Tulip parrots were one of the very first tulips I ever grew in our first garden, quite a few years ago now. That was in the days when we used to go to the Chelsea Flower Show where my favourite part was the huge, old tent where all the growers displayed their various speciality plants. We don't go any more because of the terrible crowds, but it used to be the most remarkable and useful place to see beautiful tulips (and all sorts of bulbs, iris, peonies, roses and spectacular fruit and veg) and to plan our dream garden.
Well, we are still dreaming, but ever since those glorious displays convinced me to make lists of tulips seen and admired, and then to grow them, we have had parrot tulips in the garden every spring. I love all parrots, but this year chose 'Blue Parrot' (the least curly and bizarre of the lot, not actually blue but a lovely lilac, late, and very strong) and these, 'Apricot Parrot' which have quite magical colouring, changing from the palest peachy apricot with limey streaks to a rich mix of salmon, coral, rose, primrose, and emerald as they open up and turn into enormous twirling, swirling beauties.
I don't have many things with tulips on them (eg fabrics, pictures, textiles) but I have just bought a couple of Susie Cooper 'Parrot Tulip' plates for next to nothing on eBay, liking the pattern and design. Phoebe baked banana bread from Rachel Allen's Bake but instead of making a single loaf, she made little heart-shaped cakes in a silicone mould (first time we'd used one - very impressed).
Like the parrot tulips, they were good while they lasted, which wasn't very long at all.
[The new book we have is British Baking which looks fabulous - beautiful photography - but the first thing Phoebe tried at the weekend, honeycomb (aka cinder toffee), was a sticky disaster. We are hoping for better results next time.]