03 Jul2007


by Marketman


The variety of tulips in New York City in early May were simply spectacular! There was a time when I would have said one of my favorite flowers on the entire planet were French, long-stemmed ivory white tulips. For the longest time, I was partial to simpler flowers, single colors, elegant and sparse shapes. But one’s taste must indeed evolve, and recent trips to The Netherlands and the U.S. have exposed me to the most incredible selection of tulip blooms ever. So many seem to be the result of intentional hybridization…and while one might argue there is a whole lot of genetic engineering going on, some of the results are utterly stunning! I always found the whole “tulip bubble episode” several centuries ago fascinating…it was actually a topic of discussion at graduate business school, if you can imagine… the concept of escalating prices for limited commodities (bulbs) until you realize it is a bubble and when it bursts…all you have are bulbs… At any rate, I can’t tell you much more about these tulips, didn’t even catch their names, but they were all gorgeous…

White and green tulips with curled edges…


Burgundy and ivory parrot like tulips…


Pails filled with different hybrids…


Classic parrot tulips…




  1. Maria Clara says:

    My preference still the traditional old-fashioned tulips with smooth petals and monochromatic color. I do not like the hybrid ones.

    Jul 3, 2007 | 3:31 am


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  3. nunosapunso says:

    you should go to keukenhof in holland (relatively near amsterdam)from march to may , they plant 1 million bulbs by hand every year in this park. you will go tulip crazy there.

    Jul 3, 2007 | 3:56 am

  4. lojet says:

    I agree, especially when you see them in person in your own backyard.

    Jul 3, 2007 | 4:23 am

  5. Marketman says:

    nunosapunso, click here for posts on last year’s visit to keukenhof and keukenhof again then the bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam…

    Jul 3, 2007 | 7:09 am

  6. carina says:

    i love the yellow ones! :)

    Jul 3, 2007 | 9:35 am

  7. tulip says:

    My favorites are still the single colored and long stemmed tulips including a black tulip(or dark purple) but I also saw these spectacular varieties in Vegas months ago, really stunning no? Your pictures are really good but it’s really better when you get to see these beauties.I wonder when will it ever hit the local market.

    Jul 3, 2007 | 10:09 am

  8. Queen B says:

    Tulips are so beautiful! I just re-planted the one I bought from the tulip farm last year. The leaves are coming out now, hopefully it will flower come spring.

    Jul 3, 2007 | 10:22 am

  9. Jam says:

    Truly beautiful and amazing!!! I’m not actually a flower lover but after our visit in Keukonhof, i realized that flowers give life!=) I noticed na karamihan ng nagvisit sa park that time mga lolos and lolas?i was so touched, those flowers makes them feel relax, calm and happy… and so do i=)

    Jul 3, 2007 | 11:47 am

  10. CecileJ says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!! Tulips are my all time favorite flowers!Traditional or hybrid, they never fail to make me happy. Here in Manila they are expensive so mostly I just admire them and don’t buy. But when hubby buys them for me, then I am just in flower heaven!!!!

    Jul 3, 2007 | 2:11 pm

  11. Katrina says:

    This is one of my favorite flowers! And I particularly love the multicolored ones — just dazzling! I was never a minimalist, so “simple” and “sparse” are not my preferences. ;-) Many, many years ago, there was a tiny flower shop — more like a stall — inside one of the Ayala bus sheds. I couldn’t believe that little store in that location had gorgeous tulips. They even had a bright purple & blue one! I’ve never found that color of tulip here again, and the shop closed over 10 years ago.

    Jul 3, 2007 | 10:53 pm

  12. corrine says:

    They grow on roadsides in the Netherlands, Sweden like weeds. And you see plenty in parks. What a beautiful sight! I’ve never seen ones with curled edges though. bella, bella!

    Jul 3, 2007 | 11:24 pm

  13. Cherrie says:

    I prefer the traditional tulips not the fancy ones. Tulips are my favourite flowers… They are lovely.

    Jul 29, 2007 | 4:00 am

  14. iane says:

    juz wanna ask if how much the tulips?? 3 pcs

    Oct 18, 2007 | 1:21 pm

  15. Marketman says:

    iane, tulips can range from a few cents to several dollars a piece. In Manila, I suspect basic tulips run PHP100 a piece or so…maybe more.

    Oct 18, 2007 | 1:26 pm

  16. Benguetfarmer says:

    I received a pieceful number of Tulips bulb but I do not know the technology on how to plant. I heard they must be placed in a refrigerator first for 60 days. Could somebody help me?

    Dec 4, 2007 | 8:19 am

  17. Marketman says:

    Benguet farmer, I have seen tulips raised in pots in Manila, raised in cooler locations like Baguio. But I suspect they bloom once and that is it becuase the bulbs do need to hibernate. And yes, in the fridge might work. But I still think they thrive best in locals with a real winter. I have successfully grown gladiolas, narcissus, etc. from other bulbs, but I have never grown tulips myself…

    Dec 4, 2007 | 9:20 am


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