From Tulipmania, the largest tulip-themed floral show ever to be held in Singapore. May 09 – 20, 2013, 9am-9pm @ Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.
Parrot Tulips have petals that are feathered, curled, twisted, or waved. Besides this, the flowers are very large and brightly colored. Therefore, Parrot Tulips are extremely flamboyant.
^ Bright Parrot Tulip
^ And, here’s a delightfully feminine cultivar, Tulipa ‘Parrot Lady’.
Tulipa sp.: Tulip
The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which up to 109 species have been described and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. The genus’s native range extends from as far west as Southern Europe, Anatolia, North Africa to the Northwest of China.
Tulips are spring-blooming perennials that grow from bulbs. Tulips are indigenous to mountainous areas with temperate climates and need a period of cool dormancy, known as vernalization. They thrive in climates with long, cool springs and dry summers.
A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or to be displayed as fresh-cut flowers. Most cultivars of tulip are derived from Tulipa gesneriana.
Although tulips are often associated with the Netherlands, commercial cultivation of the flower began in the Ottoman Empire.
In Persia, to give a red tulip was to declare your love. The black center of the red tulip was said to represent the lover’s heart, burned to a coal by love’s passion. To give a yellow tulip was to declare your love hopelessly and utterly.
Photos: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 20130516