Tulips to Two-lips - 04/25/14

   What a magnificent jewel we have in Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.  I took my Brownie troop out there a couple of weeks ago.  We hit it at its peak.  April 12th to be exact.  The color was stunning.  The air was perfectly perfumed. We couldn't get enough.  There were purple tulips, fuscia tulips, red tulips, orange tulips, yellow tulips too.  Every color in the rainbow adorned the rolling landscape.  
   Did you know Cheekwood planted 100 thousand tulips this year?  Last year, they had around 55K.  The year before that, 22K.  This is an ever expanding sensational sight.
   But there is something to be said for that perfect timing. 
   You see, I liked it so much I went back today.  This time, I took my parents.  I checked the Cheekwood website before we left which said Cheekwood In Bloom runs through April 30th.  I checked my calendar. "Safe, the tulips are good for five more days," I told them and off we went. 
    However, when we got there-- it was apparent the tulips had become two lips.  There were about... well....  TWOlips left.  I scored this picture of the pair.
    Timing is everything folks. It always is.  If you missed the tulips this year, I encourage you  to visit this amazing natural resource and attraction next April.  Just don't be like me and trust the website. Pick up the phone and call ahead.

A little history:   Cheekwood is a tremendous treasure made available to us by one of Nashville's entrepreneurial families.  The Cheeks, founders of the Maxwell House coffee brand. 

 

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