This week's flower in my vase is the aptly named Tulip Swan Wings.  Here it is before the heavy rains forced it to bow its pretty head.

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The fringed petals look beautiful against the leaves of the Japanese anemone.

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I love the smooth curve of the stem contrasting with the spiky frills.

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The BBC website has lots of information on tulips on its plant profiles pages within its gardening section.

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The National Collection of Tulips is at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

What's your favourite tulip?

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