A short story …

for Friday Fictioneers.

It’s not something I often do, but I couldn’t resist reworking a tale I wrote for FriFics 6 years ago.



Now listen to me tulip, you need to wake up your mates. I know it’s still a little chilly, but the daffodils put up with it, so why can’t they?

We all like a lie-in, but this is ridiculous. This time last year you were all on parade. Right now, most of you are still tucked up in your flower beds. Being tulips gives you no privileges.

So, this is your final warning.  If your colleagues don’t get up and open their petals right now you will find yourself joining the weeds on the compost heap. 

I’m counting. One…two….three…



flowers-naamaThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Na’ama for the photo.

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49 thoughts on “A short story …

  1. Margaret May 4, 2022 / 12:33

    He’s onto something radical. He could start a gardening show with this. No need for fertiliser, soil sampling, mulching. Just yell at them. Brilliant.

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  2. rochellewisoff May 4, 2022 / 12:51

    Dear Keith,

    I’ve heard talking to plants is beneficial, but yelling at sleeping tulips? Hm. Not so sure about that. There’s nothing wrong with posting retreads. Most of us either haven’t read them or don’t remember them. 😉 I enjoyed this. Get on with it, Tulips!



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    • Keith's Ramblings May 4, 2022 / 14:43

      I do talk to my house plants, but that’s probably because I have no one else to talk to!

      I’ve got 17 years’ worth of stories behind me. I may just dig a few more up from time to time!

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 4, 2022 / 15:19

      Oh, you have no idea, Christine, I planted them for a purpose so they should do what’s expected of them!

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  3. GHLearner May 4, 2022 / 15:42

    I talk to my houseplants, too. Doesn’t always work. Maybe I should try the yelling.

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  4. msjadeli May 4, 2022 / 16:50

    I enjoyed your rework of the story. Drill sergeant to spring flowers is so amusing to me.

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  5. Michael May 4, 2022 / 20:20

    I saw Worzle Gummidge giving the tulips a lecture, lovely

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  6. Iain Kelly May 4, 2022 / 23:12

    Our tulips turned out great this year – of course, in the Scottish weather they lasted about 2 days before the wind and rain destroyed them, but still…! 🙂

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  7. Bill May 4, 2022 / 23:17

    That’s why I do not garden. All that difficult consternation. 🙂 Nice one, Keith.

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  8. authorfleurl May 5, 2022 / 07:38

    Gret little story, telling the flowers to get on with it. My late aunt used to tell her gladioli to ‘grow ya buggers, grow!”

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  9. granonine May 5, 2022 / 14:03

    Laying down the law to the flora :). I had a little chat with my dogwood trees last week, and now they’re in full bloom. Maybe it really does work!

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  10. Inside the Mind of Isadora May 5, 2022 / 20:19

    I’m a firm believer in speaking to plants. Sometimes, they need a little nudge.
    This is a fun read, Keith. 😄 LOVED IT!!!
    Isadora 😎

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  11. James McEwan May 5, 2022 / 20:33

    I’ve heard of people talking to heir plants> Do you think scolding them might just wilt their libidos?

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  12. plaridel May 5, 2022 / 23:40

    what a hard taskmaster, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

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  13. Na'ama Yehuda May 11, 2022 / 02:38

    What? I’m almost a week late to reading this? Must’a had a bit of a Tulip nap, eh? … 😉 Love this, by the way! Sorry for the tardiness. …I’ve been spending way too much time with Narcissium … 😉


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