Saturday, August 1, 2009

Flower Of The Month

One of the most popular wedding flowers used throughout Winter and Spring is the Tulip. Tulips are actually one of the most popular cut flower varieties to be used worldwide, coming third after roses and chrysanthemums. It's not hard to see why, they are an extremely elegant flower and it makes them very versatile in bouquets and arrangements.
Tulips can be a bit fiddly to work with. They have a thick bendy stem, and from personal experience, when I am making a natural stem bridal bouquet, sometimes it is hard to fit my hands around the whole base of the stems. The other issue you face when using tulips, is that after they are cut, they keep on growing towards the light. A tulip can grow up to 20 centimetres from the time they are picked, to the end of their life span. So when you are using them in bouquets or arrangements with other flowers, you need to place them slightly lower than where you want them to sit because they will grow.
Once you know how to handle them, tulips are fantastic to work with. They like the colder weather, so even though they are available all year round, I will only work with them in the cooler months when I know they can withstand a wedding day. When it is too warm for them the flowers will blow completely open and the stems will droop over. It's not a good look for one of the most important days in your life so I won't risk it.
Flower: Tulip
Botanical Name: Tulipa
Origin: Turkey
Season: their natural season is late winter and spring, however they are grown all year round
Colour/s: white, cream, red, orange, yellow, pink, purple and lots of variegations
Meaning: perfect love (and depending on colour, fame or declaration of love)

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