My wife worked in the Netherlands for a while and developed a liking for tulips. She doesn’t like them as much as she likes roses, but is still quite fond of them. Some years ago she planted hundreds of them at our house in Briarcliff Manor. Come the following year they all started to grow, the buds developed and they were just about to flower. And then the next day – all gone, just stalks remained. The deer had got them. It was this incident that prompted us to completely fence our property. But I don’t think she’s planted tulips again.

So these are not our tulips. Rather they were taken at the NY Botanical Garden before we went in to the Orchid Show.

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