Ever since I began visiting the Tulips of the Valley Festival, about a 1.5 hour drive east of Vancouver, Canada, years ago, I have become enamoured with the rebel tulip. What exactly is a rebel tulip? It’s not a term you find in Wikipedia (not yet). Is it a tulip that has gone bad? Maybe one that indulges in too much tequila and fights with other tulips? Possibly a tulip that swears at you and gives you the finger, or, if I may, the petal, when you stand between rows too deep into the field while trampling on the flowers trying to get that perfect photo? Well, not really, although the latter would be justified!
My definition of the rebel tulip is one that is a little out of place. One that rises above or lurks below the crowd. The rebel is different than the others – colour, shape, size, or a combination of all of those. The rebel is resilient as many survive the Spring bulb harvest and subsequent Autumn planting. Some make their way into bins they shouldn’t before the fall planting. The rebel is not bad or evil, but certainly adds beauty to the fields of tulips. Finally, unlike some rebels, these tulip rebels brings peace.
You may say, “Randall, this is not a traditional way of presenting tulips!” Well, I don’t care, because I’m a bit of a rebel too. Now, please get really close to your computer, tablet, or smart phone screen and join me on my presentation of A Focus on the Rebels, Tulips of the Valley Festival 🙂
A bit of a contrast… With rebel tulips such as this brilliant orange one with the name of Oriental Splendor, contrast is all a part of standing out.