http://www.hortus-bulborum.nl/eng/home-english.html I’s almost spring..time for tulipmania! If you are interested in the origins of the tulip, click the link and read up on the history. It’s pretty interesting.
The Hortus Bulborum, established in 1928 is the only museum garden in the world where you can find over 3,700 different tulip, hyacinth, daffodil and other bulbous cultivars, species and varieties in bloom.
This site has a terrific photo album of varieties some dating back to the 1500’s. The type of Tulips that inspired those beautiful botanical prints, and many of the famous paintings of the Dutch Masters. Tulipmania was sparked by these beauties with their mottled two toned colors and large heads. Much different than alot of today’s hybrids which are not that impressive. I’m always on the lookout for unusual and impressive tulips!
The secret to designing with tulips is to embrace the wildness! They have a mind of there own, they are phototropic ( affected by light ) and geotropic ( affected by gravity ) so they can be a difficult challenge to work with. They actually grow an inch or more a day once they have been cut, which also makes for a design challenge.
But tulips are dramatic, bold, sophisticated and well worth the trouble they can give you, just remember to embrace their wild side! It’s almost time for the tulip festival…well maybe I’m pushing it a little, but after the winter we’ve had, I’m ready! 🙂