Spring Bulbs

Spring Bulbs

When people think of Spring, three bulb flowers come to mind: tulips, hyacinth, and daffodils. Everyone knows how they grow, how to plant them, and so forth – thank goodness for care tags!

So here are snippets of trivia about each flower instead that you may not have known: Tulips are native to… Turkey! Yes, NOT the Netherlands. But, back in the 1630’s, the mania for possessing a priceless bulb imported from Turkey reached a frenzied high – SO high, mariners were trading their ships for one bulb. The bubble burst in 1637, leaving many families homeless and penniless, eating tulip bulbs they’d traded their livelihoods for. On a lighter note, the tulip
symbolizes deep and enduring love. Give your loved ones tulips!

Hyacinth are a native of the Mediterranean region, which makes sense considering the most famous myth concerning hyacinth is the Greek youth Hyacinth whose great beauty attracted the god Apollo. Apollo accidentally killed  Hyacinth while teaching him to throw the discus, and the youth’s blood on the ground caused flowers to spring up. Yellow hyacinths are linked to jealousy, purple flowers mean you're seeking forgiveness, and blue hyacinths are tied to sincere care.

Daffodils are the national flower of Wales, but they’re native to Northern Africa, China, Afghanistan, Europe, and Japan. The Welsh national holiday, St. Daffyd’s/Dewi Sant Day (St. David’s Day) is celebrated March 1st , and the citizens wear one or both of Wales’s vegetative symbols – daffodils or leeks. As for symbolism, daffodils stand for rebirth and new beginnings, being one of the first to bloom after the dead of winter.

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