Images by Nalini  



Place: Ritterhude
53°10’59?N   8°45’22?E
Elevation 10 m  (33 ft)

Seems to look like flag of some country

No .., they are not fragrant!

Very nice pictures of a variety called Parrot tulips… I used to have Yellow/white with red and had a green streak at the middle of the petal before it unfurled itself, the green slowly faded…very spectacular blooms….

There is a saying that everything is not SARVA GUN SAMPANN….
Beautiful flowers usually dont have very good smell. It goes well with Orchids too.

It is true sometimes. But my Pansys growing in a pot just near the entrance are a good treat to the eyes and nose. Perhaps the missing GUN could be, that i must sow them every year, they don’t survive the winter.

I don’t remember how many tulips we must have prevented from flowering in our childhood. Tulipa stellata is one of the commonest flowering plants in Kashmir valley in spring. We used to dig out bulbs of young plants, whose
leaves had such emerged from ground. I don’t remember any thing more tastier and sweeter than these bulbs. Luckily there numbers were so large that our adventure would not have made much difference to their abundance. It is a sight to see these tulips flowering in spring in meadows.

I have eaten Tulip bulbs, by default… not design… abouty 33+ years ago.. seems like yesterday… one of my mentors’ Irish-american sister-in law along with her family  was a house guest with me in one of the southeast  states, being a hot state, I was forcing bulbs by leaving them in the vegetable compartment for 4-6 weeks…  when I left them to their own devices in the home… I thought they would swim, go for  walks etc …. and  eat what was ready… or use the outside pantry for supplies, never realising that they would invade dirty paper sacks in the veggie  bean in the bottom of the refrigerator… when I came home … I had the delight to taste an “Onion” pie…since Aunt so&so had discovered “so many onions in my veggie drawer…  this  “onion” just did not have the sting like regular red onions or yellow onions that were in vogue as edible bulbs”…. we ( her children and I ) still laugh about it when we remember how “mom’ cooked up all my tulip bulbs, some of which were rare in those days….
    I did not know if they would be toxic or not… but all thru the nite and next morning there no side effects in any of my family or the guests…, we were all hale and hearty… but I have never cooked up a tulip bulb myself….
    So ..’s story came as a surprise, since each one of the tulip bulb is at least in the western countries  cost almost as much as a  whole 5 lbs sack full of good quality cooking onions ….    but there is no telling how
different geographical locale produces different human experience…  loved your story, Dr…. 

 This tulip … Di grows in wild, you will find the whole meadow covered with tulips. The young bulbs (which we would eat, yet without flowers), would be about 1 cm in diam, white in colour, eaten without cooking. Of course it was a job to dig out each bulb with knife. It was easier when soil was loose. Just hold the two leaves and just pull out the whole plant with bulb. 
    Would never dear/afford to take this liberty with horticultural tulips: Rs. 5 a dozen in those days, 50-55 years back. Also don’t know how they would taste.

This tulip, now known as Tulipa clusiana var. stellata is wild in this part of the world, but commonly grown in Europe also. It must be available in Germany also, but at a cost surely. http://johngrimshawsgardendiary.blogspot.com/2010/04/tulipa-clusiana….

Well the foto in this link looks a bit different that the foto of the Tulip I posted. 
I remember to have read a long back that Tulips origin is in Turkey. The dutch people “discovered” this beautiful flower, took the bulbs to Holland and created many new and beautiful varieties. After the second
warld war when people  were starving, the dutch ate the tulip bulbs still preserving their valuable creations. Now holland is making very good business on not only tulips but plants as such. A few days ago i had sent some fotos of the flowermarket in Bremen. The flowerbusiness ist totally in the hands of dutch. Wherever you visit a flowermarket the majority of the vendors are dutch.