A good of mine shared with me today that her favorite flower is tulips. They really are beautiful and so perfect for spring.
This time of year you can find towns across the country (and probably the world) celebrating the classic spring flower. In Holland (yes, that’s the real name of the town), Michigan their annual celebration of Dutch heritage and culture is a multi-generational event that has something for everyone. Three amazing parades, traditional Dutch Dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, Tulip City Tours and so much more!
In Skagit, Washington the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Fesitval (held each year from April 1-30) is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest. Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the tulips bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the festival. The tulips allow the town to share their corner of the world and helps to showcase Skagit Valley agriculture.
Teleflora tells us that tulips are originally from Persia and Turkey. Different tulip colors carry distinct meanings - yellow symbolize cheerful thoughts, white is for forgiveness, and purple represents royalty. Red tulips are the most special…meaning “perfect love.” The 11th wedding anniversary flower, it is said that the tulip’s velvety black center represents a lover’s heart, darkened by the heat of passion. Rivals the red rose as most romantic flower, doesn’t it? A tulip bouquet, of any color, represents elegance and grace. Just like YOU – our Modern Posh readers and clients.
Are you a gardener? Perhaps you would like to consider adding some bright colorful tulips to your garden this season. If so, you’ll need some tips. Never fear, Gardener’s Paradise is here! Tulips are classified with perennials but often need to be treated as annuals. Dig up your tulips once the foliage has died and store them in a cool dry area for replanting in the fall. Tulips need well drained soil. To improve drainage add sand and compost to your soil. Tulips enjoy full sun.
- Sandy soil is best to increase and flower in later years.
- Good drainage is essential.
- As a rule of thumb, the depth tulips should be planted is approximately 3x the length of the bulb.
- Tulips make excellent cut flowers and usually last about a week in a vase.
- Don’t forget to add a little sugar in the water to prolong the life of your bouquet.
With all the talk of spring, new season, warmer weather, bright colors, and outdoor play how fun is it to add some tulips to your spring decor, wardrobe, table decorations for a party, or landscape? Very modern. Very posh.