Honey, what did you do?

May 1, 2011

Almost eighteen years ago our family stayed at the guest house at the Aloha Estate in Lake Geneva.  Our son Sam was two years old. Thousands of  tulips were in bloom, and sweet  Sam decided to pick me a Mother’s Day bouquet from the seven-acre gardens.  He picked about 150 tulips before  his father stopped him.

All with two inch stems. It’s kind of hard to arrange tulips on two inch stems.

One of the great joys of growing flowers is a fresh bouquet.  I picked this one, the first of  the year,  for my dear friend Courtney last night.  Everybody pray for Courtney, will ya?  Thank you.

I find that, except for my husband and sons,  most men think they should stay where they are, but most women think flowers are for picking.  What do you think?

In this bouquet:  Daffodil “Early Gold,”  Hyacinth “Blue Jacket,” Tulip “Pink Impression,” Spirea “Goldflame,” and Penstemon “Husker’s Red.”  It looks kind of incomplete to me.  In needs one big white lily or a star magnolia, don’t ya think?   Maybe next week.

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Jeff Woodall May 12, 2011 at 1:01 am

While I was reading this , I was thinking that I never pick my flowers. Maybe I’ll start.


Anna May 10, 2011 at 2:56 am

I had a dream about a lilac garden in heaven that my grandma owned. I helped her prune. She had me pick the blossoms that needed to be trimmed to be enjoyed inside. That’s all I know about picking flowers. I’m certain if they were in my yard, I’d pick them all.


Laurie May 5, 2011 at 4:56 am

I bet you think of that bouquet every time you see a tulip. What a great memory.


The aforementioned Sam May 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I deny everything.


Danniel May 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm



Cade May 6, 2016 at 4:22 am

I hate my life but at least this makes it beeabrla.


Apryl May 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm

First of all, that’s an adorable mother’s day story! What a sweet thought and gesture! Kids are “picking” friendly for sure! As for me, I think there are times when the flower is better left untouched and times when it’s better appreciated inside or shared with a friend. It depends, I guess I weigh out the “Will the birds like this later, are there enough to share?” & sometimes I think, “That fills in that spot so lovely!” And other times I think “Out of 100+ cone flowers I can spare a few…” So I guess it depends ; )

You always make the prettiest bouquets by the way!


Danniel May 2, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Thanks, Apryl. I agree completely. The “extras” are for picking-the rest stay where they are. Of course, I plan(t) for extra!


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