Most of us prefer tulips in a vase when they are closed or just partly open, rather than splayed outwards, wide open, just before the petals fall.
Tulips are one of our most popular spring flowering bulbs. Colette wrote about how to revive a cut tulip that is drooping.
Amy Stewart has written a fascinating book called Wicked Plants.
The Dutch flower paintings of the 17th Century reflected beauty, over scientific accuracy. Learn more about the Dutch, flower painting business...
When perusing for spring bulbs this fall, consider choosing flowers that are star shaped.
If you're ever in Holland, be sure to make a special visit to Amsterdam's famous Flower Market.