Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tulips for Today's Flower


The Farmer’s Market in Manhattan’s Union Square had literally hundreds of thousands of potted and cut flowers. There were Pansies, Ranunculus, Primrose, Daffodils, Roses, and these Tulips. The tulip selection of colors and types was truly amazing. Another item at the market were cut branches for forcing. Surprisingly there wasn’t a lot of Forsythia branches. There was a good selection of Fruit Tree branches (mostly Peach) and Pussy Willows. Business was very brisk for the flower vendors and the nice spring day brought people out in droves.

For more information on Tulips try this link:
Flower Expert/Tulips

A few things that were interesting to me on that page:

“Tulips are one of the most popular spring flowers of all time, and the third most popular flowers world-wide next only to the Rose and Chrysanthemum."

“There are now over 3,000 different registered varieties of cultivated Tulips.”

“Tulips symbolize imagination, dreaminess, perfect lover, and a declaration of love.”

“Fresh out of onions? Use your Tulip bulbs instead! Tulip bulbs are a good replacement for onions in cooking.”

I was in Manhattan to pick up my D70 camera. It had been messing up for quite awhile. It needed a new shutter and some other things. Total price was $250, ouch. I do love this camera and it has taken some nice pictures over the several years that I have owned it. This is the place that repaired it:

They have three locations in NYC to drop off cameras. In the past they have always delivered good repair work and the D70 repair seems to be good. I used the D70 and the 60mm lens on the Tulip and statue picture. It is nice the D70 weighs about half of the D700. Much easier to keep steady.

The statue of George Washington is impressive to me and according to Wikipedia it is:

“modeled by Henry Kirke Brown and unveiled in 1856, the first public sculpture erected in New York since the equestrian statue of George III in 1770 and the first American equestrian sculpture cast in bronze.”
Wikipedia/Union Square

There is a picture of the statue from around 1870 on that page. Nice to see a 139 year older view.

Since it is Today’s Flower Day here is an interesting vine that was growing in the Alpine House at Wave Hill. It is called Bolivian Nasturtium even though it is from Chile.

Tropaeolum tricolor
Synonym: Tropaeolum tricolorum, Three Colored Indian Cress

That color red gets me every time and the little yellow added a lot. It was growing in a pot and had a small trellis.
Rare / Tropaeolum

For more flowers from around the world check out
Today’s Flowers Home Page


RuneE said...

Tulips and daffodil means Easter to me, although tulips are more "all-purpose" here. Very nice flowers indeed.


Have to agree with RuneE! And tulips are a winner during spring! The second shot is gorgeous - and the last closeup of the red/yellow is so great!

Naturegirl said...

Interesting that a tulip bulb could substitute an onion!!The Bolivian Nasturtium is very pretty!
Tulips always speak of Spring!
Wishing you a colorful day!

Sherry said...

Oh, those tulips are lovely! And the tricolor vine is just gorgeous -- I love that color combination. Great photos.

Darla said...

What great photos here!!

Gill - That British Woman said...

what a lovely colour that tulip is...and the vine is so different.

Gill in Canada

Tarolino said...

That second shot of the tulips is great. Quite artistic I thought. But the flower in the last two shots looks interesting. Never seen it in real life but how beautiful buds and flowers it has got. Love the last close up.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Some people consider tulips their favourite flower. A friend's husband spares no expense to get bunches of them for her in January and February. I have no idea where he gets them here in Canada, though.

Denise said...

This is a great post, flowers are fantastic as is the one of the statue. I loved learning all that interesting information. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara said...

I love farmers market. Great captures of the tulips. Smiles B

Arija said...

I love all the Tulips cuddled up together in their protective shields.

guild-rez said...

Thank you for your beautiful flower pictures and the very interesting plant introduction of Tropaeolum tricolorum.
Lovely plant:)

Judy said...

I love that last photo, of the tropalaeum from below. An interesting angle, for an interesting flower! I also had never heard of it before!

Sara Chapman in Seattle said...

Chris, the tulips are so voluptuous looking. And thanks for the info! What a great page of photos. Come see my purple crocuses. Croci? I'm happy of what I can photograph with my little point and shoot. Next camera will have better depth of field and exposure control, for sure, but using a tiny camera that fits in a pocket is so addictive.

Shari said...

wow, those buds look great! they look like little candle flames.

and i adore tulips!!