Here she is, my lone Queen of the Night tulip, all the way from Amsterdam.
As you may (or may not) know, I have, over the years, accumulated heaps of tulip bulbs, all bought from the flower market in Amsterdam, as models for my paintings. Usually, there is a good supply of Queen of the Night in there. Only one has ever come up.
In 2012 she popped up on 2 May. Last year she dallied in the earth until 29 May. This year, she's bright and early, putting in an appearance whilst it's still only April.