{caring + knowing your ingredients: tulips} / by TAKE ONE DAILY MEDIA

Each time I hold a tulip it reminds me of the meadows of tulips of my once college town of Seattle or Washington state to be more precise. I long for my trip to Holland to discover them in another light. Choosing the vessel for your tulips are important as well as pairing them with the right flowers and foliage so that when they bend forward they don't break. Tulips continue to grow even once cut, so keep that in mind also when putting them into your vessel.

When a tulip opens, its magical. Give them plenty of water and if properly cared for, once the tulip begins its slow process of opening, you'll receive nothing but admiration. Change the water on a daily basis. Help prolong these beauties and keep them out of direct sunlight and in a cool room. Nothing says spring without the sight of tulips.

Although different tulip colors carry distinct meanings - yellow tulips symbolizing cheerful thoughts, white conveying forgiveness and purple representing royalty - a Turkish legend may be responsible for the red tulip's symbolism. The story goes that a prince named Farhad was love struck by a maiden named Shirin.  When Farhad learned that Shirin had been killed, he was so overcome with grief that he killed himself - riding his horse over the edge of a cliff.  It's said that a scarlet tulip sprang up from each droplet of his blood, giving the red tulip the meaning "perfect love."

The 11th wedding anniversary flower, it's said that the tulip's velvety black center represents a lover's heart, darkened by the heat of passion. With the power to rival roses in their red variety and the sweet charm to express simple joy when yellow, it's no wonder that in addition to all its other symbolism, in the language of flowers, a tulip bouquet represents elegance and grace.

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