friendly tulips

I love how tulips are so breathtaking yet modest up close, and how from far away the shapes blur and blend into splashes of colour across the ground.

colour smudges

As I said, I love many other flowers for similar reasons, but somehow tulips just speak to me. They always lift my mood and make me smile. Maybe it’s my Dutch heritage? In any case, if ever I’m given a bouquet of tulips, I have to take photos of it. And I never mind taking multiple trips to Floriade.

so pretty



September 22, 2009

There’s flowers blooming everywhere at our house.


Aren’t these double daffodils lovely? I’d forgotten how pretty they were.

arum lily

My arum lily is definitely going to have more than one flower this year.


These daffodils were one of those little garden surprises, coming up at the edge of a garden bed.


And the tulips are coming out!


September 5, 2009

We had a nice day today, a good mix of going out and discovering, and staying in and relaxing. We got up early to go to the Farmers’ Markets, where I got these lovely yellow gerberas, which are now brightening up our kitchen while I wait for the tulip buds to open too.


We also made a trip out to the Fyshwick Markets to go to the game butcher. As well as sharing a bag of hot, salty macadamias, we tried a piece of apple from one of the greengrocers, who was standing out the front of his shop shouting his wares at the top of his voice, assuring everyone that his apples were ‘chilli chicken flavour’. It’s nice to see the spirit of the larrikin is alive and kicking.

We had a nice slow afternoon, with a bit of relaxing, a nice walk, and some cooking. We made rocket gnocchi in butter sauce for dinner—so buttery but so good!


And now I’m off to have a bath.