Parrot tulips are among my favorite flowers, they’re just a little bit out of the ordinary, but they’re still tulips and hence just as versatile as all the others. In the garden parrot tulips grow taller than the average and in the same way the flowers are larger, their petals are typically frilled and look ‘feathery’. They are famous for bright and showy color combinations.
Few flowers can claim to have destroyed an economy, but that is the case for tulips which once exchanged hands for enormous sums until the bottom fell out of the market. The tulips popular in the days of the ‘tulip bubble‘ were marked in different colors by a virus specific to tulips. While the virus has almost been wiped out breeders have found a way to produce flowers with the old exotic markings so parrot tulips look like their ancestors from the famous paintings, but are perfectly healthy.
Tulips have extremely flexible stems, and while that means they often arch when arranged, the stems make them ideal buy busy flower arrangers and those, like me, who are looking for something anyone can do without specialized knowledge or training. Bending the stems around the inside of a glass bowl or vase creates a delightful centerpiece, its quick and since few flowers are needed, its also cheap. If I can do it, anyone can, so it’s also foolproof, all you need is some imagination and a glass container. Here’s one I created from green parrot tulips, click the image for more information on how it was done.
There are many reasons to choose tulips when you buy flowers, they last well, they are easy to arrange, you don’t need many to create something pretty and they come in a huge variety of colors and shapes. Here are some more reasons to seek out tulips.
- If you’re a romantic – tulips have a rich history – read Alexandre Dumas ‘Black Tulip’ for example.
- If you have lots of friends who like to talk about their investments, talk to them about tulips and the tulip bubble. It could be a useful lesson !
- If you’re a goth – what could be more gothic than a black tulip? It’s true that most black tulips are truly deep purple, but check out ‘black jack’ and ‘Queen of the night’ for tulips that gleam like satin or velvet and almost appear to soak up the light.
- Green is becoming more common in flowers but there’s no better green than the green parrot tulip, one of the few green flowers with a flexible stem.
- If you like texture – the parrot tulip has ruffled petals adding texture to your arrangement or bouquet. In addition to the green parrot tulip, check out Flaming Paradise which combines green with yellow and orange. Ideal for tropical style event.
- If you can’t get peonies many double tulips are available throughout the year and can look just as good, there’s also more choice of color.
- What's your latest flower project? How did it go? Any questions?
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