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Tulips are an interesting flower in that their transformation in form is a little like that of a lily. At the time they are cut in the fields, tulips are just a small, very tight bud at the end of a thick, but delicate stem. While still freshly cut and in the bud state, tulips can survive out of water for some time. But once their stems are re cut and placed in water, the stem gradually starts to grow in length and the flower buds grow bigger. The more it grows, the more the bud starts to show more colour and plumper it becomes. Eventually the flower bud becomes so large, the petals open up creating a cup shape and the stem bends over from the weight of the open flower.
Bouquet of Pink Budded Tulips
There is something aesthetically pleasing / artistic about a bunch of open tulips spilling out over a vase. Perhaps it is the smooth curves of the bent stems or the ratio of flower bloom to stem size. Following the tulip madness period in The Netherlands during the late 1630s, the Dutch artist Judith Leyster produced a book of paintings featuring tulips. At the time of the Dutch tulip madness, the price of tulip bulbs had skyrocketed to unbelievable heights and people often looked to paintings of tulips as a more affordable way to admire tulips. Around 300 years later there was a song written about tulips, ‘Tiptoe through the tulips’ which has been recorded by several musical artists throughout the 1900s.
Basket of Tulips
Tulips are a variety of flowers that are available in a variety of colours, including both bright and pastel shades. Some of the more popular colours requested in our flower shop are yellow, hot pink and purple. In recent times Parrot tulips, which are larger and feature frilled petals, are becoming more common in Melbourne flower shops.
Flower Bouquet featuring Tulips
Tulips are a variety of flowers that are available in a variety of colours, including both bright and pastel shades. Some of the more popular colours requested in our flower shop are yellow, hot pink and purple. There is also a very dark purple variety called Queen of the Night which is often requested because that colour is scarce among cut flowers. In recent times, a tulip variety known as Parrot tulips are becoming more common in Melbourne flower shops. Parrot tulips are larger than regular tulips and feature frilled petals.
Open Red Tulips in Vase
Boxed flower arrangements do not usually include tulips because of the change in structural growth. If tulips are required to be used in a boxed arrangement, the stem of the tulip could be propped up with a small stick. Tulips are best used in flower bouquets, either just on their own or arranged with other flowers. When creating a wedding bouquet which includes tulips, a florist has to consider the speed of which tulips grow in length. It is not uncommon to prepare a bridal posy on the eve of the wedding and realizing the next morning that the tulips have grown 1 - 2 inches.
Table Centerpiece Bunched Pastel Tulips in Glass Trough
Tulips are a very low maintenance cut flower and look great by themselves in a tall slender glass vase. If displaying tulips in a vase all that is required is to re-cut the stems, to suit the height of your vase, and regularly change the water every 2-3 days. The vase only requires a few inches of water as tulips are not overly thirsty flowers.