Manufacturer: handmade local florist
A dizzying array of deep, robust color, the Hugs and Kisses bouquet contains one dozen tulips and one dozen iris, fresh from the fields. It's an always-impressive bouquet perfect for a "dinner for two," a special someone's birthday, or anytime you want to make someone's heart race.
The Darwin Hybrid Tulips were created by crossing the Fosteriana Tulips with the old Darwin Tulips (now part of the Single Late Class). Along with the Single Late Tulips, Darwin Hybrids are the tallest tulips available. Darwin Hybrid Tulips are known for the HUGE size of their brilliantly coloured flowers. The blossoms are an almost perfect pyramid shaped when closed, but they can measure as much as 6" (15 cm) in diameter when fully opened. Because of their long stems, lovely pyramid shape, and brilliant colours, Darwin Hybrids are often considered the very best type of tulip to raise for cut flowers. However, there are definite advantages to growing them for beds and borders, especially in areas where they can be sheltered from strong winds. Unlike many types of tulip which only look well for the first couple of years, Darwin Hybrid Tulips will come back looking great year after year (provided you don't cut the leaves off after blooming). As a result, you will sometimes hear them called "perennial" tulips.
Red Parade Tulip Bulbs - Giant Darwin Tulip - Pack of 8 Bulbs
Parade is the Darwin Hybrid famous for pure, luscious red-orange. A group of these in the garden are always stunning, and always look 'good enough to eat.' Even though it's more red than orange, the bright red-orange glow of 'Parade' makes it a widely-planted favorite in Holland, where the Royal Family is 'The House of Orange.' About Darwin Hybrid Tulips: Early in the 20th Century, a talented Dutch hybridizer named Lefeber worked long and hard with a wild tulip called 'Tulipa fosteriana' from Central Asia. It is red, and from it, he hybridized the group that became known as the Emperor Tulips. The world-famous Red Emperor was introduced in 1931, and is what we now call a member of the 'Fosteriana Tulip' group. In fact, Red Emperor's official variety name is 'Madame Lefeber' in honor of the original hybridizer's wife. Even though the Red Emperor and other fosterianas were instant sensations, the hybridizers were not satisfied. They were fascinated by what were then called simply 'Darwin Tulips'. These were large-flowered tulips in clear colors on tall stems, but without any perennial qualities. The Emperors, being close to a wild species, were quite perennial, so they crossed the two groups. And voila! Darwin Hybrid Tulips were born, with the best qualities of both groups. Ever since, the Darwin Hybrids have set the standards worldwide for tall graceful, large flowered perennial tulips. Apeldoorn, the famous red tulip that is now No. 1 in the US, was introduced in 1951 by D. W. Lefeber and Company. There are not many Darwin Hybrids, even today. But they are every good gardener's favorites and always highly valued by florists. In America's Top Ten list for popularity in the US, compiled by the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Centre, they list no less than three Darwin Hybrids, more than from any other group.
Manufacturer: Madelaine Chocolate Novelties
Brand: Madelaine Chocolate Company
Tulips are semi-solid highly molded milk chocolate tulips covered in colorful life-like foils (yellow, pink, white, red with white, orange with yellow, purple). Each tulip is 3/4 ounce of delicious premium chocolate and arrive on a 14 inch stem. Sold as a bouquet wrapped in wax florist paper, bouquet sleeve, and matching ribbon.