The tulips are at their best at just the right time.
Something about the way they twist
As if to catch the last applause,
And drink the moment through long straws,
And how, tomorrow, they’ll be missed.
Svlvia Plath's poem Tulips refers to flowers she received while in hospital recovering from an appendectomy. It was written in 1961 and published in her posthumous volume Ariel.
I didn't want any flowers, I only wanted
To lie with my hands turned up and be utterly empty.