Wednesday, March 14, 2018


When spring rolls around, and Mother’s Day, the tulip is starting its journey into the world. I had the great fortune to enjoy Tulip Fest in Washington State in 2014, and from there, I gathered all sorts of gorgeous photos that show off the startling color of these and other spring flowers.

Often the tulip is included in Mother’s Day bouquets since they are bright and bold in size and color. They are wonderful showcase flowers.


Rows and rows of red and yellow tulips dash over the hill in this Tulip Fest photo in Washington State 2014. © jcleveland

These darlings of the Netherlands have been cultivated in a huge variety of variations. The variegated patterns that we sometimes see in these flowers started as a result of a virus within the flower in the 17th century, thus creating “broken” flowers.

Tulips wandered into the Netherlands from Asia where they had been in existence for years. It wasn’t until the Ottoman Empire that someone other than the Asians noticed these showy flowers. Henceforth: TULIP MANIA struck the world!

They are bulb plants that cannot be grown in all locations much to my dismay. Even with the bulbs hibernating in the freezer over the “winter”, they still are not cooperative in Florida. It’s potted tulips for us.

The word tulip is derived from Turkish word(s) that translate to “turban” that the shape of the flower closely represents. It is believed that the cultivation of these flowers first began in the 10th century in Persia. The first tulips to be cultivated upon the shores of the United States is thought to have happened in Salem, MA in the 1840s near Spring Pond.

Today, over 3 BILLION bulbs are annually produced for export from the Netherlands.

Since we have been speaking of great, colorful eye candy, here is some more for you. Buy any one of these beauties for Mom. She would really like it if you bought her ALL of them!

Pink with White Flower Medallions Dog Bandana


Hand Knit Fabulous Four Corner Flower Cotton Picture Dish Cloth


Red And Black Crystal Earrings

The Singing Beader 

The Scarlet Bugler Canvas Print

Colleen Cornelius 

Siam Tulip Flower Earrings w Jonquil Swarovski Crystals

Magdalene Jewels 

Heart Bead Lampwork Coral Orange Glass Ivory Band Silver Focal 20mm

Covergirl Beads 

Red Heart Stud Earrings

Blue Morning Expressions 

Red and White Flowers Lace Doily

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Red Flower Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

Red Earrings for Women Earrings With Diamonds

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Red Charm Bracelet


Red Flower Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Czech Ruby Travertine and Swarovski Crystal Sterling Silver Earrings


Hope that you enjoyed these gorgeous creations. If you do not see what you are looking for, contact any of the above artists, and I am sure that they will be more than happy to create something just for you.

If you want to see more, here are some more links:

Week 1

Enjoy, and share this blog post and all of these handmade items with your friends and family! We handmade artists always appreciate a good share. Smile 



  1. I love tulips but have never had very good luck with them! Enjoyed reading your post. Promoting.

  2. Julie, Thanks so much for including Keli and our pink bandana in this week's post!

    Pinned & scheduled tweets for each item, shared the blog post.

    One minor correction - the link attached to SewAmazin above the photo is an old one. The correct shop link should be

  3. Wonderful post, Julie! Glad to see it, although you are bound to be very VERY busy. Have a vase of tulips on the coffee table right now (: Many thanks for including my flower earrings. Will share the post everywhere and pin and schedule tweets for each item. Seamus sends doggie kisses and tail wags to you.

  4. The tulip is one of my favorite flowers. So many bright colors! Thank you for including my red and black crystal earrings. I have pinned each item and shared the blog on FB at The Singing Beader page.

  5. I just love tulips. Especially how they turn towards the sunlight. Thank you for sharing. I had no idea they originally were grown in Persia! Will be promoting all items here.

  6. Thanks a bunch, Julie! :) Great blog post and nice collection of handmade goodies. Have pinned and tweeted each item, and done the same for the blog. Hugs from me and Monsieur Gonze!

  7. Julie, I love tulips and daffodils. Thanks for including my red love charm bracelet. Pinned and tweeted each item. Sharing the post on G+

  8. Thank you Julie for including my Tulip Earrings among the other beautiful Floral items in your Tulip blog!
    Promoted all on my Social Media sites.

  9. Thanks so much Julie! I love these finds. Red is my favorite color and with all of our goodies together makes your post pop off the page. Would be hard not to find a perfect gift for mom here. Promoted

  10. Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous collection Julie!

  11. Beautiful Post showing Spring Tulips, Julie -- and all the red-themed Artisan Handmade to go along with them!!! Thanks for including my Red Flower in White Lace Square Doily!