Here at Hamper World we try to add new gifts and flowers to our range on a regular basis. This includes amazing products we have come across, as well as some of our own favourites.
Our latest range of bouquets and flowers now includes tulips and, as we do with all our new comers, we wanted to share some interesting facts with you about these beautiful flowers.
3000 varieties of tulips
There are more than 150 species of tulips with over 3 000 different varieties. Depending on the shape of the flower, it is classified in 1 of 15 groups.
If you are travelling to the Netherlands, make sure to go and view all these varieties at the Keunkenhof.
Say it with colour
Tulips come in almost every colour imaginable, each with its own symbolic meaning.
Giving a person red tulips, for instance, shows true love. Whilst white tulips are normally used to say “I’m sorry”.
Orange is the color of happiness in the tulip world, whilst yellow is a common expression for cheerful thoughts and sunshine.
Not so Dutch
Whilst we all associate tulips with the Netherlands and wind mills, they are actually native to Central Asia and Turkey. They became popular when they reached the Netherlands, now the world’s largest commercial producer of tulips.
The Netherlands exports more than three billion of tulips annually, and they have been the most exported flower bulb for decades.
The period between 1634 to 1637, is known as Tulip Mania, during which tulips were the worlds most expensive flower. They say at this time, tulips in the Netherlands cost 10 times more than a working man’s average salary -making them more valuable than some of the homes people lived in.
Bending and Twisting
Buying a bouquet of tulips for a friend or family member? Make sure to tell them that, no matter whether they are in a vase or not, they will bend and twist towards the light.
You can also cut them and they will grow another few inches in the vase itself.