I used to be very much a ‘nay’. I thought they looked grotesque, diseased and over-the-top. The floral equivalent of excessively curly gilded carvings.
But these rather lovely ‘Rococco’ tulips are making me change my mind. See, what happens is that my employers go to Chelsea and get seduced by the tulip stands and every year there is a surprise package of tulips and other bulbs for me to play with. And so I get to plant tulips I’d never have chosen myself.
Like this ‘Black Parrot’. And I’m being won over by their slightly gothic extravagance. Furthermore I think I may have been being a snob. Mind you, I still think they are an acquired taste and would really be out of place in a lot of gardens.
What do you think?