SOLC Day 16: Overlooked

March 2023 SOLC–Day 16
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I’m not sure how long it took me to notice, but at some point late yesterday afternoon, I looked over at the tulips.

Oh, no!

The lavender flowers which had been so steadfastly beautifying their little corner of the world, were wilted, pooling on the table, still attached to their drooping stems. 

I raced over and gently pulled them out of the vase, knowing what I’d find. Feeling guilty already. Sure enough, the vase was bone dry.

How long had they been struggling?

In the hubbub of my week, I’d given their bright presence a few appreciative glances, but I hadn’t remembered to check and/or freshen the water. They hung limply against my hands, a silent reproach.

“Oh, I’m so sorry!” I whispered.

I took them over to the sink. Even though they looked awful, I had to try. Maybe there was still some hope. Maybe…

I carefully cut off the bases of the stems, refilled the vase with water and gently tucked the tulips inside. I placed them back on the table, a dismal little bouquet. I couldn’t even bring myself to take a picture of them. They were so far gone that doing so would have felt awfully close to Victorian mourning practices.

A few hours later, I glanced over. They had perked up just a bit! No longer were the petals resting on the table! They might actually recover from my neglect and make it for a little bit longer.

This morning I noticed them first thing. The stems will clearly never return to their upright status, but the blossoms had rejuvenated…at least a bit. There was still some life in these beauties!

Tonight they’re still looking pretty good, and are perhaps even a touch more upright. I’m not sure how much longer they’ll last, but I’m so glad I made the effort. And I’ll definitely be checking the water every day!

6 thoughts on “SOLC Day 16: Overlooked

  1. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    Those are a beautiful color…even if they are droopy! Isn’t it amazing how some plants and flowers can still snap out of it. And you just reminded me of a similar story that needs to become a slice, so thank you!

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  2. kd0602 says:

    I do love the gracefulness of tulips. Even as they are dying, they seem to dance, swaying until the bitter end. Makes me want to head to Trader Joe’s–a good place for tulips in this part of the country!

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  3. margaretsmn says:

    Did you buy these tulips or were they a gift? I like to rescue flowers from the grocery store. Some last surprisingly long. I’m glad you are getting more joy from these.

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