Gauze and tulips

The origin of tulip is said to be from the Turkish word tulbent - meaning muslin or gauze.

Florists, mindful of sales, may suggest that the tulip's black velvety black centre represents a lover's heart, darkened by passion...

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"You don’t realise of course, E.B., how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness."

Richard Burton, letter to Elizabeth Taylor