The tulips have bloomed in Middle Tennessee, and the gardeners at Cheekwood Botanical Garden believe it was worth the wait.
Some 55,000 tulips were promised, but really, at this point, who's counting. Springtime at Cheekwood is like taking a trip to Holland when the airports and passports are not necessary.
"Last year, we had solid pink. This year, we have a beautiful red-and-yellow mix in this garden," said Leigh Anne Lomax, Cheekwood's horticulture manager.
Lomax knows the pressure that comes with waiting and wondering, when Mother Nature gets the final say.
Finally, now it is time for the tulips to bloom.
"They've been a little slow this year, but it's OK. Good things are worth waiting for, and here they are," Lomax said.
These flowers have been in full high-definition glory long before television figured out that technology, and Cheekwood provides the perfect backdrop for your April photos.
"I hope they love it, and their jaw drops just in awe of the color and the flowers and the amazing fragrance. It's just phenomenal," Lomax said.
The hope now is that high heat and severe weather stays away so the tulips have some time to stick around.
"Don't miss it. It will not last long," Lomax said. "Come on out. I think next two weeks will be your best shot, and this weekend will be the one."
Lomax never takes a break when it comes to tulip planning, as she's already working on next year's crop.
Cheekwood's Botanical Gardens are located in west Nashville on Forrest Park Drive. Admission for adults is $12 and $5 for children and students.
The gardens are open every day except Monday.
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