Login
Password

Forgot your password?

Blowsy, Overblown And Gorgeous Parrot Tulips

By 1 1

Early Spring Divas

Blowsy & Overblown

Having always been attracted to the blowsy and overblown, Parrot tulips are the perfect flowers for me. I treated myself in the fall and bought a big packet of bulbs that I planted into at least five different pots. Now, as early spring arrives, they are unfurling in all their gaudy splendor.

Orange Parrot Tulip

Parrot tulips are so called because of their wonderful color combinations, with yellow being the base color in this particular collection. I’m seeing orange and yellow, yellow on yellow, subtle pinks and blushing apricot. Of course, you can also find other color combinations, like Flaming Parrot which is a red and white cultivar. The petals are larger than most other tulips, with frilly edges.

Tulips in the bay window

Most of my pots are outside but I had to bring one inside to sit in my bay window next to a glowing pink orchid, just so I could look at the opening flowers more often. They make a great combination, softened by the misty weather outside. The pots outside are sitting on the steps, keeping good company with some delicious looking daffodils.

Early bloomers

These spectacular plants are early bloomers so will be over in ten days or so, but tulips come in all varieties and, if you get it right you can have tulips flowering from early spring to mid summer. This fall I’ll buy some late season bloomers and extend the pleasure of their company.

Last year I planted tulips in individual pots but I think they look far better in groups. I would love to grow them en masse in the garden but critters like them far too much in this neck of the woods. When I was in New York last spring I saw plenty of them in the parks and they were really eye-catching. Tulip bulbs are plentiful and reasonably priced so are the perfect choice for grand scale plantings.

Pink Parrot Tulip

Tulips were first grown in gardens in Persia in the tenth century. Since then they’ve been spread around the world with mixed success, depending on the climate. They come from mountainous regions with temperate climates and cold winters, and don’t last well through warm winters. I used to grow them in Zimbabwe but there they were strictly annuals. Having said that, however, some of my tulips from last year are blooming again, despite the fact that zone 9 should be too warm for them. I did lose a lot of the bulbs to mold during their dormant season though. No matter. I shall love them now, grow them on and hope that I get a repeat performance of these spectacular beauties in a couple of years.

 

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black)
Amazon Price: $329.99 Buy Now
(price as of Mar 18, 2016)
This is the camera I use for my flower and other pics.
Advertisement
Advertisement

Comments

Apr 26, 2016 9:42am
AidinS
These are absolutely beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen this variety down here. I'll certainly be on the lookout for them now. I would love to add them to my garden.
Add a new comment - No HTML
You must be logged in and verified to post a comment. Please log in or sign up to comment.

Explore InfoBarrel

Auto Business & Money Entertainment Environment Health History Home & Garden InfoBarrel University Lifestyle Sports Technology Travel & Places
© Copyright 2008 - 2016 by Hinzie Media Inc. Terms of Service Privacy Policy XML Sitemap

Follow IB Home & Garden