Tulips. The prettiest of spring flowers. I have been enchanted by these delightful lovelies ever since I first saw them. Not in real life (there are no tulips in Mumbai), but on the silver screen in Yash Chopra's Silsila. Any Bollywood buff will know what I am on about. What romantic could possibly resist Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha cavorting to the strains of 'Dekha ek Khwab' in the tulip gardens at Keukenhof.
I digress. Autumn is the time to plant tulip bulbs in your garden. So M and I readied ourselves to get planting on a sunny weekend in September. The idea, my idea, was to let M do all the digging, while I pranced about, ceremoniously placing the tulip bulbs in just the right spots. I had Keukenhof to live up to, after all!
It is quite amazing what abundant happiness a simple, basic, plastic garden set can bring. J got digging with M. He got planting with me. He even managed to plant his own little tulip bulb in his own little garden pot. All by himself. With absolutely no help. There could not have been a better way to foster his independence.
Tulips. My favourite of all the spring flowers. We may not have planted a Keukenhof, but our tulip garden has already brought us much joy this autumn. Especially the one little bulb in a little green pot that will bloom this spring.