I’ve really loved looking at my favourite flower, the Tulip, this month & I’m really pleased with how the flowers are looking. After dedicating my time to drawing last month to create a new product – charity postcards in my etsy shop here – it’s been really nice to get back to making physical flowers.
As part of the project I am also looking into the stories behind the flowers each month so here goes with fun facts about Tulips…
- There are 75 wild species of the bulbous plant which is part of the lily valley
- There are many possibilities for where the word Tulip originated but it is believed it could be from the Persian del band – ‘Turban’ – which was applied because of the resemblance of the shape of the Tulip flower to that of a turban!
- Tulips are called lale in Turkish which when written in Arabic letters – ‘lale’ – has the same letters as Allah, which is why the flower became a holy symbol.
- It is thought that red tulips symbolize true love when gifted, purple represent loyalty & if you’re in the dog house white say I’m sorry.
- Tulips were once the most expensive flower… in the 1600’s ‘Tulip mania’ took place & bulbs were said to have costed 10 times more than a working man’s average salary in the Netherlands – I mean they are my favourites but…
- Tulip petals are edible & can be used in many recipes instead of onions – not sure my husband would be happy if petals popped up in his spag bol – & they can even be used to make wine – now this I could get on board with…
- The Netherlands are the biggest producer & exporter of Tulips, nearly 3 billion bulbs each year. At 1 point Tulips were their 4th biggest export after cheese, gin & herring!
- They are perfectly symmetrical in petal structure.
- It is the symbol for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation with a variety named after its founder James Parkinson.
- Tulips will bend & twist toward the light, even in a vase & can grow another inch even when cut.
As for making more Tulips these I will be able to share next week although I can tell you that they might have been inspired by a recent exploration of shibori & tie dye from the most recent We Make Collective box which you read about in my post here.
Have a great week peeps!