Tip Toe Through the Tulips – Styling 101

| May 13, 2013 | 6 Comments

Tulips are not only a sign of Spring, but they have a special place in Ottawa’s heart. The Tulip Festival is on now in the Nation’s Capital and they’re beautiful. Rows and rows of different colours and types of tulips grace the flower beds and draw crowds from all over the world!

Every spring, Ottawa-Gatineau comes alive with a dazzling display of colourful tulips. Close to one million of the flowers bloom in parks and gardens across the Capital Region. The tulips are part of a tradition that dates back to the Second World War, and are a symbol of the enduring friendship between Canada and the Netherlands.

When the Netherlands was invaded during the Second World War, Dutch Princess Juliana and her family were forced to flee. Juliana and her two young daughters set sail for Canada, an allied country and safe haven far from the conflict.

In 1943, the bond between Canada and the Netherlands was made even stronger, when the Princess’ third child, Margriet, was born at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa.

In the occupied Netherlands, the Dutch people experienced hardship, oppression and starvation. In 1945, their ordeal came to an end as the Allies advanced across the country. Canadians played a significant role in the liberation of the Netherlands, an accomplishment for which the Dutch still remember us today.

After the war, the Dutch people and Princess Juliana expressed their thanks to Canada by sending thousands of tulip bulbs to the Capital. The Gift of Tulips became a yearly tradition. Every year, the Dutch Royal Family and the people of the Netherlands each send 10,000 bulbs to Ottawa.

The Gift is planted in two flower beds in Ottawa. One bed, at the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, pays tribute to the birth of Princess Margriet. The other is the Queen Juliana Gift Bed in Commissioners Park. The tulips planted in these beds are in shades of pink and purple – Juliana’s favourite colours.

 

Tip Toe Through the Tulips – Styling 101

 

Tip Toe Through the Tulips - Styling 101

Colourful tulips

 

This is a picture of my oldest son when he was about 8 months old. Muah!!

 

Tip Toe Through the Tulips - Styling 101

Carter at 8.5 months at the Tulip Festival

 

Tulips are one of my favourite flowers to use in my home. Not only are they beautiful, inexpensive, come in tons of colours, but they also last longer than many other flowers. Here are a few ideas on how to add style to your home using tulips.

Try using a short dish to display just the petals:

 

Tip Toe Through the Tulips - Styling 101

Pink tulips in a vase

 

Sticking to one colour creates cohesion in the space. This tulip vase is from Pottery Barn. Love it! Not only do I use it for tulips but it works all year-long for various seasons.

 

Tip Toe Through the Tulips - Styling 101

Orange tulips in a vase

 

Have a mirror over your mantel or front hall table? Adding a vase of tulips will reflect the light and scream Spring!

 

Tip Toe Through the Tulips - Styling 101

White tulips in a vase

 

So next time you need to run to the grocery store to get bread, pick up a few bunches of tulips to add to your beautiful space.

 

Tip Toe Through the Tulips - Styling 101

Tip Toe Through the Tulips – Styling 101

 

Keep it Beautiful.

Alicia

 

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Together with my hubby, we're working on renovating our 1920's house that we purchased in 2010 in a downtown neighbourhood in Ottawa, ON. The house was in need of mega love, complete with variations of bad wallpaper and peeling vinyl flooring. However, we were up to the challenge. I am the Mommy to a 5 year old, a 2 year old and baby girl who keep me on my toes. My hubby is armed with the tools and is the magic in building my crazy design ideas. In come the realities of renovating, budget, time and kids are things that many of us have to work with. I write about creating beautiful spaces that are everyday friendly, with easy DIYs which then leave room for splurges and I hope to inspire you to do the same.

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  1. Maria Iemma says:

    I love tulips – so I planted about 100 bulbs in my front yard two years ago. The first year they were beautiful and this year they did not come up so I went investigating and it seems that either the squirrels or the deer ate them. I am so disappointed!

  2. Alicia says:

    Maria, that’s too bad about your tulips. I’ve heard of that happening before but I’ve also heard that tulips often will bloom the first year and not the second, but will bloom again the third year. Next year they will be fab again!

  3. Tulips are one of my favourite flowers. They cheer me up every time I see them because they remind me of the freshness of spring. Would be so nice to go to the Tulip Festival… maybe one day!

  4. kathy downey says:

    I love Tulips they sure liven up a room

  5. kathy downey says:

    When i use to plant years ago i found Tulips did best when uplifted in the fall every second year and the bulb divided and replanted

  6. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I love tulips because they’re really pretty but also because they’re a sign that warm weather is here.

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