A tulip or two, don’t mind if I do!

by Su Whale on February 25, 2010

Susan Whale
Incredibly, Valentine ’s Day has already been and gone.

It was a quieter one for us than normal at the shop, mainly due to the fact that it fell on a Sunday, so our deliveries and workload was spread out over two days….

This made everything a little less hectic, it was quite nice actually. Next year though, with Valentines falling on a Monday, it will be a whole different story.

White tulipAnd yes – I got flowers! A lovely scented spring hand-tied of pink hyacinths and pink and white tulips, which are still going strong.

I love tulips, they are one of my favourite spring flowers, and I know that at lot of our customers are very fond of them too. One of the questions we get asked a lot at the shop is how to stop them from ‘moving’ around the vase.

Well, the simple answer is that you can’t, as tulips are what is known as phototropic, which means that they track light around a room, which I think is something to be enjoyed rather than prevented. They are also one of the very few flowers which continue to grow after being cut, up to 1” a day, something to consider if you want to use them in an arrangement.

There is an old wives tale about piercing the neck of a tulip with a pin to stop it from drooping, but you’ll probably find that it won’t make any difference, neither will putting a copper coin or bleach in the Beautiful coloured tulipswater.

To get the best out of your tulips, stand them in a cool spot (remember the lady with the flowers on top of the telly!) re-cut the stems daily, because as they grow in the vase they are liable to become top heavy, refresh the water and add flower food.

The tulips you see at the florists at the moment are more than likely from Holland, although we are very good at growing our own, so keep an eye out for British grown tulips, the majority of which come from Lincolnshire. This is a far cry from their place of origin; tulips are native to Turkey, the Middle East and parts of Asia. Their name originates from an archaic Persian word, ‘dulband’ meaning turban, which is of course a reference to their shape.

Bunch of white tulipsTulips aside, it’s Mother’s Day which is now occupying our time at work, getting the prep done in readiness in between making up orders and serving customers.

Mother’s Day is a great weekend, busy, but lovely, as we see so many families who come in to choose flowers for mum and we are able to send and receive orders from all over the world.

Yes, even in this age of technology where you can be in touch with someone at the press of a button, you still can’t beat having flowers delivered to your mum when you can’t be there yourself because you’re on the other side of the world.


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