Variegated tulip

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  1. TooManyWeeds87

    TooManyWeeds87 Seedling

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    I cannot help myself even with Google, ha, to find the name of this cultivar.

    Really gorgeous blooms if I do say so myself for such old bulbs.

    Thank you.


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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Interesting varieties. My tulips look more striped than the strawberries and cream and not parrot-like as the apricot one. Total mystery, and what similar pictures I did find did not identify the plant. oyoyoyoy
     
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    I was awestruck by some of those tulips, Toni. Absolutely stunning! Seemlingly also rare and expensive ones.

    The closest one I could compare was to 'Mabel," http://www.oldhousegardens.com/display. ... =Mabel.jpg

    At 9.25 each I think I may sell the ones I have, haha. How hard is it to grow tulips from seed? hmm....

    Interesting bit about "breaking." Does that term apply to all variegated tulips? I was under the impression, perhaps falsely, that only applied to the viral infection.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    From what I have read all tulips were solid color until the viral infection caused the colors to break in the infected ones. The break in colors caused such a 'feeding frenzy' that growers started breeding them with the break and creating the break of other colors too.

    http://library.wur.nl/desktop/tulp/history.html
    This gives you a pretty involved history of the Tulip and the interesting info that it almost caused the collapse of the Netherlands economy.
     
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    Thanks for all the interesting information about tulips.

    I actually painted a copy of the "Tulip Folly" in high school. The Jean-Leon Gerome painting is right here in Baltimore at the Walters Art Museum.

    http://art.thewalters.org/viewwoa.aspx?id=32905

    Heaven only knows why he painted the soldiers carrying guns when their duty was to smoosh the flowers. HAHA