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I began this work of art with a photograph of tulips. They were just past their prim and I had meant to take some photos the day before but became too busy. While I do enjoy photographs of flowers just starting to droop and wilt I wanted to do a bit more with this photograph. I hope you enjoy what you see :)
The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which up to 109 species have been described. The tulip belongs to the family Liliaceae which is not a surprise when viewing these beautiful flowers. The genus's native range extends from as far west as Southern Europe, Anatolia (Turkey), Israel,Palestine,North Africa, and Iran to the Northwest of China. A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or to display as fresh-cut flowers. Most cultivars of tulip are derived from Tulipa gesneriana. Depending on the species, tulip plants can grow as short as 4 inches or as high as 28 inches . Most tulips produce only one flower per stem, but a few species bear multiple flowers. The showy, generally cup or star-shaped tulip flower has three petals and three sepals, which are often termed tepals because they are nearly identical. These six tepals are often marked on the interior surface near the bases with darker colorings. Tulip flowers come in a wide variety of colors, except pure blue.
Tulips are indigenous to mountainous areas with temperate climates and need a period of cool dormancy. They do well in climates with long, cool springs and dry summers. Although perennials, tulip bulbs are often imported to warm-winter areas of the world from cold-winter areas, and are planted in the fall to be treated as annuals.
February 13th, 2013
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