"Not one of Flora's brilliant raceIt's tulip time in Virginia Beach. Red, yellow, hot pink, cream, speckled, striped, spotted, short, tall and in-between; tulips everywhere. I see one home with a ring of tulips thick around a small dogwood tree; all blooming, swaying slightly in the breeze and all a deep royal purple. Exquisite! Tulips are so regal and bold. If only they would grace us with their presence for many, many days hence. Alas, they are with us but a short time, and yet never far from our hearts.
A form more perfect can display;
Art could not feign more simple grace
Nor Nature take a line away."
~ James Montgomery, On Planting a Tulip-Root
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