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Tulips: Care & Inspiration Guide

Tulips are the must have flower for spring. This beautiful flower comes in a remarkable range of colours and styles, with different shapes and styles creating diverse and bright bouquets perfect for any occasion.

Commonly known as the tulip, its botanical name is ‘Tulipa’. The bulb can be planted from October to November ready to bloom early in the year, which is why it has become such an iconic symbol for spring. From a simple wrap of spring stems in bright colours, to the pastel hues of this delicate yet robust flower, whichever way you want to display the tulip it’s the perfect flower to symbolise the end of a long hard winter, and the beginning of lighter and warming spring evenings.

Where do tulips come from?

When you think of tulips, your first thought may jump to Amsterdam. But if you trace their history, it’s clear that they have a steeped history ranging around the world. It’s a little known fact that tulips are native to Central Asia and Turkey, with cultivation of the flower starting in the 10th century.

Tulips of Amsterdam

The flower arrived in the Netherlands in the early 1600s, and that is where they found their forever home. At this time, a period known as ‘Tulip Mania’ broke out with prices for bulbs that were arriving into the area were reaching unprecedented high levels before suddenly collapsing.

What do tulips signify?

A bouquet of tulips is said to signify perfect love. But, as with any flower the different colour flowers have individual meanings. A red tulip conjures a feeling of true love, whilst purple is said to have royal connotations. Yellow tulips bring cheer and sunshine into the recipients life, and white tulips mean forgiveness.

To many people, a colourful bouquet of tulips symbolises the end of the cold, dark winter and the welcoming of lighter evenings, warmer days with the world blooming into the colours of spring. This delicate yet robust flower creates the perfect gift for any occasion, bringing a riot of colour into the home.