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Spring has Sprung

Like slipping into your favorite pair of jeans or taking a sip of that iced cold tea, spring is both comfortable and refreshing. There is something so enchanting about the promise of new life brought forth by spring. As those warm rays melt away our winter woes, we find ourselves surrounded by birds chirping and gorgeous greenery. And with the smell of fresh cut grass in the air, we are reminded that our favorite flowers are coming to life! Earlier this week I spent some time with Susan Lyell, owner of Restoration Rose, a Nashville flower farm. Together we picked out some of my personal favorites: Tulips.  That’s right, we are now carrying Susan’s Tulips on the trucks! If you are in the area, please join us in appreciating these beautiful shades of happiness!
Every time we add a new flower to the truck, I like to do as much research as possible. Just like meeting a new friend, flowers have so many distinct characteristics and qualities to share. As I am learning and growing, I want to share fun facts along the way.
GENUINE MESSAGE OF BEAUTY
With their strikingly unique shape, I am not surprised that tulips are widely recognized and cherished. Carrying the overall meaning of perfect love, tulips send a genuine message of beauty. But like many flowers, tulips also have meanings behind each color. White tulips are elegant and known to claim worthiness or to send a message of forgiveness. The meaning of yellow tulips has certainly evolved and now symbolizes an expression of sunshine and cheerful thoughts. Variegated tulips (multicolored), was once the most popular due to their remarkable mixes and patterns, and represents lovely eyes.
To me, tulips are just perfect: not too big, not too small, not too bright, but just simply perfect. The wide range of sentiments and shades makes this flower the perfect attendee for any occasion. If you are planning on sharing the delightfulness of tulips this spring, here are some useful tips for care:
 
In-Vase Tulips
  1. Vase
    Choose a vase that covers at least half the height of the stems. This will allow the tulips to stretch and grow to their full potential during their life in the vase. In turn, this allows you to enjoy them that much longer!

  2. Cutting Stems
    Again, tulips will continue to grow in the vase, even after you have cut the stems. For the best results, try to cut the stems at a 45 degree angle. This will allow them to soak up the correct amount of water needed for growth.

  3. Feed Me Water (and tell me I’m pretty)
    When you find the perfect vase, fill it about three-quarters of the way, as tulips LOVE drinking water (if you haven’t gathered that yet). Try to change the water every other day and add flower food to keep your tulips happy.

  4. Avoid Overexposure
    Tulips grow and open based on sunlight, so avoid placing the vase in direct sunlight or heat, as they’ll wilt faster once the blooms open up.

  5. LOVE
    Be amazed by their beauty and love them well.

Happy Spring, friends! xx Mattie

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