Tulip Mania, the ongoing display at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, proves to be what it claims; a mania, in the actual sense of the word. I went to see, and fell in love with, one of the most beloved flowers of the world.
The tulip heralds spring, brings in messages of a new life and celebrates cheerful thoughts, spreading warmth and abundance after long winter months.
Tulips are the first flowers to blossom yearly after snow, and so, if you want your garden to be the first to bloom, make sure you plant lots of Tulips (given the right temperature conditions, of course). When you do this, you can boast the meaning of your garden as represented by the Tulip colours you choose! Allow us to explain:
Red Tulips in your garden will symbolize a declaration of true love.
A Turkish legend may be responsible for this association; when Prince Farhad learnt that his beloved Shirin had been killed, he was so overcome with grief he rode his horse over the edge of a cliff. It is said that a scarlet tulip sprang up from each drop of his blood.
Yellow Tulips will symbolize the presence of sunshiny smiles and cheerful thoughts! Everyone will know at one glance that your home is one filled with fun and laughter.
White Tulips epitomize a heaven on earth, a purity and a newness. Those who see your garden will be put at ease, and will feel calm and tranquility.
Pink Tulips symbolize care and affection, making your guests and loved ones feel warm and welcomed into your home.
Orange Tulips symbolize energy, enthusiasm, desire and passion. For all those who pass through your garden, it will be an exciting experience.
Purple Tulips signify royalty, which will leave everyone in admiration and awe.
Variegated Tulips are popular due to their striking color patterns, and are a representation of beautiful eyes.
The beautiful display at Gardens by the Bay has been lovingly entwined with the theme of fairy tales. This means that as you enjoy the grandeur of the Tulips, you are also transported to a magical world of Rapunzel’s tower, the house of Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, the Snow Queen, Cinderella, Ariel, easter eggs and so much more.
At the entrance of the Tulip exhibition, paper tiaras are distributed to one and all, so all the girls and ladies can feel like princesses during their time at the Dome. I had this opportunity too, and, of course, I chose to be accompanied by my knight in shining armour, my beloved husband.
Years ago, a dear friend of mine got married, and her husband brought her a special bouquet of tulips all the way from Holland. Since that day, I have dreamt of standing in a field of tulips in Amsterdam.
Tulip Mania in Singapore was just a taste of heaven for me, and I recommend it as a must-see, not to be missed.
Tulips From Amsterdam- Ed Madden
Ayesha Dayyan Jagus completed her Intermediate Chartered accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and worked with Ernst & Young for 4 years. Thereafter, she pursued a career as an Auditor with different organizations until she married and moved to Singapore in 2008.Now a stay-at-home mother of two, Ayesha enjoys her love for photography and experimentation with new recipes, to satisfy her husbands palate.