Pure floral pleasure
When my husband goes to his barber on Saturdays, he sometimes brings fresh flowers. Not from the market as you might think, but from the favorite flower shop, which among other things, also created my bridal bouquets beautifully.
This time there was a small, round bouquet in white for our middle KPM Fidibus vase. Also a bunch of white parrot tulips, which we find particularly elegant in the KPM Herzform vase.
Here is a small, interesting excursion to the classification of tulips and a link to my article about the movie “Tulip fever” from summer 2017.
In tulip breeding at the end of the 19th century, the number of tulip varieties increased steadily. At the same time many tulips were offered under different names. Some varieties are said to have been known under up to six names. The tulips were divided into three groups in the middle of the 16th century after their heyday. Early tulips bloom in mid to late April, mid-early flowering in late April to early May, and late varieties bloom in May. Since the tulip blossom depends on the climate, the decisive factor for this classification is the flowering time on comparison areas in the Themsetal.
Today there are about 4200 different types of tulips. They are divided into 15 classes. The class of Rembrandt tulips is hardly noticed today. It is the only one in which the assignment follows the pattern of the flowers. Flamed tulips can be found today in all tulip classes.
Our favorite tulips – the parrot tulips (‘Estella Rijnveld’) belong to the group of ‘late tulips’, class 10. They have petals that are cut in the margin and bent inwards. The flowers are mostly multicolored and look like the colorful wings of fluttering birds. The plants are between 35 and 60 cm high. They work especially well in larger groups. ‘Estella Rijnveld’ and ‘Rococo’ are among the oldest tulips that are still regularly on the market today.¹
We can not get enough of these tulips. Every day, this beautiful picture changes and one wonders that the stalks bent in all directions don’t break off.
Which flowers do you love and why?