Ruffled tulips and blue gum leaves….

Deepest scarlet in ruffled folds,
opening up to reveal purple stamens and yellow throats...

Such a heady combination of rich colour,
balanced in perfection.

Alas, the dramatic tulip, despite her beauty, has no scent at all.

No matter…the blue gum leaves more than make up for it
with their astringent, rich aroma wafting up from their silver-dusted selves.

It's a match for the senses…

They are
sitting on the dining table,
and every time I walk past them
they quite take my breath away.