Friday, May 1, 2009

covet thy neighbor's tulips?


sadly we have an empty house across the street from us. the family that lived there moved out over a year and a half ago; the house sits lonely and forlorn and i'm sure wishing for a loud, loving family to move in sometime soon. lovely landscaping adorns the front of the house, including a large beds of tulips. last year around this time i secretly coveted the gorgeous blooms from my kitchen window. there were several shades of pink from blush to peppermint to deep rose plus a gorgeous red!

as i left for work this morning, i noticed that all the tulips had burst into bloom. what a glorious picture they painted against the somber gray of a rainy morn. so what do you think i did in a steady rainfall when i got home this afternoon??!! if you guessed that i picked a big bouquet of those tantalyzing tulips, you are 100% correct! i threw on my raincoat and grabbed my kitchen shears and marched right across the street and helped myself to a large bouquet. okay, okay, if i'm being 100% honest, i cut enough to fill both of the vases shown in this post.

am i feeling guilty? yes, a tad. am i sorry i did it? no way! they fill my heart with joy every time my eyes light on them and i rationalize that i saved them from a very early rain and wind-induced death. hopefully, my crime spree is over and i can be a good girl again for a while. but wait! my mind is thinking hhhhm, i'm pretty sure that same house has a gorgeous rose garden in the back yard. uh oh!!

9 comments:

Susan said...

good for you Julie ! The Tulip Bandit. Never ... ever ... should a perfectly good tulip go to waste (is her motto). xo S & les Gang

Jammmie said...

So, Julie, guilt doesn't lead to regret for you? Hmmm. Never managed to get past that one for me. I have to say, though, gorgeous, truly gorgeous, flowers! Wow! Of course,you realise too, don;t you, that by taking the tulips you might have inadvertently prolonged the house not selling?! haha. Who knows what tulip loving mama saw that place but passed by who might have all too readily looked at buying it if those tulips remained out in bloom? Hee.

Anyway, glad at least someone gets to enjoy the blooms. Might as well be you who will love them to their fullest. Perhaps it will inspire you to your next artwork? Hope so?

Kristy Worden said...

The Tulip Bandit... oh-oh, I may have to steal that for a poem... maybe steal the story too.. I say enjoy them!! It's exactly what I would have done! Take a peek over the fence and check out those roses in a month or so too!

Kristy Worden said...

I forgot to say that I think the 'tulip shadows' is my favorite 'shadow' photo yet...

lori vliegen said...

so let's see...you're a wold-class photographer, nobel prize winning poet, artist extraodinaire, loving mother and grandmother, faithful friend, cutie-pie....and neighborhood "tulip bandit"?! sounds like a well-rounded resume to me! hee hee
:)

Shannon said...

Tulips live such a short life anyway... why not enjoy them? They don't belong to anyone, per se! :) Pics are beautiful, too... btw!

Christine said...

that's funny and if no one's living there, it might be that you cleaned up the yard a bit for them! I bought myself some yellow cut tulips last week and am enjoying them, wish they'd been free.

Betsy said...

I love all those pink and red shades together! Good for you to enjoy those lovely blooms...they truly don't have an owner...so i say cut them! :)

laura said...

Those tulips are a beautiful--and irresistible--red. Many people in my neighborhood have HUGE lilac bushes covered with blooms (my wee ones have hardly any!) and I always want to knock on their door and ask if I can have some. My own lilac redistribution program.