Wednesday, April 28, 2010
This is the time of year when tulips are blooming all 'round in New York City and they are such a delight to see. I photographed the vividly striped tangle above in a sidewalk tree garden off of Madison Avenue.
Tulips originated in the Ottoman Empire and so the name for the curving flower is derived from the Persian word for "turban." The bright blooms were brought to Europe in the sixteenth century where they took hold in cool climates like that in Holland.
Right now at the Union Square farmers' market, a vendor is selling spectacular single stems, $1.50 each, ten for $13.
They come in a great variety of colors and shapes.
A bouquet can be separated and placed around the house - on a table
or on a mantle.
It's amazing what one big tulip can do for a room.