Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tulip Time

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.


Martha said...

One of my favorite times of the year!

Karena said...

Oh Bart you have won my heart as tulips, especially the first image species are my favorite!

Art by Karena

Anonymous said...

adorable tulips :)

felicityrose said...

I really enjoy reading your blogs each week, you inspired me to by my first vase a couple of weeks ago and today, by coincidence i purchased some beautiful tulips, thank you.

Jannet said...

See so many pictures of beautiful houses, I'm really jealous. But I can say that I have every week a big bunch of tulips in my living room, because I live in The Netherlands and tulips are very cheap here!!

Cashon&Co said...

Just lovely. That last image is so peaceful and elegant.