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This year I added a new French Parrot tulip with long stems and an outrageously large flower head. In retrospect possibly too large for my windswept plot. From green buds unfurl brilliant orange blooms. The feathered flowers have hints of pink and green brushed along the petals. The finished article combines tomato red, a sweet pink flame and an apricot-yellow edge.
There is a non-parrot type with the same colouring, but with a neat goblet-shaped head which seems eminently more acceptable.
Named in 1966 after the Southern French city of Avignon where the pope had his palace in the Middle Ages and also famous for its ruined bridge.
“Sur le Pont d’Avignon,
On y danse, On y danse.
Sur le Pont d’Avignon,
On y danse tous en rond.”
I have to say I am not overly fond of this tulip, and I never thought I would say that about a tulip!