Saturday, May 7, 2011

Song About Tulips

Now that all the snow is gone from the front yard,  a small,  round garden bed gets a daily check.

Last fall, while on a day trip, we stopped at a Christmas Tree Shops  in the eastern part of  Massachusetts. They had packages of daffodils and tulips for sale.  I think they were from the Netherlands  Dreaming of a colorful floral display in our front yard,  several packages got tossed into the shopping cart. My husband, who loves to see me happy, planted them before the cold weather came.

So now, tiny tips are jutting out of the ground. I doused them with a triple hot pepper mixture to keep the squirrels from digging up the bulbs for lunch but the hot toddy substance did not work.  So my husband bought some chicken wire and spread that on top of the little seedlings. That did the trick.

Anyway, the other day, while checking the little flower tips, a song about tulips came flashing from  my memory. I learned this song in elementary school.  Some people sang it in Girl Scouts. Here are the lyrics:

                                           "Here, look in the garden bed
                                             Something beautiful is growing!
                                             Bright shaped like a cup of red
                                             Tulips open to the sun!

                                             Last night it was small and green,
                                             Flame- like now it is a-growing,
                                             This one is the first I've seen,
                                              Now sweet weather has begun!

So if anyone hears a chorus of this lovely old song coming from a front yard in western Mass, it's just me, hoping the tulips outlast the hungry squirrels.


p.s. By the way, check out the book giveaway at Becky's blog. The deadline to participate is coming quickly...  


diane stetson said...

I not only sing it but teach it...ha! I also like "tiptoe through the tulips"

BECKY said...

Hi Susan! I've never heard that song, and I'm surprised because I was in the Girl Scouts...and I know that you and I are close to the same age!
The tulip photo is breathtaking. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers.
Also, thanks for the shout out for my contest!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Can't say that I've heard that song either. But I am watching a Travel Channel show about Spring and this week it is all about the tulips in Holland -- every color imaginable. I learned that they were originally a wildflower in Central Asia and were brought to Holland from Turkey. :) Hope yours are able to blossom and bloom. Best wishes, Tammy

Victorian1885 said...

Beautiful tulips! I have never heard this song before either. Have a great weekend!


The Painted Garden said...

Hi Susan,
What lovely tulips - I have never heard the song.
Have a wonderful weekend and keep singing that song.


LDH said...

Thank heaven for chicken wire ~ without it what would little bulbs do. Oh sick! I am sorry. I just took a break from weeding, mowing and sweeping and that was the first thought that came to mind.

I do hope your tulip flowers survive and bloom for you. They are so pretty :)

Leann said...

I thought you were going to do Tip toe through the tulips:) Sorry to say that I've never heard of this one.

Have a wonderful weekend!

mo said...

Hi Susan, I was in Girl Scouts too. I do not remember that song. I do rememeber the one about Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.



Bookie said...

lovely tulips!!! On way home, more later...Happy Mother's Day

Amber said...

My mom used to sing that to me every spring! (With slightly different lyrics) She said it was a Catholic school song. Now I sing it every spring, too, but can never remember all the words.

Sam Bones said...

I just was singing this song tonight, my father used to sing it to me as a lullaby. And my mind often wanders to those times when I was young.

Suz said...

I grew up singing this in chorus when I attended Catholic School as a child in south Georgia. Many of our Nuns were from St. Louis and they taught us the song as a round.

Here Look in the garden bed
Something beautiful is growing
Bright tulip with a cup all red
Tulip open to the sun

Last night it was small and green
Flame-like now it is a glowing
This one is the first I've seen
Tulip open to the sun!

Diane said...

My 3rd grade teacher taught me this song in 1965! I am a music teacher, and my 4th and 5th grade chorus is singing it in their spring concert next week!

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