Most people believe tulips originated from Holland. While it's true they are the largest producer of tulips in the world today, Turkish traders introduced the tulip to the Dutch in the 1600's. In Turkey, the tulip was considered to be a symbol of heaven on earth--and once tulips arrived in Holland, the meaning evolved into a reminder of how brief life can be. During the 17th century, tulips became so coveted that stealing tulips resulted in harsh penalties. In later centuries, the tulip became known as a symbol of love, although different colors of tulips carry different meanings.
For example, a yellow tulip can symbolize unrequited love, while red tulips represent passion and perfect love. Purple tulips are symbolic of prosperity, royalty, and nobility (especially important during the Victorian era--think Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet and Emma Woodhouse) and pink tulips are usually linked to love and affection. White or cream tulips are often used for sympathy bouquets and can represent innocence, forgiveness, and starting anew. Random fact: did you know the tulip is the official flower for the 11th wedding anniversary?
Whether you have an anniversary or special event coming up, or want to show your Mom or Grandma some love on Mother's Day, the flower market is currently full of Spring tulips! Please let us know if you would like a custom bouquet and make sure to request your favorite color of tulips depending on the message you are wanting to send to your loved one or friend.