Mystery Flowers

Posted 2011.05.25 21.13 in Family/Friends, Photography

So the other day, I showed my mom that panoramic stitch-up I took in the backyard, and I mentioned these three pink mystery-flowers. I don’t recall planting them, and I don’t recall her planting them, and I don’t recall ever seeing them before.

I don’t know what they are. The nearest thing I could think of, and I knew I was wrong, was that they were shaped sort of like a carnation. They’re obviously not carnations but my knowledge of plants is limited.

My mom thinks they are some funky variation on the tulip theme. She’s basing that on the stem and leaves, and that they are up and blooming at this time of the year. She’s also making the logical leap that as neither she nor I did the planting, they were likely planted by squirrels.

Not that we have guerrilla greenthumb squirrels maurading the area (although it would be incredibly cool if we did) but rather, the squirrels are good at redistributing freshly planted bulbs. Somewhere in the neighborhood, someone is wondering what ever happened to the pretty pink flower bulbs they planted last autumn.

They just don’t look like tulips to me. Ok the stem and leaves are tulip-like, but the flower seems totally different. All the tulips I know have flowers shaped like a wine glass, with a small number of large petals. These things on the other hand have a medium number of medium-sized petals, and appear less-organized than tulip petals.

Though as I said, I don’t really know much about plants.

3 Comments

  1. Lezley says:

    Ya… I’m with you on the non-tulip thing – google image search “bulb flowers” that should yield several thousand results.
    😛

    1. Stephanie says:

      Hah well that actually was pretty easy. I think this is the solution to the mystery:
      http://www.theplantexpert.com/springbulbs/Tulip2DoubleEarly.html

      It’s a double early tulip. I think ‘double’ refers to the petals.

      1. Lezley says:

        Oh, heh… tulip fail. Mah bahd. Yay guerilla gardening squirrels.

        That would be a nice alliterative comic.

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