A new year, a new beginning. The tulip is ideal for welcoming in the new year with its brilliant colours and varied appearance.
The ever-cheerful tulip comes in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green or with multicoloured petals. The tulip’s shapes are also a feast for the eye. You can get them with a single or double row of petals, whilst there are also eye-catching fringed and parrot tulips with serrated petals, and there’s the playful lily-flowered tulip. Peony tulips look like peonies, and French tulips are exceptionally tall and have very large flowers.
Caring for Tulips
With these care tips you can expect to enjoy your tulips for 5 to 12 days:
• Select a clean vase that’s tall enough: tulips will continue growing a few centimetres.
• Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.
• Trim the stems diagonally with a clean and sharp knife or secateurs
• Use tap water at room temperature.
• Place the tulips in the vase for an hour wrapped in paper or film. The tulips will then suck up water and straighten up.
• Place the vase in a cool spot away from the fruit bowl and not in the sun.
• Tulips drink a lot, so regularly top the vase up with tap water.
The Language of Flowers
If you gave someone a tulip in the sixteenth century, you were giving them a fortune. In those days the flower was incredibly popular and a speculative trade in tulip bulbs developed. You could buy a whole canalside house in Amsterdam for the price of one tulip bulb in those days. A nice bunch of tulips now costs just a couple of pounds, but the symbolism has gained in value. If you give someone tulips, you’re giving them a message. Hence red tulips mean passionate love, and with black tulips, you’re saying: “I love you so much that I will sacrifice everything for you.” So you don’t give those to just anybody!
We will be sharing a video tutorial later in the week to show how to display tulips along with a beautiful selection of Spring flowers.
Photography credit: Funny How Flowers Do That!