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Tulips, Tulips, Tulips!

The tulip has great strength as it pokes up from the sod
The strong green leaf surrounds the bud and acts as a facade

Then as the leaves spread open and the colored heads appear
The beauty of God’s planning often cause my eyes to tear

The jagged edge is lacy as it gently opens wide
And as it does…you will be blessed…by the beauty found inside…                                       ~ Linda Hogeland

Spring and tulips…tulips and spring…they simply go hand-in-hand. It has been said that the tulip is one of the world’s most easily recognized and loved flowers. The meanings of tulips coupled with the immediately identifiable shape of their colorful blooms make them a “comfortable” flower choice–like a worn-in pair of your favorite jeans or mom’s homemade peach pie. Tulips are not too elegant, not too romantic, not too big, not too small, or not too bright….these flowers…well, are just right. 

Originally from Persia and Turkey,
tulips were brought to Europe in the 16th century, where they got their common
name from the Turkish word for gauze (with which turbans were wrapped) –
reflecting the turban-like appearance of a tulip in full bloom.  By the
17th century, the popularity of tulips, particularly in the Netherlands, became
so great that the price of a single bulb soared to new heights, causing markets
to crash and putting into motion “tulip mania.” Wow!

Like many flowers, different colors of tulips also often carry
their own significance. Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love,
while purple symbolizes royalty. The meaning of yellow tulips has evolved
somewhat, from once representing hopeless love to now being a common expression
for cheerful thoughts and sunshine. White tulips are used to claim worthiness
or to send a message of forgiveness. Variegated tulips, once among the most
popular varieties due to their striking color patterns, represent beautiful
eyes.

Thank you, tulips!

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