Minimalism is great in art and music,



but not tulips. 
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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regular radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world, and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. No… This is great! It makes a statment about the lonely struggle of life, and how we fight adversity against all odds, and…

    Ok… Ok… It IS pretty sad! Perhaps you should have a meeting with your neighborhood squirrels?

    I have found that most species tulips seem to be left alone. Do squirrels have a taste for “fancy” tulips?

  2. Hee hee! Minimalism is not that great in music either, in my opinion. Of course, I have one lowly Texas tulip in my southern garden. I was stoked that it had foliage AND a bud. (I carried the bulb around in my purse for a month, so I was surprised it came up at all!) But then some stupid deer came and ate it. So, I moved the tulip where it’s all alone in another spot. They cost $25 a pop, so maybe I can slowly get more!

  3. Deer candy.

    They ate the ones I planted FOR them and left the ones intermingled with the daffodils and catmint alone! Not nip…mint – eye-popping purple!

  4. I’m a devoted gardenrant reader and this post and accompanyting picture is the funniest thing I’ve ever read on this site – I guffawed out loud when I scrolled down to the photo and I’m still giggling as I type this – thanks ever so much for the laugh!

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