Tulips (Tulipa) are a genus of spring-blooming perennial herbaceous bulbiferous geophytes (having bulbs as storage organs). There are over 150 species of tulips with over 3000 different varieties. They are popular throughout the world, both as ornamental garden plants and as cut flowers. The flowers are usually large, showy and brightly coloured, generally red, pink, yellow, or white (usually in warm colours). They often have a different coloured blotch at the base of the tepals (petals and sepals, collectively), internally. Because of a degree of variability within the populations, and a long history of cultivation, classification has been complex and controversial. The tulip is a member of the lily family, Liliaceae.
'First Tulip' by Lotte Grønkjær
The name "tulip" is thought to be derived from a Persian word for turban (a headdress, consisting of a long length of cotton or silk wound around a cap or the head), which it may have been thought to resemble by those who discovered it. Tulips originally were found in a band stretching from Southern Europe to Central Asia, but since the 17th-century became widely naturalized and cultivated. In their natural state they are adapted to steppes and mountainous areas with temperate climates. Flowering in the spring, they become dormant in the summer once the flowers and leaves die back, emerging above ground as a shoot from the underground bulb in early spring.
As a flower that looks weak on the outside but strong on the inside, assertive but equally gentle and graceful it symbolizes to some eternal life, because this flower blooms in spring, the season of colourful new life, chase away the cold of winter.
'colour growing' by Udo Dittmann
The Tale of Tulips – A Perfect Love
Like many other flowers, tulips have strong meanings attached to them. Commonly, tulips are a symbol of deep and ‘perfect love’ this is tied to Turkish and Persian folk-tales about the love between Farhad and Shirin. There are some variations of this tale over time.
As one story goes, Farhad was a prince who fell in love with a beautiful woman named Shirin. However, she died tragically, and her untimely death tore the prince to pieces. It’s said that in desperation, Farhad rode his horse off a cliff and red tulips sprouted where his blood touched the ground.
Another version of the story tells that Farhad was a stone cutter, and Shirin a princess. The king sent someone to convince Farhad that Shirin had died. Devastated, the stone cutter took his own life. Once the princess found out about it, she was equally distraught and took her own life to be with him in the afterlife. Red tulips are said to have started growing where their blood hit the ground as a symbol of their everlasting love for one another.
'The tulip' by Stanimira Shivacheva
Tulips are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. This is understood to mean being born again and starting over. Historically, it was believed that the Victorians often associated tulips with a sense of charity and working together to achieve a sense of greater good. It seems like a flower that appeals to many and can evoke strong emotions.
'Remains of the Day' by dawn
"Often we forget about making images of flowers less than perfect or those that have begun to wither and fade away. This tulip struck me as being far more interesting and sensuous at this stage of its life than it did in full bloom."
Tulips were frequently depicted in Dutch 17th century paintings, and have become associated with the Netherlands. Tulip mania was a time from about 1600 to about 1720 when contract prices for some bulbs of the fashionable tulip reached extraordinarily high levels. In this period tulips cost often 10 times more than a working man’s average salary or even as much as a large house. The major acceleration started in 1634 and then dramatically collapsed in February 1637. It is generally considered the first recorded speculative bubble or asset bubble in history. The term "tulip mania" is now often used metaphorically to refer to any large economic bubble when asset prices deviate from intrinsic values.
Tulip bulbs can be eaten, but it is certainly not common. Tulips belong to the same plant family as onions. Tulip petals are edible. The taste varies by variety and season. Be careful trying because some people are allergic to tulips. There have been reports of illness when eaten, depending on quantity. During the Dutch famine of 1944–45, tulip bulbs were eaten out of desperation.
Finally, to finish this story of another inspirational flow, a quote:
“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower.” ~ Marianne Williamson ~
Please enjoy my selection of some amazing tulip images found in our 1x image store. I encourage everyone to use the key words to explore a bit more the beauty of this modest flower.
'Kensaki Tulip' by Kazuhiro Shimoda
n/t by Gustav Davidsson
'Tulips' by Mandy Disher
'Tulips (II)' by Ellen van Deelen
'Flora' by Svetlana Melik-Nubarova
'Tulip' by François Possen
'Catching the Light' by Penny Myles
'Whisper' by Lydia Jacobs
'Tulips & vases' by Dennis Zhang
'Red Tulips' by Delphine Devos
'Tulips Irony' by Fadi Tarawneh
'Tulips' by Aneta Mrożek
'Tulips in Great Vancouver BC Canada' by Fred Zhang
'tulip story from another world' by Mihaela Gradinaru
'The Tudor Princess and the Tulip' by Nicole Wells
'Tulip' by Els Baltjes
'serpentines' by Udo Dittmann
'Flowering tulips' by Nel Talen
'The elegant tulip' by kahar lagaa
Lotte Grønkjær PRO
Thank you for the interesting article and all the beautiful tulips … and now it will soon be time for new tulips again :-)
awesome, beautiful collection of tulips
Beautiful collection! Congratulations!
Uwe Kobold PRO
A great article and wonderful collection of images, congratulations!
Dennis Zhang PRO
Great collection! Thanks you dear Yvette and Wicher.
All our pleasure, Dennis ;-)
Excelente selección de imágenes e interesante artículo informativo sobre los tulipanes, bellísima flor!!
Heidi Westum PRO
A very beautiful collection of lovely tulips.
Cicek Kiral CREW
This has been a gorgeous compilation of wonderful and inspiring images and information related to Tulips . Thank you Wicher and Yvette and congratulations to all photographers.
I'm glad you like this article, Cicek. An ode to a humble but beautiful flower.
Mandy Disher PRO
Thank you Wicher and Yvette for this article celebrating the beautiful tulip., beautiful collection and beautifully written, thank you!
Thanks for your fine compliment, dear Mandy !
Yanyan Gong PRO
Beautiful article and collection, thank you very much!
Lydia Jacobs CREW
Great article, beautiful selection. Thank you dear Yvette and Wicher.
Thank you, dear Lydia !
Vasil Nanev PRO
Stunning collection, I love it! Thank you!
Arnon Orbach CREW
Absolutely wonderful selection of flowers images that are a great treat and escapism these days. Thanks so much Yvette and Wicher for the learned article and the total presentation. True delight.
Many thanks, dear Arnon! FLowers always bring some comfort, especially in these hard times.
Glad this selection provides some comfort in these hostile and worrying times
Udo Dittmann PRO
Beautiful collection - thank you dear Yvette and Wicher
Miro Susta CREW
Very interesting article, supported by the most beautiful pictures of the Family of Tulips. Thank you Wicher for bringing this article and Yvette for the excellent editing and publishing it. By the way, in my garden at the moment the first Tulips are in bloom.
Thank you, Miro ... Yes, tulips start to bloom everywhere. I love those flowers.
mostly the real artists, those photographers with all their creativity...
Anita Singh PRO
Such a beautiful collection
Thierry Dufour PRO
Really wonderful, thank you very much for this splendid images !!!
you'r welcome :)
Dear Wicher, this is such a fine and most interesting article/study about tulips. Great choice of images too. Congratulations to you and to all the selected authors. Cheers, Yvette
thx, as always my endeavor is to contribute to this wonderful community...
Great article illustrated with a wonderful selection of photography. So inspiring!