The tulip

January 17, 2012

Bicolor tulips

This most elegant of flowers has, in its many forms, been cherished through the ages.

Its beauty prompted kings to dot their imperial gardens with thousands of bulbs. In the time of the Ottoman Empire, the tulip was revered above all other flowers; it was considered a symbol of abundance, nobility and privilege. And in early-1600s Europe, in the speculative frenzy known as the “Tulip Mania,” great fortunes were made – and sometimes, lost.

Bicolor tulips

Today tulips are grown on such a large scale that they can be found in every super-market and corner store. But such is its beauty that this mass-market approach has in no way belittled this striking flower’s appeal.

bi-color tulips

At least for me. Every January, tulips grace almost every room in the house with their colorful petals and graceful stems. They grant us the hope of spring and a ray of sunshine when we most need it… during the bleakest months of the year.

Here’s another iconic flower: The rose: a classic flower in a modern setting.

© 2011 Viviane Bauquet Farre Food & Style NY LLC

Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Kiri W. January 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

My dad considers himself an exiled Dutchman (he is not Dutch, he is German, but he has fallen in love with the Netherlands and studies the language). There are always tulips in our house, of course. It’s a gorgeous flower and I planted them in my garden when I was all but 5 years old :)


Viviane January 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

Kiri, Your father has very good taste… and so do you! I planted a few tupil bulbs in my garden last year for the first time. This year I’m going all out.


Liz January 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

Oh, my absolute favorite flower! I love that you fill your house with these in January…I will have to do the same. Gorgeous photos~


Viviane January 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

Thank you Liz!


Janet@FCTC January 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Beautiful photos Viviane! I’ve never been a huge Tulip fan but your photos may just change my mind. Those flowers are so striking.


Viviane January 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thank you so much Janet! As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder :)


Cucina49 January 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Tulips are my favorite flower–and those are particularly lovely!


Lori Lynn January 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I adore your flower posts Viviane. I went back at looked at your roses, and saw something I didn’t really take notice of last time.
Keep ‘em coming!


Deb January 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Your tulip photos are lovely! I almost purchased some vibrant electric yellow tulips at the market last week to include with my food photos, but thought better of it. They were so beautiful they would have become the star of my photos!


Steve @ the black peppercorn February 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Tulips are one of my favourite flowers and I am ready to see them anytime cause it means spring is here!


Angie@Angie's Recipes March 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

They are so pretty!


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