Monday, May 11, 2009

The Story of the One Giant Tulip

When I first moved into our house, I was overwhelmed with the possibilities/responsibilities of owning our own home. There was so much I wanted to do, and I was so excited to have our own place! We bought an older home, nothing fancy, but it was ours. I haven't accomplished a great deal of what I had in mind, because there was just so much else going on in life...that's getting ready to change though!

Anyway, there is one experience I'd like to share about one of my little flower beds. There is a small, semi-circular flower bed that sits right to the side of where my front walk leads up to my front steps. Our first spring here a lovely bright red and yellow tulip bloomed. It was really big.

I loved seeing it bloom each spring. This one, single giant flower. One day a few years ago, my mom mentioned to me that the bulb had probably multiplied quite a bit under ground (since it was so big), and that I should dig it up and divide it in the fall, and have a few more tulips the next year.

That September I carefully dug up my giant tulip. Guess how many bulbs were underneath that one flower? I got over 30! Not counting the little tiny nub ones. Thirty bulbs that I then replanted around in that little flower bed.

A few weeks ago my little flower bed looked like this, and I couldn't wait to see them bloom!


Now it looks like this! I love walking out my front door to this sight, or pulling up in my driveway after being gone somewhere. All of this from one single tulip!


I'll be digging them up and dividing them again this year, and giving the extra bulbs to a couple of friends who would like some of these in their yard.


I think people are kind of like this. We might see someone every day and just take for granted that they are what they are. It's not until we dig a little deeper that we see how much is really under the surface. And if we're willing to get our hands dirty, and really dig in, we can help others reach their true potential. As mothers, friends, neighbors, teachers, we can all put forth the effort to help those around us realize their true beauty. And just like my tulips will now help add more beauty to the yards of my friends, a person who has realized their true worth has more to offer all those around them. And it will continue on and on.

31 comments:

shortmama said...

Beautiful tulips! My favorite flower. I dont think they can handle the heat here though!

kimert said...

Beautiful!!! :)

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Beautiful tulips...an even more beautiful lesson.

Thank you so much for sharing this with us today.

Kelli said...

Whoa baby, those are beautiful. I love tulips...Enjoy!

Vivienne said...

Holy cats! Those tulips are gorgeous!!! I love the analogy you make at the end. Lovely.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Beautiful!!! :)

Lisa said...

Great story...I love tulips! How great to have a happiness maker as soon as you leave your house and when you come home to your family.

Sturgmom said...

That's amazing you got so many bulbs from that one flower. WOW!

And great illustration, too. :)

Jenny-Jenny said...

love the comparison to people. Beautiful!

Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

Aww...I just love it! Your tulips are beautiful. And what a great comparison to digging deeper and investing into people!!

~Becca

Sherry said...

...very nice post and probably the most beautiful tulips I've ever seen. :)

Yaya said...

Wow! That's awesome! I had no idea they divided like that? So you have to dig them up?

jennykate77 said...

Very insightful comparison between the tulips and people. So true. I love it! The tulips are GORGEOUS! To think all of those came from one tulip!

Hope you're having a great day!

That Girl said...

pretty!

jenjen said...

Hi Xazmin!
Wow - your tulips are beautiful. I loved that analogy - so true!

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

XOXO
Jen

Maridith said...

Xazmin those flowers are gorgeous!! I didn't realize you could do that with tulips. Who knew. My hubby is a landscaper I might have him keep the bulbs they pull up every year so I can replant them!! Plus, I love the analogy- you are so right!!

Amy said...

I love the flowers. They look wonderful.

Jen said...

What beautiful flowers! I love anything that comes back year after year - and if you can divide them, spread them around and share them, so much the better!

Anissa said...

Beautiful Flowers!! I just love that color. Your friends are so lucky to be getting such beautiful flowers.

momma said...

beautiful tulips and wonderful thoughts!

Jenny said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous! Tulips are my favorite!

Melissa said...

That was a lovely comment.

AndreaLeigh said...

those are just beautiful!

Christie in Dallas, TX said...

What a wonderful, inspiring post. I love to look at our every-day-kind-of-things and see how God is showing us the bigger picture of life.

Lovely comparison!

-Christie

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Tulips are my absolute favorite, and those are just gorgeous. And your comparison is so sweet and truly right on. I couldn't agree more! :)

onegirliegirl said...

As many have said...tulips are my absolute favorite!! Unfortuanetly I have about the blackest thumb when it comes to gardening. It could be the easiest thing in the world to take care of and I would kill it!!

Luckily, hubby always gets me tulips...I got 4 bouquets for Mother's Day :)

xoxo ~Lisa

Karlie Grace said...

Beautiful tulips! I've done the same thing with my Stella daylillies and they have multiplied like CRAZY! I also love the analogy at the end, oh so true :) Thanks, btw for the sweet comment on my blog. I've sadly neglected it but hope to post as soon as i get my laptop fixed. You have a great blog, i'm so glad i found you!

Rachelle said...

Beautiful! Everytime one of our tulips blooms, it's gone the next day. The deer love them!

Cadance said...

WOW...that is SOME tulip! I ♥ it! and what a great way to look at friendships...love it!

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

My all time favorite flower! They are beautiful!!

Joy For Your Journey said...

What a wonderful thought. I loved it. Thanks for sharing it.