This week tulips.
Origin of the name
Although tulips are associated with The Netherlands, commercial cultivation of the flower began in the Ottoman Empire. The tulip, or lale (from Persian لاله, lâleh) as it is also called in Iran and Turkey, is a flower indigenous to a vast area encompassing parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe. The word tulip, which earlier appeared in English in forms such as tulipa or tulipant, entered the language by way of French tulipe and its obsolete form tulipan or by way of Modern Latin tulīpa, from Ottoman Turkish tülbend ("muslin" or "gauze"), and is ultimately derived from the Persian language dulband ("turban").
I never have much success growing these magnificent flowers in our garden but, when in season, I treat myself to bunch after bunch.
They also make the perfect subject to paint.
This a card I made saying goodbye to a group of people who had helped me recover from my depression.
Front of card
Inside of card.
A close up of an open flower.
Shimmering in the flashlight
A variety of wonderful colours.
Delicate palest pink flowers below
A design made from an original tulip flower. Would make a stunning wall canvas. ( I will let you know if I ever get round to doing it)
AND, DID YOU KNOW – YOU CAN HIDE A ZEBRA IN A TULIP!
Or, if you prefer, camouflage - in black and white
And more fab flowers are here -
Click on this link to see more of natures beauty.