Some Tulip Tidbits

By stadiumflowers on March 24, 2015 in Tulips. 0 Comments

thumbnailSpring is in the air! While it may be too early to see tulips in bloom along your front walkway or in our backyard garden beds, you don’t have to suffer from tulip deprivation because Stadium Flowers has many tulip arrangements from which you can choose.

Just for fun, we’re going to share some tulip tidbits with you before we talk about arrangements we carry.

Historically, tulips were associated with Turkey, but they really originated in Hungary. The delicate flowers wound up in Turkey after Suleman I’s conquests turned the land known as Hungary, into part of the Ottoman Empire. Tulips became quite popular as Turkish spring flowers. The Turks saw these lovely jewels as symbols of life and fertility.

Somehow, the tulip found its way through Western Europe. It subsequently appeared in The Netherlands around 1593, where Austrian Botanist Carolus Clusius, the founder and leader of the Leden Botanical Garden, planted the bulb. That began the legacy for which Holland is known – as one of the pre-eminent growers and exporters of cut tulips, garden center bulbs, and bulbs planted for forcing.

During the 1600’s, Holland became a hotbed of tulip mania. Tulips were prized to such an extent that farmers would trade livestock for tulip bulbs. When the tulip bubble burst because prices were so inflated, many Dutch families went bankrupt. During World War II, food shortages forced people to eat tulip flowers. They may be edible, but that doesn’t mean they taste very good. The flowers do, however, make a very tasty white wine.

The largest tulip grower in the United States is RoozenGaude, of Mount Vernon Washington. The Roozen family immigrated to the United States from Holland, and they’ve grown tulips here since the 1700s.

Tulips belong to the lily family. So do onions. Have you ever forgotten to buy an onion, only to realize your error when you’re in the middle of making the very dish you needed the onion for? Fear not. Go dig up a tulip bulb and use it in your recipe, just as you’d use an onion.

Capture the beauty of spring with a rare find – our Local Organic Tulips. These eco-friendly, sustainably grown flowers are grown right here in Washington state.

Local Organic Tulips

Local Organic Tulips

When you crave the feeling of spring, only the sight of quintessential spring bulbs can satisfy that seasonal hunger. We bring the quintessential essence of spring together with our “Dutch Bunch.” This bouquet starts with a modern-looking frosted glass vase. We add a combination of spring favorites and include some leafy branches, symbolizing the start of this fresh season.

Dutch Bunch

Dutch Bunch

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