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My Victorian Garden: Gardening with Rare & Unusual Antique Heirloom Spring Tulip Bulbs

Updated on June 04, 2015
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Chazz is an Interior Decorator/Consultant/Retailer, amateur photographer, cook, gardener, handyman, currently restoring an 1880 Victorian.

Tulipa Insulinde from the early 1900s
Tulipa Insulinde from the early 1900s | Source

Gardening with Rare and Unusual Perennial Tulips

This page will introduce you to some of the most exotic and rare antique and heirloom tulips and their (true) story of beauty, intrigue and high stakes finance that puts today's global banking, government, and stock market shenanigans to shame.

Royal Sovereign is the oldest surviving English Florists Tulip (from early 1800s).
Royal Sovereign is the oldest surviving English Florists Tulip (from early 1800s). | Source

Why Rare and Unusual Antique Heirloom tulips?

Although our house (an 1880 Victorian) and its garden are still very much a (lot of) work in progress, we knew we wanted to create a period perennial garden to go with the house.

We have spent a lot of time researching and finding appropriate plants for each season and our climate. So even though the beds are not exactly laid out according to plan yet, we started choosing and planting perennials appropriate for our Victorian garden.

While not every plant we grow is pre-1900, we have tried to stick to those as close to what was available and in use circa 1880 or that the original owners may have added over the first years they lived here.

We are in zone 5, so you may not be able to grow all of these, but if you can, there is a lot to be said for gardening with plants that have been around so long. Many of these older varieties are hardier than newer hybrids. Some are fragrant and none are fussy. Heirloom tulips may cost a little more but they are well worth the investment, especially since heirloom tulips increase and come up every year while most new varieties will not.

As we add bulbs annually, we will update this page with additional photos as our new antique varieties bloom, so please bookmark this page or follow us on facebook or twitter for update notices.

A 1670 painting by Dutch artist Jan Davidsz de Heem, "Festoon with Flowers and Fruits"
A 1670 painting by Dutch artist Jan Davidsz de Heem, "Festoon with Flowers and Fruits" | Source

Tulip Mania

As evidenced by the opulent tulip-filled still life paintings by the Dutch masters, tulip frenzy began in the 1630s in Europe when the coveted wild flowers were imported from Turkey.

The most popular were the elaborately colored and striped "broken" tulips which were feathered and flamed by benign viruses.

Tulips came to America with the earliest settlers. In the 1700s and early 1800s, tulips were grown as a mix of individual specimens.

In the mid to late 1800s, Victorians massed brilliant early blooming tulips in elaborate beds in their lawns. By the early 20th century, in part as a reaction to what was considered the excesses of the Victorian era, taller late-blooming pastel tulips came into production and favor and many of the earlier varieties were lost forever.

The Dutch Golden Age of Painting (And Tulips)

A trio of paintings from the height of Tulip Mania. (Described below).
A trio of paintings from the height of Tulip Mania. (Described below). | Source

A trio of Baroque paintings from the Dutch Golden Age featuring flamboyant tulips (Left to Right): Christoffel van den Berghe’s (c. 1590- 1645) Tulips, Roses, Narcissi, Daffodils, Crocuses, an Iris, a Poppy and Other Flowers in a Gilt Mounted Porcelain Vase on a Ledge, Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder (1573 – 1621), Still Life with Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, and Maria van Oosterwijck (1630-1693) Flower Still Life.

Detail: 17th Century Dutch Still Life Painting
Detail: 17th Century Dutch Still Life Painting | Source

About "Broken" Tulips

The broken in broken tulips refers to the coloring. There is nothing damaged about broken tulips, although the contrasting coloration is caused by a virus. The virus does not harm the bulbs. However, because it can be spread by aphids and other insects, broken tulips should not be grown near other tulips or lilies.

Broken tulips should not be confused with modern "Rembrandt" tulips, which have been created by breeding and are not true broken tulips. Once you've grown the originals you will see that they do not compare.

Lost Tulips from the Past

A few of the tulips lost over time (described below)
A few of the tulips lost over time (described below) | Source

Shown above, left to right: Tulip cultivee Plate 375 from ‘Plantes de la France, decrites et peintes d'apres Nature', by Jean Henri Jaume Sainte-Hilaire (1772-1845). Tulips hand colored engraving from ‘Hotus Nitidissimis Omnem Per Annum Superbiens Floribus’ by Christoph J. Trew, and Color engraving of a Tulip from life (Plate 142) by P.J Redouté from 'Choix des plus belle fleurs' published in 1827.

Tulips.    Botanical Illustration by Pierre-Joseph Redouté
Tulips. Botanical Illustration by Pierre-Joseph Redouté | Source

Fascinating Tales of Tulipmania

Tulipmania: Money, Honor, and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age
Tulipmania: Money, Honor, and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age

Intrigued by Tulipmania? Learn more about this incredible-but-true story of greed, deceit, beauty, and politics in this highly rated, researched, and readable volume by Anne Goldgar.

 

Tulipa Gloria Nigrorum: A "Broken" Tulip from 1837

Gloria Nigrorum with early bearded iris and muscari (grape hyacinths)
Gloria Nigrorum with early bearded iris and muscari (grape hyacinths) | Source
This photo better captures the actual color and beauty of the glorious nigrorum. © Author, 2015
This photo better captures the actual color and beauty of the glorious nigrorum. © Author, 2015

Also known as Violet Ponceau and La Victorieuse, Gloria Nigrorum (Black Glory) is one of the oldest surviving Bijbloemen (purple on white) broken tulips.

It is a striking deep violet on creamy white.

16" tall for zones 4 through 7.

Source of bulbs: Old House Gardens

Columbine Tulip

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Columbine opens purple on white which quickly becomes a soft pretty shade of lavender. This Bijbloemen tulip dates to 1920 and bears the name of Harlequin's sweetheart -- and a sweetheart of a tulip it surely is! A demure 16 inches, Columbine will flourish in zones 4-7.

Heirloom Tulip Bulbs are True Perennials: Out of one, many

Here's a group that started with just one bulb a few years ago. The tulip in the background of the first photo is Purple Crown.
Here's a group that started with just one bulb a few years ago. The tulip in the background of the first photo is Purple Crown. | Source

For More Beautiful Blooms Year After Year

Dr. Earth 700 Organic 1 Bulb Fertilizer, Boxed, 4-Pound
Dr. Earth 700 Organic 1 Bulb Fertilizer, Boxed, 4-Pound

Bulbs use a lot of energy to bloom and feeding them is necessary to keep them coming back better than ever and multiplying. Dr. Earth Organic 1 Bulb Food is a 100 percent natural and organic formula with Alaskan fish bone meal, valley-grown alfalfa meal, colloidal rock phosphate, feather meal, naturally mined potassium sulfate and, as they like to say, "blended with 100-Percent pure love." It loosens and improves soil structure and is pet and people safe.

 
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Other Types of Broken Tulips

In addition to the Bijbloemen tulips shown above, there are Roses (Red and Pink on White) and Bizarres (brown or red on yellow).

Within each of those three categories are three subcategories: Breeder, the original solid color, Feather, which describes tulips lightly marked with the darker color, and Flame, which refers to more distinct and dramatic high contrast markings.

A Wild Parrot Tulip from 1750: Markgraaf van Baden

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This extremely rare early parrot tulip known as the "Mad Count Baden" is historically one of the most popular and important tulips. The folks at Old House Gardens have compared it to "molten lava cascading down a tropical mountainside." We can't think of a more apt description for the swirling flames of Markgraaf van Baden. 16-18" Tall for zone 4-7.

Wacky Weather Wreaks Havoc on Wild and Crazy Tulips - Spring 2012 Garden Battered by Fluctuating Weather Extremes

On the left, T. Perfecta and on the right, Markgraaf van Baden.
On the left, T. Perfecta and on the right, Markgraaf van Baden. | Source

After an unusually warm winter and early spring temperatures that felt more like summer, we were hit by a snowstorm on April 23rd followed by a warm spell broken by gale force winds and rain with a severe hailstorm at the beginnng of May. We've got some battle-weary tulips amongst the survivors.

Temperatures were back to near 80+ degrees (fahrenheit) again within a couple of days. Still repairing the latest damage as much as possible. Took the above photos the morning after the hailstorm when I literally peeled these blossoms off the ground.

Tulipa Cafe Brun: Another Early but Not-So-Early Parrot Tulip

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Dating to 1840, this flamboyantly gorgeous tulip is inexplicably named Cafe Brun, which translates to Brown Coffee. Looking more like a dragon's fiery breath, this tulip grows in zones 5 through 7 and is 12 to 14 inches tall. Ours bloom in mid-May.

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The Granddaddy of Wild & Crazy Tulips

If you think tulips Markgraff van Baden, Perfecta, and Cafe le Brun are phenomenal, take a look at the botanical illustration of Tulipa Monstrosa Rubra Maior !

This is a lithograph by Johann Wilhelm Weinmann (1683-1741) of an actual tulip.

As his name indicates, Weinmann was a German artist and his work is further evidence of the European (and soon world-wide) epidemiology of Tulip Mania.

Tulipa Gloria Solis (Glory of the Sun) Dates to 1854

Tulipa Gloria Solis and Visitor.
Tulipa Gloria Solis and Visitor. | Source

'Glory of the Sun' was one of the most popular tulips between 1860 and the mid-1900s. It then fell out of fashion and became endangered, almost completely disappearing. It is still a hard-to-find rare tulip. About a foot high, early blooming, and rated for zones 5 through 7.

Tulip Protea 'Peony Gold' - First Bloom Spring 2012

Photos show the progressive color change of T. Peony Gold over several days.
Photos show the progressive color change of T. Peony Gold over several days. | Source
Fourth in progression of peony tulip's bloom.
Fourth in progression of peony tulip's bloom. | Source


Although this beauty (above and on right) looks like a trendy new designer hybrid, it is actually an antique heirloom tulip from the 1700s height of tulipmania.

Extremely rare, heirloom tulip Peony Gold changes color from pale yellow green to yellow and frequently followed by gold brushed with red.

Blooms early (mid-April) for us most years. Hardy to Zone 4.

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Purple Crown Tulip

A Very Rare Flower from 1785


Purperkroon (Purple Crown) is a double early blooming tulip that is one of the very few from the 1700s available at all.

Also known as The Moor, Purperkroon is a regal rich purple-red standing about 12 inches tall. It will do nicely in zones 5-7.


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Tulipa Willem van Oranje


This exhuberant tulip (shown above and to the left) was named for the founder of the Dutch Republic in honor of his 400th birthday.

Hardy in zones 3 thru 7, Tulipa Willem van Oranje is just under 12 inches tall and an exhuberant blend of copper tones with peach, orange, rose, and gold.

An impressionist painter's dream!

Tulipa Lac van Rijn: An Extremely Rare Tulip from 1620

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This rare survivor from tulipmania was one of the most expensive tulips in the 17th century and commanded prices equivalent to thousands of dollars today. Although it still commands a higher price as tulip bulbs go, if you are lucky enough to find one, you can expect to pay less than $15. Not bad for an almost 400 year old antique of such beauty! Lac van Rijn (pronounced Lock von Rhine) is a single early tulip that is a good naturalizer, 14 inches tall, zones 4-7.

Even Rarer: General Ney Tulip - From 1837

General Ney Heirloom Tulip from 1837
General Ney Heirloom Tulip from 1837 | Source

Named after one of Napoleon's generals, this is an early single tulip that is a most unusual rich mahogany or cordovan color that changes tone with the light, sometimes glowing with more of a red undertone and sometimes a tad more purple. Difficult to explain and even more difficult to capture in a photo. Grows to about 16-18 inches. Zone 4-7.

We Were Honored to Have Our Tulips Chosen as Page of the Day March 20, 2012

Robin Svedi wrote:

Today as we say hello to spring, we invite you to stop and smell the tulips -- but not just any tulips.

At My Victorian Garden: Gardening with Rare and Unusual Antique Heirloom Spring Tulip Bulbs, Chazz shows us several delightfully rare tulips from his own garden where he is attempting to recreate the look of the land during the late Victorian era:

"We have tried to stick to those as close to what was available and in use circa 1880 or that the original owners may have added over the first years they lived here."

At the lens, in addition to viewing Chazz's own gorgeous tulip photos, you'll also learn about the history of these perennial favorites and why having "broken" tulips in your garden is a good thing...

Best of all, Chazz promises to update the lens as more of his flowers bloom.

What a great way to keep an online garden journal!

Can't get enough Victorian era flowers? Visit ---Chazz's other pages in his Victorian garden series: Heirloom Daffodils and Antique Roses.

Thank you, Robin, for such a wonderful introduction!


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      Silvia 7 months ago

      Hi! Beautiful flowers, thanks!

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      mistyriver 2 years ago

      These are beautiful!

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      Blooming bulbs are my favorite type of spring flower. I love how you've tried to plant the tulips that would have been around when your house was built - gorgeous!

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      liny-tan 3 years ago

      really lovely tulips. wish i could grow them too! useful and informative

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      liny-tan 3 years ago

      really lovely tulips. wish i could grow them too! useful and informative

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such a beautiful lens. Great information.

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      I like all those beauty pictures in this lens

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      Still loving the wonderful tulips in this lens, topping up the blesssing.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      Wonderful blooms! I love tulips and especially the 'wierd' ones. I love the way they snake and flop too.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      How Have I not seen this lens? I guess I wasn't supposed to until this very moment. "Blessings"

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      Anna2of5 4 years ago

      There is a Lot of Squid Angel dust on this lens, how neat! Your lenses and your photos are all so Beautiful, i love to visit and get lost in all the beauty and knowledge about what you do. So many thoughtful touches. Your house must have had lovely bouquets all season. What fun. I'd love to see a lens about your landscaping and what the larger picture looks like for an established garden such as your. You may have already done one I'll keep looking. :D

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      When my mom brought me a huge bouquet of double tulips I got carried away photographing them because they were stupendous. Love your photos

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      What beautiful tulips - you're inspiring me to take an interest in gardening!

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      joannalynn lm 4 years ago

      I order her plants from the Monticello site a couple of times a year, and often heirlooms. Now you have me on a new track...tulips! This is exciting.

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      randomthings lm 4 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens. And the different types of tulips...I had no idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      joannalynn lm 4 years ago

      My Mum's favourite flowers are tulips, and she loves heirlooms of every kind. These are so beautiful (my tulips seem so ordinary). She is going to be delighted with your lens :), which I am going to share with her. Do you know if Thomas Jefferson had any tulip varieties he cultivated at Monticello?

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      @joannalynn lm: Hi Joanna - Thanks for sharing this with your mum. To answer your question, Jefferson was fond of tulips and grew Lac van Rijn, Duc van Tol, tulipa cv (a yellow with red), parrot tulips and others. He frequently had bulbs shipped from Europe and had mostly the striped varieties popular in the latter 1700s. You should be able to see some of these and get more info on the Monticello website. Hope that helps. Thanks again.

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      Sher Ritchie 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your Purple Star - and happy Tulip Day (May 13th). (I've featured your lens on mine: https://hubpages.com/holidays/windmill-day-is-fun under the Tulip section). Thanks for sharing!

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      TheCheshireCat 4 years ago

      Beautiful. COngrats on all the awards. Well deserved.

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      gypsykitschpres 4 years ago

      So pretty!

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      poutine 4 years ago

      lovely

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      Auntie-M LM 4 years ago

      Goodness, I wish I had your green thumbs and fingers and toes!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 4 years ago

      Angel Blessed. The guy who wrote Wicked, also did a rewrite of Cinderella which is also about the black market in bulb trading centuries ago.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      I do love tulips and your tulips are really beautiful!

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      arcarmi 4 years ago

      So beautiful!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Love your lens! High FIVE!

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      Ksushella 4 years ago

      Beautiful! I palnted some tulips in my garden and they are just about to show all their beauty! Can't wait to see...

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I am a tulip lover too. My tulips are filling out nicely and will be blooming in about two weeks and I'll be posting pictures of them on my tulip lens. This was very educational for me - many of the tulips I received from my parents got spoiled with poor storage facilities. Too bad. There were some very different flowers there. Now, I have normal, but, still beautiful tulips. How I do go on!

      Congratulations on your purple star and LotD awards for this lens. Angel blessings!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Love this beautiful lens! I'm off on a liking & pinning expedition. I'm pinning this on Pinterest.

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      greasergirlalex 4 years ago

      This lens shows great detail on gardening rare and weird flowers and plants

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      dwnovacek 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens - I love tulips so much and you've given us a great lens to help us enjoy them. Angel Blessed!

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for sharing these rare tulip photos. I never knew what a broken tulip was until I read your lens. Angel Blessings**

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I love that Tulipa Willem van Oranje! Your garden is growing beautifully.

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      Such a beautiful lens with fantastic photos. Tulips, especially the variagated ones, make great subjects for anyone interested in macro photography.

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      whats4dinner 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos! Probably even more stunning in real life. Great job!

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      ViJuvenate 4 years ago

      I love that you are not only restoring the interior of your home, but the exterior as well. It would be easy to go crazy with tulips, they are so stunning. The parrot tulips have always caught my eye as well.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Ge! Beautiful pictures, great to come back!

      Happy April Fool's Day... have fun!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      What a beautiful page! Tulips are among my favorite flowers, and you've delivered a stunning bouquet. I had completely forgotten the term "broken tulip." Thank you for reminding me of this old term. And the Wild Parrot--gorgeous.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      I may have said this a few dozen times before, but what wouldn't I give to visit your garden - especially now that spring has come, and with your heirloom bulbs in bloom. I hope you're going to keep your camera very busy all through the season, Chazz!

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      caronia 4 years ago

      beautiful !!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congrats. Love to have a garden like this.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Congrats on the award. Beautiful lens now featured on Squidoo LOTD Lenses2 and also on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi spring bulbs make the garden come alive,you have some that I have never heard of and so pretty.Thanks for sharing.

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      I knew there were a lot of varieties but haven't seen some of these. Very impressive.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      you see, i forgot to tell you that i blessed this lens.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      before i forget, congratulations for winning the LoD and the purple star. i love the vintage tulips you have in your victorian garden. i have narcissi in my garden but the moles digged the holes around them and the bulbs slid down below.

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      whodiesinthenew 5 years ago

      Great lens! When I was a kid my parrents used to grow tulips for selling.

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      KatherineWakefield 5 years ago

      Stunning flowers! Love your lens!

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      Alex Graham 5 years ago

      Beautiful! Wonderful and interesting!

      Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the pictures. Nice lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Beautiful ... congratulations on LOTD!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Best wishes and big congratulations on LOTD - blessed.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Ah, tulips - the third leg of my spring flower triumvirate: snowdrops, daffodils and tulips. I have a lovely arrangement of pink tulips on my dining table right this moment. I once owned and revived (not remuddled) an 1880s Victorian in Milford, NH. I loved all the unique features of that house and tremendously enjoyed planting the gardens. Left so many memories and perennials there ...

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      squid-janices7 5 years ago

      What a truly stunning lens AND garden! One of my favorite trips was visiting Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands when all of their bulbs were in full bloom. They had some of these rare and heirloom varieties too. They are just a nice way to spruce up more generic tulips since they are truly knock-outs. Congrats on LOTD!!

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      A delightful lens, so very interesting and full of information. A joy to read - blessed

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      Deborah Swain 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      well deserved lens of the day! have you seen any of david hockney's tulip paintings?

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      A beautiful lens highlighting my favorite flower, the tulip. Thanks. d

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      An absolutely gorgeous lens. Such beautiful tulips. My favorite of the ones you show here is the Tulipa Willem van Oranje. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Oh wow, you knocked it out of the park with this one; those Tulips are stunning.

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      MrsPotts 5 years ago

      I love tulips and these are so delightful!

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Oh! wonderful. Watch these flowers and forget the world.

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      lunagaze 5 years ago

      Very beautiful flowers

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      Big congratulations on LOTD and very well deserved. Loved those purple tuplips.

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      myfriend123 5 years ago

      Very nice.

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      sidther lm 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!!! I recently planted a few run of the mill tulips but I really LOVE the General Ney you have here!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Just stopping back by to congratulate you on LotD. Very pleased to celebrate this award-winning lens once again.

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      bjslapidary 5 years ago

      How beautiful. Love tulips and the many varieties.

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      NicoleDean 5 years ago

      What beautiful - and interesting - flowers! Thanks so much for sharing your garden with us! Congratulations on LOTD, too!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Beautiful presentation, love the pictures, and Yes I always love tulips, I have them in my garden, and the tulips and strawberries loved me for years.

      Pin and Blessing for your lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fabulous lens, Chazz! I loved seeing these beautiful "antiques". Congratulations on a well-deserved LOTD!

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      beautiful. great lens and photos. I would like do to a drawing of the photo of the broken tulips.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos! I love the vibrant colors!

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Congrats on LOTD! You've got absolutely gorgeous tulips and I really like how you've shared the history behind so many of them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Outstanding images! Congratulations on getting LOTD!

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      cathywoodosborn 5 years ago

      As always - a visual delight and a learning experience on more than one level, at least for me. Thank you Chazz. :-)

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      Pretty lens. My favorite was the Columbine Tulip. The Mad Count Borden tulip is pretty awesome too.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I love tulips. And there are some here that I have never seen. Thanks for sharing all the great information.

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      duslan 5 years ago

      Great lens! Beautiful photos. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Paula Atwell 5 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      This is an outstanding page, with beautiful pictures, and lots of references. I loved going through it the first time, and will definitely come back. : ) Congrats and well deserved on the LOTD.

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      Ken Parker 5 years ago from Tacoma, Wa

      I am in the Spring Spirit now even thought there is snow outside !

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      What you are doing is so interesting...I'd love to see your 1800's house, and will have to explore your lenses to see if it shows anywhere. The tulips are beautiful, interesting information about the broken tulips. My tulips are peeking out of the ground early this year due to the warm weather. I was told that after many years, tulips that are hybrid return to their true or most dominant color, not sure that this is true, but was interesting to hear. Congrats on the LOTD

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      This is a great lens I like the information and will be coming back to read more of your work.

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      badmsm 5 years ago

      Lovely! Liked & Blessed by a Squid Angel! :)

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Wow, this sure got me in the mood for Spring! Lovely photos. And congrats on LOTD!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Chazz, you continue to impress and inspire me with your wide-ranging interests and experience. I am challenged to do more AND better lenses, due to your marvelous work. Thanks once again!

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      jstarley 5 years ago

      I love to garden and especially love my perennials. I've just recently took a liking to heirloom veggies but I love learning about these tulips. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wonderful tulips :)

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Absolutely gorgeous! Loved this lens! :>)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh boy, your tulip photos are lovely. I love the paintings too.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautifully done lens...congrats on LOTD...blessed! :)

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      @AlleyCatLane: Thanks for the compliment and suggestion and we do intend to do that and I'm also adding pages for some of our other heirloom flowers. When these pictures were taken there wasn't much of a garden as we were still working on the paths and plantings. We have a few overall photos on Red Gage and hopefully this year I'll be able to add more photos of blooms in context.

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      Ellen Mitchell 5 years ago

      Nice work here! An enjoyable read!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      These are incredibly beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I would love to see pictures of your yard with the flowers blooming. Why not add a photo or two to this lens? Congratulations on your LOTD too. Well deserved.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous! Congrats on LOTD, well deserved!

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      lovely... you've done a great job...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This lens is exquisite, & I am viewing it on the first day of spring! Thanks & best wishes.

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      gypsiedream 5 years ago

      Beautiful flowers!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Congratulations on LotD!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How delightful to tiptoe through your tulips! You have varieties I've never seen before and fell in love with tulips all over again, especially the Purple Crown. I believe I have seen the rare General Ney unless there is something similar to it, I remember being captivated. Congratulations on LotD honors, tulips are a wonderful way to welcome spring!

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      brilliant!!!! I could look at these pictures a hundred times.

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      karen vance loudermilk 5 years ago from charleston wv

      Loved this lens and congrats on lens of the day, way to go

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Beautiful tulips and great info about these heritage plants. Congrats on LofD.

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      cao2fine 5 years ago

      My great grandmother's garden was full of beautiful unusual tulips similar to the ones shown here. Wow, this takes me back in time...thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of these gorgeous spring flowers!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Wow - what amazing, beautiful variety! Blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on LotD!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. The first I've read through in a long time. Very informative and fun to look at.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Absoluely amazing, what a fantastic job you have done on your garden! Congratulations on your LOTD, most deserving, and green thumb Angel Blessings!

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Came back to google +1 this - to share with my man-servant (perhaps we'll try to plant some of these rare tulips).

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Gorgeous lens . . great tips and photos. I especially like that Purple Crown Tulip. Congrats on a well deserved purple star and LotD.

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations, this lens was selected as LOTD today. You can read all about it here: http://hq.squidoo.com/lotd/my-victorian-garden-gar...

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      Ribolov LM 5 years ago

      NIce lens, nice pictures, great infos. Thnx.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful tulips and photos. You should frame those photos! Amazing!

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      So well deserved LOTD :) Have a great spring Chazz!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      The history of the early Tulip Trade, is very interesting, and so is this great selection of Tulips.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great look at rare flowers, well done and congrats on your awards. Great having a lensmaster like you around. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'll show this to my girlfriend - she was talking about the beauty of tulips just a few minutes ago when we had breakfast. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      THE BLOSSOMING by Kathryn Neale is partly inspired by the wild daffodils growing in and around Blackwood, Victoria. Those original tulips are even more inspirering, keep up that wonderful work.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love tulips and have certainly been introduced to many new ones here. Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful flowers.

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      Beautiful Lens! I love Tulips...I am sending blessings your way! Have a great day!

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      I am green with envy of your beautiful flowers. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      seosri417 5 years ago

      Beautiful tulips

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      WhiteOak50 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!! Leaving you with a Blessing to top it off!!

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      seojyo 5 years ago

      awesome tulips..especially purple and rare tulips

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Gorgeous pictures of tulips. Great lens.

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      Melody Lassalle 5 years ago from California

      Beautiful! Congrats on LOTD!

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      bonusprint lm 5 years ago

      Great Lens! Thanks for sharing

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      Skylermeyer2012 5 years ago

      Wow nice images and right up about the tulip flower. I will bookmark this lens to come back soon.. Liked!

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      accfuller 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD - Beautiful :)

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Congratulations on a well-deserved LOTD award. Beautiful lens. I love tulips, and I learned quite a bit from your information. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD :-)

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      WhiteOak50 5 years ago

      Just wanted to let you know that I have featured this page on my new lens: A Garden Journal

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      juliet765 5 years ago

      What beautiful tulips, thanks for sharing.

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      slotowngal 5 years ago

      Such lovely tulips! Thank you for sharing... angel blessed.

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      Audado 5 years ago

      If you love Tulips you will know Keukenhof.nl in Holland. I have been there as young kid and still have a vivid impression!

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      SusansZooCrew 5 years ago

      Wow! Found this lens randomly, bookmarking to come back and read more! Great lens!

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Gorgeous lens! Purple tulips have always been my favorite. I had never heard the term "broken" tulip before . . . always just thought of those as variegated. Thanks for teaching me something new!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Wow!!!! What beautiful flowers!! Blessed!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      What a fascinating article. I really knew nothing about heirloom tulips before visiting this beautiful site. I can see how easily I might get hooked on creating a period garden. Thank you for another exceptional presentation. Appreciated!

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      Thank you for visiting and blessing my snowdrop lens...that was so kind, and much appreciated. Lovely, lovely tulips! Have you read Tulip Fever by Deborah Mogash? It is a fevered tale, set in holland during the tulip madness...

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Columbine is gorgeous! Other too of course, I love tulips all together :) I hope to have a garden of my own some day too, because I don't like watching cut tulips dying in my vase in my apartment. Great lens, thank you.

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      seabreezes 5 years ago

      A beautiful lens. So interesting with such lovely pictures. This is one of the best lens that I have seen. Wish I could grow tulips but I live in a warm climate.

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      Exquisite! Another favorite of mine, so many of yours are on my fav list! Nominated for LOTD! and of course, Blessed!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I love this lens! Just beautiful and I am so looking forward to spring. lessed!

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      Namymartyn 5 years ago

      Great lens i like it.............

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Stunning photos, --Chazz...

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      Dave Woodfield 5 years ago

      thanks

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      Bobbala 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you!

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      AskLou1 5 years ago

      My wife and I just loved this lens!

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      The tulip pictures are really good. Thanks for sharing some insights.

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      cajkovska lm 5 years ago

      Just wonderful!

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      LauraTelier 5 years ago

      What beautiful flowers. Great lens thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens thanks for sharing on squidoo

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      Love the pics!!!Blessed

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      The flowers are so beautiful. I especially like the Gloria Nigrorum. thank you so much for sharing this information on Heirloom Bulbs, and all of the lovely pictures. Blessed by Squid Angel alwaysjules!

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      These tulips are gorgeous. I've never heard of "broken" tulips, so I learned something today. Thanks.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! Great information. I learned a lot from you!

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      maddydidit 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love broken tulips and your photos are phenomenal.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. I feel like I can reach out and touch them.

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      Herman IV 5 years ago

      This is a superb lens. The tulips here are beautiful. Thank you for bringing together such wonderful art and photography with great information!

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      Loretta 5 years ago from United States

      Beautiful and informative lens <3

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      I love the history behind the tulip. This year I'm growing black tulips and can't wait to see them.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      These tulips are gorgeous, Chazz - a welcome visitation of spring on a cold grey February day. *blessed* with thanks!

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      gemjane 5 years ago

      Lots of interesting info on the old tulips. How nice you have those lovely old-fashioned flowers in your yard!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very Good material and resources. I am going to try some of this advice.

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      Gorgeous lens. My favorite flower. I've read Tulipmania and enjoyed it.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I love Tulips, and you have some wonderful pictures on this lens, plus it's a really nice lens as well. Blessings left behind.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am going to have a look for some heirloom tulips this year, beautiful !!!!

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      Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Too hot in my locale and not enough water. I think your examples of the tulip are gorgeous.

      That flower is a winner.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I've always loved tulips, just for their beauty and the emotional boost they give in the spring. Their history is fascinating too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a magnificent lens that showcases the beautiful spring bulbs, the tulips, your garden has extremely beautiful flowers.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      @GuyB LM: Only the petals are edible. The bulbs are nasty and the bulb cores are poisonous.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Truly a lovely lens. I have ordered many tulip bulbs from Holland, but didn't know the history behind the more unusual tulips that I selected to plant. This is a very beautiful and informative lens. I am leaving you with a Squid Angel blessing and added this lens to My Squid Angel Wings blessing lens to be featured for your Home & Gardening neighborhood.

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      GuyB LM 5 years ago

      Tulips are such a racy little flower. I was delighted to read this information. Ever eat one? Are they toxic? I once took a bite of a holly bush and I got quite ill.

      Let me know, thanks

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