The inquisitive bird-like buds of Tulipa sylvestris are back, and beginning to open this week.
Once again, I am mesmerised by their simple grace and beauty; by the pink blush that suffuses each stem and bud, by the clear golden petals encased within.
So delicate in form, their golden stars unfurl like flags and reach for the spring sun.
These species tulips are our envoy for the other tulips around the garden which are still pushing tight buds up through the earth. These are not as brash or assured as the showier hybrids, but fill me with delight as I watch them open.