Flowers from my cutting garden.
When you look at a lot of old (centuries old) Dutch Masters’ still life flower paintings Parrot Tulips are often included in their choice of subject flowers. Parrots are magnificently flamboyant, an eye catcher in any light. They get better as they age for before wilting they fully unfurl their petals in a brilliant, suggestive, final attempt to attract pollinators.
Look at the back side of the tulip in the upper left of the bouquet, there you can see the green streaks that make the pink and green of Nightrider so magnificent.
Next post I plan to take you into my gardens to show you the very early, early, mid and late seasons of daffodils. Winters here are long and gray. Daffodils, which carry their own sunshine, are a tonic for the winter weary. And so I plant them. I plant them until my corner of the world is fair creaking with the extra weight of exuberant yellow from March through May.