I have only recently come to appreciate the beauty of tulips – so often they are sold in supermarkets and garages and they look so dowdy, but take a tulip individually and look at it carefully, you will see so many other things, the wings of doves, the beak of a bird – nature is surely a beautiful creator.
The tulip is a classic flower of love, although it was considered more of a symbol for charity by the Victorians. The Turkish people who originally bred the flower considered it a symbol of paradise on earth, making it a part of many religious and secular poems and art pieces. While the Ottoman empire planted the bulbs to remind them of heaven and eternal life, the Dutch that popularized the flower considered it a reminder of how brief life can be instead. The link to love and passion developed primarily in the 20th and 21st centuries, but that doesn’t detract from the strength of the symbolism behind this flower.
tulips from my garden