My illustration for September is the Parrot Tulip. This was by far the most time consuming flower I’ve created to date. The petals are all twisty, crazy with color, and feathered on the ends. Regular tulips have an elegant beauty. They are statuesque, crisp, and precise. They are almost unreal. In Southern California, the only tulips I ever saw were indeed fake. In New England, they announce the arrival of spring every year. It is an amazing site.
Now the parrot tulips are different. Stripes and the feathery, curly petals originally occurred due to a virus. Nowadays the virus has been mostly eliminated but these cool adaptations are still bred. They look so different from the original it’s hard to imagine they are in the same genus.
illustration by me!