I had a modest plan for a patch of tulips under the Magnolia,
that I hoped would mirror the pale pink and white blooms above.
I chose a tulip called Graceland and waited.
Imagine my disappointment when the tulip buds emerged lemon yellow.
There must have been a mix up in the order.
But at least these echoed the yellow leaves which were just beginning to
show as the flowers faded - Magnolias flower on nearly bare branches.
Imagine also my astonishment
as the yellow tulips performed a transformation trick
fading first to creamy white and then flushing
with pink at the outer edges.
As the Magnolia petals fell,
the tulips rose to meet them.
A perfect hand over.