Paper, wood, ivory, china: the best gift for an anniversary is one that requires water, a vase, and a sweet card from you. While cut flowers may not last, tell your spouse that your love always will with the lovely and elegant, cream-colored tulip. In the language of flowers, tulips are symbolic of a variety of things. The ivory shade of tulip sends the message “I will love you forever” and will look amazing in a vase made of wood, glass, china or any other material you may have picked up from a past anniversary. Even though they come every year, make this year’s anniversary one of beauty and grace with fresh cut tulips from your local florist.
Native to the Middle East, tulips were first cultivated by the Turks and highly prized for their variety and color. From the courtyards of sultans, these bulb-grown plants traveled the silk roads into Europe in the 17th century where they caused quite a stir. Everyone went crazy for tulips and as botanists began to hybridize new varieties, the bulbs began to sell for outrageously high prices. Coinciding with the birth of the first formal stock market, trade in tulip bulbs lead to a “Tulipmania” in the Netherlands with people buying up bulbs as fast as possible. With over-production and a corresponding drop in prices, the bursting of the tulip bubble caused many bankruptcies and shifts of wealth in the region amongst those who had invested heavily. Fortunately for you, these stems can be had for a mere pittance these days. Expect to part with less than $15 for a full bunch from your local florist.
Red, yellow, white, purple, stripped and even black are possible colors for tulips and many like to mike and match the different hues for wedding bouquets and classy arrangements. For an anniversary gift, forgo the rainbow of colors and chose a large bunch of cream-colored tulips tied up with brown paper and a silver ribbon or arranged in a vase of your choice. The solid color not only conveys the message of eternal love and devotion, but also adds a stylish and graceful look to any room with the clean lines of the stem and nodding heads of the blooms. With or without greens, tulips look great in a bouquet or vase and mix well with spring daffodils, lovely lilies or sunny gerber daisies.
As the years go by, flowers fade and memories soften, but everyone goes a little crazy for tulips. Surprise your spouse this year with a little bit of Tulipmania.