|The tulip called 'Analita' takes center stage in this bouquet.|
Early morning, or when it's raining like it is now, 'Analita's flower petals are held close, like she's got a secret that might be revealed with enough coaxing. In closed petal format, she's as much red as white, but in a subtle way, the red applied like an afterthought or a careless smudge of lipstick.
|'Analita' is even more exciting when the sun comes out and her petals reveal their other side.|
|'Analita' fades to a pale pink with age.|
Analita is in the Fosteriana class of tulips, and was registered by a hybridizer from the Netherlands in 1952.
I am happy I chose to plant 50 bulbs of this variety, which I'd purchased from John Scheepers Bulbs in fall of 2012. They've been returning ever since they first bloomed in spring of 2013. If the flowers of 'Analita' aren't munched down by rabbits or deer, you'll get to see them transition with age, as if the red color bled into the white portion of the petal.
For a tulip with an individualistic simplicity that will come back at the same strength each year, give 'Analita' a try. She's been on the market for more than 60 years for a reason, after all.