Nature has a way…

April 17, 2009

Beautiful tulips growing wild in our garden in Reading, Berkshire, UK

Beautiful tulips growing in the garden in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom.

A shy yellow tulip opening up to a warm Spring morning in Berkshire.

A shy yellow tulip opening up to a warm Spring morning in Berkshire.

Isn’t it wonderful how nature has a way of letting us know what time it is?  It is amazing to me how God has masterfully crafted everything so perfectly and really thought of everything down to the very last detail!

I love tulips telling me that Spring is here. They are so accepting and perfectly stated no matter what the occasion. They are intelligent by design as they feel the sunlight and, like us, respond with openness to its warmth!

Their fame goes back to the 16th Century, after having arrived in Europe from its Persian and Turkish popular art and cultural roots.  The trademark “turban” appearance and dark inner “heart” expressly bloomed a tulip mania in the Netherlands that caused a market crash!

An early 16th Century Dutch catalog documented tulip bulbs that would produce the “Viceroy” tulip to be worth 3000 and 4200 florins based on the size.  To give you an idea of what that kind of worth that meant:  A skilled craftsman in 1637 earned approximately 300 florins annually!

As with roses, the colour of tulips carry meaning as well.  Red ~ Perfect Love, White ~ Forgiveness, Yellow ~ Joy, Purple ~ Royalty.

Tulips are simple and sweet, strong and decisive.  They are a gardener’s wonderment and a flower lover’s delight!

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