Find Unexpected Beauty in Developing Flower Buds

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Stunning photography unveils the unexpected beauty of fall planted bulbs and blooms, side by side in the garden from online bulb source, Longfield Gardens.

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The tulip expresses itself as it opens

“The person who coined the term ‘budding beauty’ was no doubt talking about tulip buds,” notes Thompson. “It’s amazing to look closer at the life cycle of the tulip, there is so much more to the story than just the bud to bloom."

‘Stop and smell the roses’ is a great way to say: slow down and enjoy life! For the bulb gardener, this wise old adage can be translated to say “Stop and watch the tulips.” There is a marvelous transformation that happens in a tulip during its entire life cycle, and during any given day.

From the flower bulb and first shoot that emerges from the earth to the blossom, and from morning until evening, each stage of a flower’s growth is a dramatic display of nature’s beauty.

“The person who coined the term ‘budding beauty’ was no doubt talking about tulip buds,” notes Marlene Thompson, Creative Director at Longfield Gardens. “It’s amazing to look closer at the life cycle of the tulip; there is so much more to the story than just the bud to bloom.”

Unexpected beauty is found in a variety of places. The variations of color as the buds ripen, the blooms open and the flowers mature. One flower has the potential for many different looks.

“I can walk through my spring tulip garden in the cool morning and see all of the buds tightened or closed, guarding themselves from the evening chill. By the time I take an afternoon stroll, those same flowers have opened themselves up to catch the sunlight. There is so much energy, science and beauty in the process,” Thompson observes.

“As the day progresses, the entire garden transforms before my eyes, both by shape and by color. As the season progresses, these changes can become more dramatic. I can’t help but be utterly captivated.”

The beauty of blending of various textures of blooms and buds side by side is what Jennifer Pfau, Marketing Director at Longfield Gardens, appreciates.

“Texture is influenced by the dense and narrow architecture of a bud contrasting with the soft and airy nature of the flower petal. The way light plays on the different flowers’ shapes defines the texture as well. A garden with various textures adds interest and constantly catches the eye,” she says.

“You can combine new blooms with mature blooms by planting bulbs that bloom at different times of the season. This creates interest, but it also extends your flowering season.”

For best results, plant in mass of 25 bulbs or more.

To enjoy a seemingly perpetually fresh garden, plant a mixture of flower bulbs in your garden this autumn and be surprised by the unexpected beauty of buds and blooms. Also, be sure to stop and watch the tulips in the spring!

Longfield Gardens is one of America’s top importers of quality flower bulbs. Longfield’s mission is to bring bulb gardening into every home, offer common sense planting information and stretch your dollar by offering competitive prices that are transparent. This simple approach to selling bulbs saves their customers time and money while increasing gardening success. Longfield Gardens carries an impressive selection of spring-planted, fall-planted and winter product lines, as well as information and inspiration. For more information, visit the website at or visit the blog.

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