The secret life of a tulip bulb

“What would you call them if they were in a story? Would they be happy endings, or happy beginnings?”

~Margaret Atwood, from The Tent (2007)

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Margaret Atwood poses an interesting question about the emotions evoked when planting bulbs in the darkest days of fall.

For me, planting bulbs is both: A happy ending to the summer and a happy beginning to what lies ahead…the promise of spring.

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It gives me comfort in the winter to think of the bulbs tucked away safely and secretly under the snow:

Source: Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center
Source: Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center

And the sweet anticipation of warmer weather and this beautiful sight to come:

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Does planting bulbs make you sad for the end of summer or happy for the knowledge of what will come in the spring?

4 comments

  1. nonono, not sad! Preparing the garden for winter, all jobs that come with it, is putting it to bed for a nice and well deserved nap. I love that image of tulip bulbs leeping happily under a blanket of snow. Time for rest, recuperation and refelction,right?

    • Agreed, it’s the same for me. It’s harder for some….especially with our cold winters here in Ottawa. Always good to think about the life that continues underground!

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