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Friday, April 13, 2018

No Friggatriskaidekaphobia for Monte Orange Tulips! (Just like the H.F. Young Clematis!)



Today is Friday the Thirteenth and a cool fact worth remembering, is that when any month begins on a Sunday, the thirteenth of that month will fall on a Friday. It is a date that can occur up to three times a year (at maximum), which is the case for this calendar year of 2018. It is now our second Friday the Thirteenth.

This past January is was when 2018's first Friday the Thirteenth occurred; and the third and the last one, will be in July. The fact that Friday the Thirteenth can occur up to three times a year, may have been how the rumor that "bad things happen in threes" got started — that is if one fears this date.

Many people truly fear it! Their apprehension has been labeled Friggatriskaidekaphobia.

But what if one is born on Friday the 13th? Does this mean he/she is destined to a life of bad luck?

I have heard an array of answers to that question, and my favorite answer is, “aren’t you lucky just to be born?” 

Be that as it may, it has been my observation that when it comes to varieties of flowers, they do not tend to suffer from Friggatriskaidekaphobia, for they are willing to wake up from their long winter's nap on Friday the Thirteenth!

My first mention of this was in a 2011 blog post where I discussed the numerous and humongous H.F.Young Clematis flowers which opened up on a Friday the Thirteenth in May.

I thought of those H.F. flowers this morning, when I saw a Monte Orange Tulip in the process of waking up from her "winterized womb," and I have featured my discovery in the images atop this entry, where a wrapped "box" full of this particular tulip type can be seen. (The Monte Orange whom I saw rising from her sleep, is indicated by a circle that I've affixed to the second image.)

A few hours after I took pictures of this Monte Orange Tulip, who seem to have disregarded any negative associations with Friday the Thirteenth, embraced the sunshine, as seen in the following set of photographs.




I'm excited to see the fearless tulips pop up today!

Moreover, I think Cam, my visiting cardinal, who authored the Words In Our Beak book series will be thrilled!

As some of you may know, Cam featured quite an array of tulip types in volume one of her series (which can be seen below).


And since April is National Gardening and Lawn Month, you might want to consider giving it as a gift to any florist or gardener that you may know.

However, volume two (seen in the next image) is also a perfect gift for a gardener, especially for ones who have an urban garden, for it discusses what one can do with some of the "calamities" that can occur in such a setting.

ADDENDUM FALL 2018: 

Hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold.



Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally,  I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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