Last week, I visited florist Neill Strain‘s amazing ‘Tulipmania’ festival which is taking place at his shop, The Flower Lounge, in Belgravia in London.
And what a truly lovely way to celebrate the start of spring…
For tulip-lovers this really is an event not to be missed. I’ve never seen so many different types of tulips in one florist shop at one time…more than 2,000 stems and 40 varieties.
And the way they were arranged reminded me of prized pieces on display in an art gallery.
It was lovely to meet Neill and I asked him why he decided to put on the festival. He said:
“Tulips are one of my favourite flowers and following a trip to the tulip fields in Holland last year, I wanted to bring that experience, combined with high design, to my clients in London.
I have been overwhelmed by the response to ‘Tulipmania’. The reaction from our clients has been one of amazement and astonishment, with people not even recognising some varieties as being tulips.
I myself have been amazed and inspired by our selection of over forty different varieties – it’s incredible to think that most of them were twenty years in the making.
I feel very grateful for the dedication of the breeders and growers in Holland for bringing us such beauty”.
I met Loek van Eeden, one of Holland’s most reputed tulip growers, who explained to me how the different varieties of tulips are created and grown.
Every type of tulip was there…single, double, parrot, lily-flowered, peony, fringed and French.
And here are some images from my visit…
This is a rare occasion to see tulips at their very best and includes some varieties that have never been seen in the UK before. So do pop along if you’re in London before Easter.
Tulipmania is taking place at Neill’s shop until Saturday, 7th April. The address is 11 West Halkin Street, London, SW1X 8JL and the nearest tube stations are Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner.
P.S. Did you know that tulips will continue to grow after being cut and that double tulips are defined as tulips that have more than six petals?
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)