Tulips – the way to bring color and joy in the darkest time


Tulips – the way to bring color and joy in the darkest time

During its long journey, tulip managed to adapt to every condition, becoming an obliging symbol. Offering beauty with its color and posture and signifying strength by its durability in nature’s harsh conditions, tulips decorate mountains, hills, and plains while inviting stories and legends. As tulips became widespread, they took root in Anatolian culture as well as the land, inspiring artists for generations. Featured in the tiles of the sultanate of rum and the delicate motifs of ottoman art, tulips are then welcomed by the masterful brushstrokes of European painters.

The interesting thing about tulips

Most of the structures built by the Seljuks, who ruled Anatolia between the 11th and 13th centuries, are adorned with tasteful tiles. The different interpretations of the tulip featured in the astonishing geometry and wonderful color spectrum of Seljuk art are a vivid sign of the flower’s presence in Anatolia during those times.

First and foremost, the tulip is the flower of this rich culture and land. The religious connotation plays a significant part in its importance. For instance, the Arabic spelling of the words “Allah”, “tulip”, and “crescent” have the same value, 66, in the Abjad numeral system. Another example is that it reads “crescent” once read backwards in Arabic, interpreted as the flower’s reflection. The fact that the tulip has only one flower on a single peduncle is also regarded as a symbol of the singularity of God.

The black spots inside the tulip led to its name “lover with a burning heart” and its association with love. This is interpreted as “bad romance” in Islamic mysticism. All these elements make the tulip stand out as the queen among flowers.

Interestingly, there has been an upsurge is the sales of classical style Tulip holders this year, so the scene is set for some spectacular designs. Apparently when the weather is bad consumers often turn to Tulips to cheer themselves up.  Let’s face it – this is a perfect time to fill your home with these beauties. 

Tulips - the way to bring color and joy in the darkest time

What do tulips symbolize?

Pink Tulips – a symbol of caring, attachment and good wishes. They would be appropriate for a friend or family member.

White Tulips – representing purity, innocence, forgiveness and respect, they would be a great flower for a wedding or to give with an apology.

The red tulip is the most romantic of all colors of tulips. In addition to roses, the red tulip is the most popular flower to a loved onehoa tulip.

Blue tulips are thought to symbolize tranquility and peace because of the blue color. When given to someone else, the flowers convey a message of trust and loyalty. In general, tulips are thought to send a message of perfect love, though red tulips are most strongly associated with the emotion.

Tulips - the way to bring color and joy in the darkest time

Some tips on how to look after your Tulips

  • When choosing a vase allow for the fact that the tulips will grow by a couple of centimetres.
  • Ensure that the vase is clean and fill it with cold tap water and cut flower food.
  • Make sure that there are no leaves hanging in the water. Remove the bottom leaves if necessary.
  • Cut 3 to 5cm off the stem.
  • Place the vase in a draught-free spot, as cool as possible. Do not place the tulips near fruit, since this will accelerate the ageing of the flowers.
  • Tulips are thirsty. Regularly check the water level in the vase and top up with cold tap water when necessary.
  • Trim drooping tulips again, wrap them in strong paper and leave them to drink their fill in the water for an hour. They will then be beautifully upright again.

Try pairing green and white Spring Green tulips with cream-colored Maureen tulips and your favorite brighter colors for a pretty and delicate bouquet or flowerbed. … Purples, ranging from near-magenta to blue-violet, can bring rich color to your table, wedding or garden. I wish that every spring and every day are as elegant and lovely as the tulip.

by Dr. Gül İrepoğlur




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