June 7, 2011
'Bright Parrot' and 'Salmon Parrot' Tulips
Parrot tulips are some of the showiest of bulbs. These first three photos show 'Bright Parrot' and were taken at my dad's garden in mid-April.
This fiery red and yellow flower is a bold way to celebrate spring.
'Bright Parrot' is a mid- to late-spring bloomer and its height is 12 to 24 inches. Unfortunately, parrot-type tulips do not return well year after year, so you have to plant fresh bulbs each fall to get a great show each spring.
These next photos show the bloom progression of 'Salmon Parrot' tulips in my front yard.
The blooms start out with plenty of cream and soft, warm salmon.
The colors intensify as the bloom ages.
This bulb blooms mid-season and tops out at about 20 inches tall.
The salmon, cream and green flames are so pretty together . . . and then the salmon changes to a true pink.
Here you can see the color starting to cool off.
Eventually the blooms are cream, green and pure, cool pink with not a hint of salmon left.
Quite a show, eh?