We know it’s not spring yet at Starbright in NYC, but with the warming weather we can’t stop ourselves from dreaming about the blossoming days ahead of us. One of our favorite flowers this time of year is the tulip, and although today it is an ubiquitous bearer of early spring in New York City, it wasn’t so very long ago that tulips were the very definition of elite class and status in Europe.
380 years ago in Holland, everyone went crazy for tulips. New York City was still known as New Amsterdam in 1637, when a frenzy beset the Dutch over beautiful tulip bulbs. Known as “Tulip Mania”, this brief period in floral history is a fascinating story.
Tulips first reached the Dutch shores about 40 years earlier, when they were brought over from the Ottoman Empire. Delighted that the tulips could flourish in the harsher climate of the Low Countries, tulips grew quickly in popularity. This was a time in history when the rich, vibrant colors of tulips were absent from other flowers that adorned the Dutch landscape. As time went on, tulips became more and more coveted in Holland, with distinct variations being cultivated for their unique beauty.
Pricing for tulips in the mid-seventeenth century peaked in March of 1637, when prices reached over 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. While this craze did not migrate over to New York City — or New Amsterdam as it was known at the time — this moment in history is considered the first economic bubble in recorded history and created devastating financial circumstances for those who lost amid the tulip bulbs.
Today, many of the tulip variations that were cultivated during Tulip Mania no longer exist, yet Starbright is always overflowing with decadent tulip choices. With tulips being one of the most desired floral compositions this time of year, Starbright’s brilliant flower designers have created new and exciting ways to enjoy this classic beauty.
The grace of tulips can never be overstated and they are one of Starbright’s most adored flowers to enhance a setting in New York City through their striking subtlety. With vivid hues and elegant lines, tulips have come to symbolize many things, including paradise on earth, a perfect love or passion in NYC, and the beauty of life.
In honor of the artistic achievements by the Starbright staff in New York City, we are thrilled to announce that Starbright’s website now has a new Tulip section, dedicated to this storied bloom. With Starbright’s tulip selection freshly stocked from the Netherlands six times a week and delivered to us less than 24 hours after being cut, we would be honored to assist in crafting the perfect message for you out of these beautiful flowers. At Starbright, we know that sometimes sentiments can only be conveyed through flowers, and we are standing by to build your dreams into a stunning floral masterpiece.
Starbright Floral Design is a full-service florist located in Midtown NYC that has been brightening New York City for over two decades with flowers, plants and more.
It is our distinct pleasure to be of service to you in creating stunning floral compositions that will make you smile.
We are delighted to be able to carefully deliver each creation through our fleet of dedicated floral concierges in Manhattan, all of New York City and beyond.
In NYC, where anything is possible, we offer same-day delivery for our friends and clients to ensure that when want to send your wishes with flowers, orchids, plants and so much more, we are there to answer the call.
We invite you to visit us online or in our store, which you will find is bursting with flowers and delight in being of service to you. We would be thrilled to make your floral dreams come true!
Warm regards from all of us at Starbright, “The Official Florist of the City That Never Sleeps”.
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Starbright Floral Design
140 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001