Flower of the Month - Tulip
Tulips are widely known and a much loved flower. They are one of the most quintessential spring flowers and cheers us up after the long winter months. Tulips are often seen in flower beds, fields, and gardens, as well as in table arrangements and bouquets. In fact, the vibrantly coloured blossoms are so symbolic of spring that they are one of the most popular flowers for seasonal wedding arrangements.
Most people thinks that tulips comes from Holland, but in reality they are traced back to the Ottoman Empire which is currently Turkey, although it was discovered even earlier in Central Asia. It was not until the 16th century when the tulip was brought to Holland where it became popular. The name "tulip" can be traced from the Persian word "delband" which means turban and plays on the shape of the flower.
Tulips have a wide variety of meanings, with each colour symbolising something different. In general, tulips are said to symbolise love and springs arrival. Red tulips represent true love, white tulips say "I'm sorry", and purple tulips symbolise royalty. Interestingly, a multi-coloured bouquet of the blossoms is said to be a compliment of the recipients eyes.
- There are over 150 species of tulips with over 3000 different varieties
- Tulips are part of the lily family
- Tulips only bloom for 3-7 days in the spring
- You can find tulips in almost any colour
- Tulips were once the most expensive flower, they were said to cost 10 times more than a working mans average salary in the Netherlands. Making them more valuable than some homes
- Their petals are edible and can be used in place of onions in many recipes
- If you cut tulips, they'll continue to grow in your vase for at least another inch
- Tulips will bend and twist to grow towards light, even in a vase!
When planting tulips
You should make sure your soil is nicely loose and preferably mixes with some organic matter if possible. It is a myth that the bulbs needs to be planted with the pointed end up although this helps. If you happen to plant them with the pointed end facing sideways of even upside down, the tulips will find its way up towards the sun so no need to worry. Plant the bulbs 5 inches apart and about 6 inches under ground level. And think about planting them in groups of 10-15 bulbs so the tulips looks impressive when blooming. Tulips are happy whether you plant them in full sun or in full shade, in garden or in smaller containers. Best time to plant your tulips are in October or November, before the round freezes. To make sure the tulips gets established and make roots in the ground.