Poplars in Russia don't bloom. Instead, they produce a cotton-like puffy balls, which gather like white clouds along the walkways. Sometimes, there is so much of these puffs in the air, you look through the window and can mistake a fresh summer morning for a mid-January snowfall. Not so with the Tulip Poplar trees here in the south of the United States. In May they are covered with blankets of large beautiful flowers. One morning I stepped into our garden and noticed an unopened poplar blossom, floating in the birdbath. It was split in perfect half, my guess is from a hard fall. The flower looked so soft and tender, one could imagine a sleeping fairy, dreaming there her fairy dreams inside the drifting bed. It seemed as she just has flitted outside to straighten out her crystal wings. I touched the flower… the petals were still warm.
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