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Romance, Tradition and the Tulip

If you want to express your love or adoration away from the traditional rose this Valentine’s Day there are so many flowers to choose from with an array of meanings. With so much on offer you are sure to find your ideal bouquet. The beautiful tulip is just one of many flowers that show the depth of your affection but with a subtle twist. The tulip is one of the world’s most recognisable flowers and is generally thought to be symbolic of “perfect love”.

There is something very re-assuring about the tulip as a choice of flower for Valentine’s Day the beautiful bell shape is iconic and yet not overstated. They are not too romantic, not too garish or humble, they are a comfortable flower choice. That is not to say that they are boring, far from it! The tulip can be dramatic and it’s no wonder that its beauty has been praised throughout history.

Tulips and times past...

It’s believed that the tulip originated centuries ago from Turkey and was an iconic flower that held an important place in the art and culture of the time. It is thought that the word tulip comes from the Europeans who mistook the wearing of this flower in the Turkish turban as a tulip. Turban in Persian means tulip and so it’s thought this is how the flower got its name.
The Europeans and most specifically the Dutch loved the tulip and its popularity soared. The flowers thrived in the soil of the Low Countries and quickly became a status symbol. Prices for the tulip soared to dizzying heights where one tulip bulb could be sold for ten times the salary of a skilled craftsman. Needless to say the market did eventually crash but the popularity of the flower never dwindled. Even now the Netherlands is seen as the cultural home of the tulip despite its growth and cultivation around the world.

Tulips and their colors

Like so many flowers, the different colors of tulips have their own significance and importance. Red tulips are often associated with true love, while royalty is symbolized by the color purple. The meaning of yellow tulips has changed over time, once it represented hopeless love. Now the color yellow is meant to express the giver and perhaps the receiver a sense of cheerfulness and even sunshine!
White tulips are said to signify forgiveness or even a sense of worthiness. However, the beauty of the tulip is its variety, it is not a flower that can be bought in only one color. Variegated tulips, once among the most popular varieties due to their striking color patterns, represent beautiful eyes. What a wonderful sentiment to send to someone this coming Valentine’s Day.
With all of the different meanings of tulips, it's not surprising that their popularity continues to grow. The wide range of colors and varieties available allows them to be used for so many different events and occasions. It is not just the flower that can be given, the promise that comes with the beauty of a tulip bulb and all its historical significance is also a worthy gift.
Perhaps this Valentine’s Day the gift of a bunch of tulips, or a selection of bulbs in all their  variety is a unique way to show your love or adoration for those for whom you care. As one of the world's most cherished flowers, a gift of tulips is sure to gladden the saddest of hearts or bring even more joy to those in love, lust and longing.