Among many awards, honors and gifts Paul McCartney has accepted over his distinguished career, the former Beatle can now add a personalized tulip to his collection.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) June 7, 2015
McCartney is currently in the midst of his European tour, stopping throughout the Netherlands for the weekend to play two sold-out concerts in Amsterdam. A press release states that before one of the concerts, McCartney was offered a tulip which was given the botanical name of Tulipa Paul McCartney. Grower Jack Uittenbogaard of Remarkable Tulips said, "It is personally a long-held wish to honour my musical hero with a Dutch tulip. Perhaps we plant in the garden of Paul McCartney his tulip this autumn."
The specifically crafted Tulipa Paul McCartney is a "red flower with a distinctive white border," which is "intended to bear a resemblance to the colours of McCartney's native Liverpool's most famous football team," notes NME.
It's taken a total of 20 years for the tulip to cultivate but the red and white flower will be available for purchase in limited amounts in 2016. Uittenbogaard drenched the plant with champagne and McCartney explained how pleased he was with the color choice--the red pigment representing love and the white standing or unlimited possibilities, notes Dutch News.
Great first night in Amsterdam. See you again tonight at the @ZiggoDome! #OutThere Photo by MJ Kim pic.twitter.com/Yv72n2QRFl — Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) June 8, 2015
Last month, the singer teamed up with and brought out the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl to perform a rocking rendition of the Beatles classic, "I Saw Her Standing There," during a London show. During the same set and for the first time ever, McCartney performed his 1980 track, "Temporary Secretary."