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Tulips

Background

There’s no better way to celebrate the new-year than with a bunch of tulips in hand, which is why we’ve selected these beautiful blooms for January! Tulips are cheerful, simple blooms that are perfect for just about any situation. But tulips aren’t just pretty to look at. Behind these bright bulbs is a storied history full of travel and adventures.

The birthplace of tulips is the Ottomon Empire, which is now known as the country Turkey. You might be thinking, Turkey?! But I thought tulips were Dutch! Indeed, the Dutch are famous for their love affair with tulips. That’s because by the 16th century, Holland was already importing the blooms. In fact, according to the country’s official website, the first “major book on tulips” was written in 1592. Apparently after author Carolus Clusius penned this exciting piece of tulip literature, people came and ransacked his garden, taking his precious tulips with them.

This flower fever became known as Tulip Mania – a time during the Dutch Golden Age where tulips created their very own economic bubble. The prices for tulips skyrocketed. They were even used as currency! However, like all economic bubbles, Tulip Mania burst. However, the beauty of the tulip luckily didn’t subside.

Tulips grow in a variety of places – including the US – but they still have Dutch ties. For instance, there’s an annual Tulip Festival in Noordoostpolder, Holland. In Kop van Noord-Holland, an area of North Holland, multiple colors of tulips grow wildly. While we at BloomsyBox can’t promise you tickets all the way to visit these Dutch attractions, we can bring a little tulip magic right to your door.

Colorful Meanings

Tulips come in a variety of gorgeous colors. Each color is said to represent something different, so one bouquet of tulips can express a multitude of sentiments. You can have fun saying how you feel by picking out and arranging different colored tulips. Check out the list below to find out which tulips suit you today.

Red Tulips

Any guesses for this one? If you thought “romantic love,” you’re correct. Like red roses, red tulips represent the kind of love you share with your life partner. Although red roses are lovely, veer away from the traditional “romantic” gift with a show-stopping bunch of red tulips.

Yellow Tulips

Sunny and vivacious, yellow tulips represent friendship. They also symbolize positivity and optimism. If you have a friend who’s been feeling low, know someone who’s going through a difficult time emotionally or physically, or just want to surprise a dear friend with something wonderful, yellow tulips are the way to go.

White Tulips

It happens to all of us: we hurt someone we love or vice versa. That’s where white tulips come in. White tulips represent both apologies and forgiveness. If you’ve committed a transgression against a loved one, white tulips are the perfect gesture. Likewise, if someone has been unkind to you, white tulips are an ideal way of saying, “I forgive you.”

Pink Tulips

Need a little happiness in your life? Say hello to gorgeous, silky pink tulips. No matter the context, pink tulips will boost your mood in any instant. Pink tulips are perfect for putting around the house, gifting to a friend, lover, or purchasing for yourself.

Arranging A Meaningful Bouquet

Single-variety tulips are gorgeous, but just imagine the joy that comes with colorful bouquet! Various colored tulips are not only stunning, they can convey several different emotions at once. Try this activity the next time you want to make a statement!

Flowers are the perfect way to put words into a tangible present. The next time you want to show someone how much they mean to you, say it with tulips. Here’s how.

1) Pick a “core feeling” for the base of your tulip arrangement. This should be the feeling you want to express the most to the recipient of the bouquet. Your choices are romance, friendship, forgiveness/apologies, or happiness. Then arrange 8 of whatever tulip corresponds with the core feeling you picked. So, let’s say you picked “romance,” select 8 red tulips. You can also use the number 10, or 12.

2) Next, pick a “secondary feeling.” This should be an emotion that is still strong, but secondary to the core feeling. Perhaps your lover is also a dear friend, but above all they’re your lover. Still, you value your sense of friendship with them. Yellow tulips are now your “secondary feeling” flower. Pick half of whatever amount of tulips you used for the “core feeling” color. So, if you used 8 red tulips for the “core feeling,” but your secondary feeling is friendship, select 4 yellow tulips. Intersperse the “secondary feeling” tulips with the “core feeling” blooms, blending the two colors together.

3) You’re now welcome to pick a third or forth feeling. Add 1-2 of each of the other feelings you plan to use to accent your bouquet. For instance, if you also wish the recipient of the bouquet happiness, add 1-2 pink tulips for good measure.

4) Bind the stems of the tulips with rubber bands. Be careful not to bind them too tight (you don’t want to destroy the stems)!

5) Get a piece of paper and a pen/marker. Precise measurements of the paper don’t matter, but it must be sizeable enough to be able to wrap around your tulip arrangement. See what we’re getting at here? This piece of paper will be the wrapping around your tulip bouquet. On the piece of paper, write a small (or lengthy!) note to the recipient of the bouquet. You can simply explain the meaning behind each tulip color, or pen a longer expression of your feelings. Just make sure you’re speaking from the heart.

6) Wrap your tulip bouquet with the note. Secure the wrapping around the stems with another rubber band or a small piece of Scotch tape.

7) Present your tulip bouquet to your special someone, and get ready for smiles and appreciation all around.

Bonus round: If you want to make this a group activity, go for it! Invite friends over for a tulip arranging party. Buy clusters of each color of tulips and lay them out for your guests. Include various colored and textured types of paper, plus fun pens and markers to write your notes on. Make sure to explain the activity clearly to everyone, then end the party having guests exchange personalized tulip arrangements.

Caring For Tulips

If you plan on placing your tulips immediately in a vase, make sure to trim the stems first. Additionally, be sure to snip away any leaves that might submerge in the water. Pick a vase that’s tall enough: you don’t want your tulips bending too far over the glass.

Tulips will do well in cold water, so make sure that’s the water you use is crisp and fresh. And of course, remember to feed your tulips with the complementary flower feed provided by BloomsyBox. Give the tulips some space from one another, so that they have room. Remember to provide more water as your tulips thirstily drink away. For best results, keep your tulips out of direct sunlight. However, as tulips look wonderful everywhere, there should be no lack of good spots for you to place you beautiful new tulip arrangement.

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