It’s been a good year for Tulip Trees. They’ve been full of blossoms. And by the time the blossoms open up enough so you can see all of the inside, they’re already beginning to fade, the petals turning brown, beginning to fray around the ages. But it’s worth the wait to see the vivid red pedestal and the beauty of the fully mature flower, though no longer quite perfect. Maturity is always like that.