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A pop of color

May 1, 2014 - Heather Ziegler
My wish to have spring flowers blooming in front of our front porch died years ago. I used to plant tulip bulbs in the flower bed in front of the porch and a

few more on the front of the house. Each year in late October I would get down on my knees and lovingly plant those bulbs hoping for spring blooms. The

squirrels and deer must have been watching from the woods because year in and year out I would see a few scraggly leaves pop out of the ground, but no

tulips. My so-called animal friends had dug up and gobbled down the flower bulbs faster than free pizza in the newsroom. My husband must have gotten tired of my disappointment and planted some lovely boxwood plants in front of the porch. They are maturing nicely and

the deer do not eat them. I have planted rose bushes at the front of the house and they have fared pretty well even though something nibbled at

them over this past winter. The other morning as I left my house I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. A beautiful orange pop of color. (See photo) It was a solitary

orange tulip waving in the wind among the rose bushes. Somehow this single bulb had escaped the hungry mouths of the wild animals. It made my day. I

even laughed out loud, hoping the deer and squirrels would hear me. Was it a coincidence that one day earlier I had returned my Blessed Virgin Mary statue to the outdoors? (Mary winters indoors so she won't crack and

crumble in the snow.)


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