Tight-knit: adjective. Closely integrated and bound in love or friendship
I spend a surprising amount of time at the end of March and beginning of April crouching down next to tulips and peering closely at their buds.
Their sealed buds fascinate me.
Some are a perfect egg shape. A satisfying, plump oval.
Others, like the lily-flowered tulips, are elongated and elegant. They are like a skirt cut ‘on-the-bias’. Their seams twist, emphasising the tulip’s shapely hips.
Each bud has a little curl at the tip.
The parrot tulips clasp their wings together as if they are praying. Or hugging.
Each one is unique. It has its own idiosyncratic protrusions.
Each day, tulip buds take on a little more colour. They start to reveal clues as to their ultimate hue. It is like watching an artist at work, adding layer upon layer, building richness of tone.
The base of the tulip is still green, but at the edges it stretches into yellow and cream. There are the finest pencil lines, fanning out from the centre of the petal.
The bud splits open, revealing the full skirts inside. They are waiting to unfurl.
The sun shines; the petals relax. Their colours deepen.
Each tulip has its own unique pattern. It might be more ruffled than its partners, or have a deeper groove. It might have more dusky markings.
Look at the brush-strokes of plum, raspberry and violet in these petals! Imperfections add charm.
It takes courage to show your colours. To be proud of your wonderful, unique form. The tulips are supporting one another, willing one another on.
There are lots of tulips waiting to unfurl. I can’t wait to see their colours intermingled. Individually, each one is impressive. When they support one another they are truly amazing.
Come back next week to see the tulips all unfurling together!
Tight-knit; adjective. Closely integrated and bound in love or friendship.
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We share our planet with a myriad of incredible species. Nature is there to guide us. We too can be closely integrated, bound in love or friendship. We just have to care.