The grip of winter isn’t so fierce anymore, and you’re seeing days of sunshine and spring rain showers instead of thick wintry clouds and snowfall. One of the first flowers you’ll see at Rose Hill Flowers, is the tulip, which often appears even before the official arrival of spring in the United States.
Do You Know Your Tulips?
Imagine you’re in Holland looking at a giant field of tulips under the bright blue sky. A windmill sits perched nearby, completing the classic picture. Did you imagine a field of pink tulips? Maybe you thought of a field of sunny yellow tulips or a field flush with violet tulips.
Clouds of Spring
While you might think of Holland first when you think of tulips, did you know that tulips originally came from Turkey? In the 1500s, Turkey was known as the Ottoman Empire, and imported tulips became so popular in Holland that they became an instant and permanent part of Dutch culture. Tulips began to appear everywhere in Europe from paintings and art to decorations in the opulent hats of the age.
Over the centuries, cultivators have been busy creating new species of tulips, and the natural world has also gifted us with many unique tulips. In the wild and the hands of horticulturalists, around 150 species of tulips have been discovered or created. That’s over 3,000 varieties of tulips around the world that we get to enjoy.
When to Gift Tulips
Today, tulips are an ideal flower for every occasion, even if they’re delivered “just because” to brighten your significant other’s day. Tulips are one of the best flowers to mix colors, too, so if you can’t decide what color to choose, just choose them all!
If you’re planning a spring wedding, tulips are also a perfect way to accommodate a ceremony that’s a little elegant yet casual. When you think of tulips, the word “fun” should appear in your mind, which makes them perfect for a light and fanciful spring wedding.
Tulips also pair wonderfully with Easter decorations. While the kids color their eggs, you can choose some Easter-hued tulips to match. A simple vase of elegant tulips is also a beautiful way to dress up your spring brunch.
Versatile, colorful, and sure to enliven anyone’s day, think about a friendly vase of tulips the next time you have a gift to give, a party to decorate, or a holiday to celebrate.