Day 130: Tulip 'Black Parrot'

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


The tulips are just about done, ‘Black Parrot’ being one of the last to open. It seems a fitting variety with which to say goodbye – a beautiful parrot tulip that looks just as stunning in bud, in flower or in decline. So many of the fancy fringed parrot types seem to simply explode upon opening, petals lolling about everywhere looking like an autopsy on a stick. Not Black Parrot – this is a tulip that knows how to comport itself, waiting until the final moments to fling its petals wide in silent appeal to an appreciative audience who, enraptured, can only applaud, and long for next spring.

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