When I was in line to buy these flowers at the grocery store – yes, they’re grocery store flowers – the cashier asked me if they were “Carrot Tulips” Pffttt. Carrot Tulips. What a doofus! I politely squinched up my face and said, “Uh, um … well … they’re … Oh!!! I thought you said Carrot Tulips! Yes – sorry – Yes, they’re Parrot Tulips!” Yet again, I am the doofus.
Parrot tulips are the most beautiful tulip in the world to me. They come in different colours, but always have fringed or serrated edges. No matter what colour they are they usually have a tinge of green, along with a couple of different swipes of colour inside. They are not perfect. They’re kindda messy actually and a bit wild looking. But boy are they flamboyant. They are the Liberace of tulips.
A few weeks ago I did a post featuring a rubber web for keeping your tulip stems separated and upright. That was for those of you who like your tulips to appear somewhat under your control. Snicker … as if. In fact, after years of trying to tame the terrible tulip, I finally came to embrace its tendency to droop, squirm and bend. And now, I actually prefer for my tulips to have a mind of their own. ‘Cause then they look like this:
I just cut an inch off the ends and plunked them in my Dollar Store vase. I placed them so they were all drooping over to one side. Since I wanted them to be as messy as possible, I left all the leaves on (which also helps to give added bulk to the arrangement thus keeping it in place). Where some of the buds were covered with leaves, I simply peeled them back like a banana peel, to reveal the flowers.
When you buy your flowers, buy the ones that aren’t completely open yet (like the ones shown in this post). Resolve to abide by this rule, right now! Because once you get in that flower shop/grocery store/neighbour’s garden, you’ll be tempted by the luscious beauty of the fully bloomed flower. DO NOT FALL INTO TEMPTATION. If you need a sponsor, gimme a call … I’ll steer you straight and convince you to purchase the closed flower. They’ll last longer and you’ll get to see them through all of their stages. The ones that are fully bloomed inside the flower cooler will croak a day after you bring them home. Got it?
By the way, I do realize that, kind of like messy hair, the messy tulip isn’t for everyone. But I love it. Messy hair … that’s another story.