The Gathering, Pink Tulips in Light 40×60
Tulips or Food?
Tulips have a very interesting history. According to the Language of Flowers, in classical times a young man would declare his love and affection with the presentation of tulips to the woman of his admiration. In Holland in 1634, if your sweetheart gave you a certain variety of tulip bulb, you might have been $2,500 richer. It was the height of “Tulipmania” when enthusiasm over bulbs reached fever pitch and often times sold for more per pound than precious metal. Dutch citizens became rich and interests spurred the breeding of striped and feathered varieties. By 1637 the market toppled, and the result was economic depression and hunger. You see, some farmers, hoping for a quick fortune, had begun growing tulips instead of food (ironically, the bulbs are edible). Fast forward to modern times. You don’t have to choose between food or tulips. You can dress your dinner table with a beautiful, eloquent bouquet. They will bow gracefully, open fully and glow in the waning light of a sunset, and because they are not scented, they won’t interfere with the delectable aroma of your carefully prepared meal. The perfect table is set. Tulips AND food.