A scientific experiment in beauty.



Today I’m in the mood for a philosophical discussion.

Is there any truth to the widely accepted theory that “Less is More”?

Let us examine this in the context of oxygen.  If given the option of receiving either less or more oxygen, which would you choose?  Let’s see … no oxygen or lots of oxygen?  You don’t have to be a scuba diver to know lots of oxygen is the right answer.

What about pizza?  Would I be happier after eating one bite of pizza?  Or an entire pizza?  The answer is obvious.  Entire pizza please.

And finally, sloths.  Do I want one sloth?  Or many sloths?  Hundreds of sloths?   I want the most amount of sloths possible, thank you.

So clearly, this theory about “less is more” is somewhat flawed.  It is a fallacy possibly perpetuated by a diminutive phallus.  That’s my guess anyway.

However … are there any circumstances where less really IS more?

Let us turn to the examination of tulips.  I have 3 control groups for you to consider.  The $1, $7 and $40 arrangement of tulips.

The $1 tulip.

The $1 tulip will be representing the “less” group.


small tulips


The $7 tulips.

The $7 tulips will be representing the mama bear group.

medium tulips

The $40 tulips.

The $40 tulips will be representing the “more” group.

large tulips


So.  Now that you have the information and visuals, it’s time to collect the data.  What do you think?  In the case of orange tulips arranged for pleasing the eye, is the widely accepted theory true?  Is less, more?

Or … is MORE more?



  1. bex says:

    Yay 1st one here 🙂
    I’ve seen your silver jug before in other posts and am still wow’ed by it. Simply stunning! !

    • Liz says:

      You know, I saw a jug much like that at my local Sally Anne a few weeks ago. I was immediately drawn to it but then my “practical side” (evil twin) took over and said “what are you going to do with that, and where are you going to put it?” So I walked away….CRAP!!!

  2. gloria says:

    Sort of looks like The Avett Brothers under your coffee table there. If they cut their hair and shaved.

  3. Larita says:

    I rather like all 3 – however, I would totally be running out to get my own huge $40 bouquet of tulips if I had a place to display them; that is absolutely stunning.

  4. Preston says:

    Personally, I would go right in the middle of the mama bear and more groups; because I think more tulips look nicer when arranged, but when you get into the realm of 30+ tulips (or any flower) it loses “something” for me…. I’ll have to let you know when I figure out what that “something” is! 🙂

  5. Jennifer says:

    MORE! Tulips are my favorite flower ever and orange tulips even more so. That last arrangement is stunning (and is a perfect complement to the car wash mitt pillow).

  6. Sheri says:

    All about the middle! My first bouquet of the year just died but I managed to keep them alive for a week. Yay. Placed my winning vote today. Good luck you really deserve it. Happy you didn’t retire last year given I just got on the blog bandwagon last summer. I would have totally missed out!!!

  7. Laura says:

    When they are all so nicely styled it’s hard to choose…..MORE.

  8. More, but I don’t want to pay $40.

    • Karen says:

      I’ll tell ya Tricia. It was the bet $40 I ever spent. They lasted a week and they made me happy every second I was looking at them. Maybe not on a weekly basis, but … once in a while. WOW. I felt like a princess garden fairy girl. Who swears. ~ karen

      • Sally says:

        LOL! After my kids moved out (and yes, they grew up first) I started buying myself flowers every week. I know just what you mean by the princess garden fairy girl thing.

        • Sherri says:

          Sally, I do the same thing – buy myself flowers. And why not? We deserve them 😉 I love having fresh blooms in the house all the time.

      • Jennifer says:

        Isn’t that the best kind!?

      • Sarah says:

        I can see why they would make you happy! The $40 bunch definitely had the biggest WOW factor. In this case, more is better!

  9. Andria Sheridan says:

    More all the way. The grace, the majesty, the overall orangeness of it all.

  10. Gknee says:

    Orange tulips I love! All three look beautiful and perfect in their setting however the 40 dollar bunch is a huge WOW factor.

  11. Kirsten says:

    $7 tulips all the way. They’re not overwhelming, they’re not underwhelming. Put them in a vase together or in a row, one or two per vessel.

  12. Marti says:

    You are now buying flowers to match car wash mitts? Really????

    On the question of oxygen, I turn to the late great American philosopher, Michael Jackson, who is known to have slept in a hyperbaric chamber chamber. LOOK WHERE IT GOT HIM.

    Clearly one of us has had too little oxygen. What’s with the “sloth” thing, please? Did I miss the memo?

  13. Susan says:

    More by a mile!

  14. Kailee says:

    Love the $7 arrangement. Stunning!

  15. Anemone says:

    Kristen Bell made me love Sloths. I would have to say more. The $40 set. Its just the most beautiful thing to look at. SO more…

  16. So do you get to claim the cost of these tulips as a business expense?

  17. Gale says:

    More is more….but there should be a another smaller option – maybe $25? $40 size seems like too much, but it is still very beautiful and colorful. It just looks too crowded.

  18. Gina says:

    Depends on the proximity of the viewer. A single tulip has a sensuality that is lost when grouped. However a single flower is underwhelmimg and overlooked in a large room.

  19. KEL says:

    You simply must discover the Avett Brothers, Karen! They are one of my FAVES!

  20. Diane says:

    Omg those are gorgeous!! Gimme!! Of course more is more. More is always more. It’s pure logic. ;P And if I had those I would still want more….see where I’m going with this?? Perhaps I’m just greedy….there’s something to be said about greed. When I think of what it is I’ll let you know.

  21. Brenda j says:

    Middle and first. My favourite colour too.
    Glad to see your headache is gone Ducky!!

  22. Gayla T says:

    Wow! Do you think I’m crazy? Give me that huge bunch of orange loveliness and I want it right now! It’s stunning. Even in all my days as a floral designer I never had that many unwrapped at one time. I’ve never been a fan of orange but this just changed my mind. Your silver needs polishing as badly as mind does. LOL It looks like yours but it has a lid attached AND IT’S NOT FULL OF ORANGE TULIPS! Now, about the fairies. They do swear as in I swear I’ll always love orange tulips so that would be why you feel like one. Just stick on some wings and you’re good to go. Did you play Tinker Bell in the movie???

  23. Lucy says:

    I adore orange tulips, so I applaud you on your flower choice. All 3 have their place. I’d be happy to have the $1 & $7 arrangements in my house. I’d like to have the $40 bunch to spread around to family and friends. It’s a little too “Martha Stewart” for my humble abode. Less chocolate/more chocolate; less weeds/more weeds; less sun/more sun; less yeast infections/more yeast infections…. It’s like a political contest — no easy answer, except in the case of the yeast infection, at which time we just need to resort to your cure.

  24. Belinda Philp says:

    I say either the first one – elegant and understated or the third one – for the wow. The second one kinda looks like the tulips don’t really know what they want to be.

  25. Emily says:

    I think the singleton looks like a penis. I’m going with more is more.

  26. Teri says:

    Well I love the mama bear because I have that same vase! But then again the Daddy Bear with the trifle bowl and 40 days and nights of orange tulips is also very smashing! Not really floating my boat on the one tulip…to lonely…sad..and who wants to be sad looking at two lips…oh I meant tulips…so more is more and less is sometimes too less..

  27. judy says:

    MORE! And have them where you can watch them daily. A friend sent ‘MORE’ to me when my Mom went to Heaven, and they were a joy to watch each day…from the perky to the droopy and finally losing petals. A daily changing work of art. Can you tell that I loved them!?

  28. Carol-Anne says:

    More.. more.. more!

  29. Heather says:

    I think tulips are not in the less-is-more category. All three arrangements are gorgeous! Less is more refers to things like make up, hairspray, salt, perfume and martinis.

  30. Jamieson says:

    You had me nodding at each step but in this case my heart belongs to more!

  31. susan says:

    I don’t think it’s a fair comparison when the first two look like you forgot to put the penny in the water. The last one needs the droop to be artistic but when you only have one or two, they need to stand up and be counted.
    Less is definitely more when it comes to sloths, snakes and spiders, but not when it comes to those horribly addictive smashed potatoes you have introduced to an unsuspecting public. They are amazing and to paraphrase an old Bob Hope song, “Thanks for the calories….”

  32. Laura says:

    MOREMOREMOREMOREMORE!!!!!!!!! Given that autumn has just started in Australia, I am simultaneously depressed and inspired by $40 worth of tulips (that co-ordinate perfectly with your car-wash mitt cushion by the way). Time to dig up half the backyard and get some tulip bulbs planted!

  33. Barbara says:

    “MAMA bear” group—“….and this group feels just right!”~Goldilocks

  34. Cindy Marlow says:

    I would go for the $48 arrangement myself and do all three. That being said, I still think that the ‘less is more’ doesn’t fit in all (or most) instances and I would pop for the huge bouquet.

  35. Mary Vitullo says:

    It all depends on the flower…Tulips need to be bunched up, so definitely the $40 one. Orchids, however, can definitely stand alone.

  36. Kerri says:

    I choose more when it’s a bouquet of different flowers. Depending on the flowers. There’s just something about that one tulip.

  37. Stefanie says:

    Hmm.. I have to go with the $1 arrangement with $7 a close second. Probably since I just bought a $40 bouquet and divided it into no less than 15 different vases/jars around the house!

  38. Anita says:

    How about all of the looks in 3 different rooms?

  39. Mary Werner says:

    I liked the little bear vase. I noticed each one and loved them for their sweet selves. But the big one is an eye popper and the middle one pretty too. I do vote for the little one and I would have taken the big one and broke it up and put little ones all over the entire house as if Elmo had exploded from laughter. No matter where I looked I would be happy. Hundreds of sloths? Are we making sloth neck rolls now?

  40. Meagan says:

    Broke but MORE! Absolutely lovely. Tulips were the reason for my spring wedding- they make me so happy inside!

  41. Brenda says:

    Dang Karen..I like all 3, I LOVE tulips,live 4 minutes from a place that grows them indoors & out..a dozen at the grading warehouse is 2.50-5.oo HOWEVER I have one blue cat that thinks you should nap on vases full of flowers….my house is tulip free…sigh.

  42. Erica says:

    I like the $7

    I can’t believe you bought $40 worth of tulips!

  43. cred says:

    More! Love orange tulips and clearly as you demonstrate, the more the better.

  44. marilyn says:

    less is more here, the 40$ is too over the top, the tulip is such a beautiful happy flower and its hard to appreciate it in such a huge mass. i even love the 1$ because its reflected its more like 2$. you could have saved yourself 23.50$

  45. Terri says:

    I usually fall in the “less” camp but with tulips it’s really difficult to not adore the “more”!

  46. Jim S says:

    “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than to be crowded on a velvet cushion” – Thoreau

    Less is so much more.

  47. Laura says:

    First: You MUST discover the Avett Brothers!!!!
    Second: I take the $40.00 tulips, divide them into enough smaller bunches to put in every room of the house in a spot I can see and enjoy them every time I walk into a room. And I take the last few and go see my Mom.

  48. Laurel says:

    Y’know, not to be difficult or anything, but I think I would like a $14 bunch, just to fill in the other side of the $7 vase – I find the MORE bunch a bit too much, kind of overwhelming . . . but I am glad you enjoyed them!

  49. Debbie from Illinois says:

    More, more, more!!!!!

  50. Deb J. says:

    I would have to say I am in the mama bear group – just right! But I do adore orange tulips – my favourite by far. My bunch ($7 for a pot – will go in the garden this spring) have just gone over the top and are dropping petals all over the place. Still love them.

  51. blake says:

    All 3…I love love love an orange tulip in any arrangement and quantity~

  52. Sue Hyde says:

    love the bunch…….

  53. Ellen says:

    More! More! More! I’m a tightwad $1 girl, & my neighbour is a $40 girl, & I always looooove her flowers…..

  54. Tracie says:

    I say more is definitely better. I just love how you’ve arranged them all. My mother has a silver jug exactly like yours and I almost fell off my chair when she said she picked it up at her thrift store for $5! Really? I never find deals like you guys! She had a bunch of white tulips in it and I’m telling ya, it was all I could do to leave it there when I went home. I’m still coveting it.

  55. paula says:

    love mama bear tulips best + jug, but the absolute best image of all is Paul Weller and the Style Council – awesome taste in music.

  56. Langela says:

    Every one of the options is beautiful! I look at each and think, “WOW! That’s perfect. I choose that one.” Then I see the next photo and think the same thing. I guess when it comes to tulips, it just doesn’t matter.

  57. Tara says:

    My birthday and Valentine’s Day are in the same week and those who love me (okay, 2 people) always give me tulips (my favorite). I end up with one of each arrangement as you did in your pictures… but I think my favorite… hard choice… would be the $7. It has the look of “homegrown” to it, like “I just picked these from my yard” — a bit of whimsy. And, in the case of whimsy, less is more.

  58. Sarah Neely says:

    One is lovely, the Mama Bear bunch is lovely but the MORE… extravagant, decadent, spoiling yourself with tulips. Go for the More.

  59. MC says:

    The more bunch packs a punch and makes a big statement! Two tulips look slightly lonely to me.That being said, with another type of flower, say a really lovely rose or peony, sometimes one is enough.

  60. AmieM says:

    Wow, those are A LOT of tulips! I guess that makes me a middle to less person.

  61. Becca says:

    I’m going with mama bear… just right. The extra $33 will be used to buy the bottle of wine, pork tenderloin and asparagus to consume in the gentle glow of the tulips.

    Fresh flowers make me happy!!!

  63. julie says:

    Each of those BEAUTIFUL arrangements is absolutely lovely, each is perfect for its location…so clearly, MORE KAREN is the key….no matter what else is goin’ on.

  64. Ahnnie says:

    More. The floppy orange color block speaks to the car mitt. Tulips are so flaccid as cut flowers though. It’s almost as if you take their souls when you cut them and they droop in response.

    • Deb J. says:

      I knew I had read this somewhere so I went through my books and apparently tulips (especially store-bought tulips) can get air in their stems which makes them flop. If you want to minimize this, cut the bottom with a sharp knife on the diagonal, then take a pin and poke the stem through just under the flower. Then wrap them in paper to keep them upright and put them in cool water for a few hours. They will hydrate and stand up better. Never tried it but … Maybe search on conditioning flowers. Worth a try. Plus I know I read (and have observed) that tulips continue to grow after they are cut I.e. get taller. Kinda weird but …

  65. I am not normally a “middle of the road” kind of person on anything, but I like the $7 bunch the best. Enough there to not look lonely or cheap, not so much that it looks like you were trying too hard. The poor $1 arrangement needed a mirror to find a friend. Also, the middle arrangement has an ikebana sort of feel that I really like. I am a sucker for a Japanese influence.

  66. Maureen says:

    I’m in the middle on this one. When the arrangement gets too big, I’m feeling funeral or wedding. Same thing, actually.

  67. Kim says:

    The $40 arrangement is stunning. Made me gasp! Definitely more for me, although, I’d take one vinyl album over 40 CD’s any day!!
    The mama bear group is a very close second 🙂

  68. Did you really go out and spend $40 on tulips? For a survey?

    I’m with the middle people. Or even less, if not just sticking out one side of the vase (I like symmetry)

    • Karen says:

      Mimi – Well I had the blog as an excuse to do it. The blog is my business, so I have to invest in it for posts quite often! This was just a lucky opportunity. Usually I have to invest in stuff like printer ink, new hard drives and upgraded servers. 🙂 ~ karen

  69. Suzi says:

    It really depends on what you are trying to achieve. They are all beautiful in their own right. I love tulips and if my husband were to bring me some I would go for the $40 arrangement. However one is a simple statement of beauty as well as the $7.

  70. Karen O. says:

    Everything in moderation, even tulips. The “less” group is just as underwhelming as the “more” group is overwhelming. For me, it’s all about having just enough, but not going overboard. So, my vote is for the mama bear group. 🙂

  71. Pam says:

    I’m all for the more is more… Love them in grand proportions. Of course, it’s still 0 degrees here and I’m jonesin’ for a color other than dirty end of the season snow… Ask this question again in August and my more is more stance might have changed…

    Cold in Canada

  72. Sally says:

    More! More! More! And soooo worth the $40 dollars.

  73. Blandine says:

    Tulips are like oxygen. So yeah, definitely the $40 bouquet.

  74. Karyn says:

    I’m all about the More please…just not so much about the price tag. Although I do have many tulips growing in the yard so maybe I could get that many and save the cash! Lovely arrangements though, all of them.

  75. Laura says:

    All are beautiful but I’d say Mamma size…only cause my budget wouldn’t allow for MORE! What is your secret to keeping them beautiful for as long as possible?!

    • Karen says:

      Laura – I don’t have a secret. Half the time I don’t even use flower preservative. I change the water maybe once over the course of the week and just leave them alone. The *real* trick to making them last long for tulips is buying them when they’re still tightly closed. NOT open and pretty already. ~ karen

  76. Pat says:

    The “most” looks stunning. I love tulips but have never had a bouquet that big. Frankly, never thought of displaying tulips in such large quantitiies. Leave it to you!

    P.S. I have similar suitcases from my deceased Aunt. They’re storing stuff in my crawl space.

    • Karen says:

      Pat – If you have room, you should take them out and display them! You can still use them for storage but it’s more convenient. Mine are currently holding sewing supplies, extra sheets and hidden Christmas/birthday gifts. Oops. ~ karen

  77. Melody Madden says:

    Definitely the biggest grouping … just cause it makes me feel all springy and happy inside..

  78. Terri-Lynn says:

    More is always the answer!
    Like money. I want more.

  79. JamieK says:

    I would have to splurge and go with the $40 arrangement; stunning!

    Also, this is great incentive to follow through on my plan for next Fall/Spring: Plant a whole bed of tulips for cutting purposes only.

  80. Lisa says:

    When it comes to tulips, I believe the $40 arrangement is what I would go for, especially since spring is on its way and I’m so tired of seeing gray outside. I can’t have enough color this time of year!

  81. Sara says:

    Oh for SURE more is more in this case. They look so so lovely. Having flowers around makes me feel rich for some reason. Like I maybe have a butler wandering about (about my townhouse, lol).

    On the other hand, I have NO problem thinking of things that fall into the less is more category. Cold sores. Time on the treadmill. Leaves in my yard. Legos underfoot. Credit card debt. And as I realized on one particularly brutal morning, cosmopolitans.

  82. Emily says:

    Mama bear, for sure! The MORE group looks like you’re in a Martha Stuart house that’s a little over the top. Moderation, moderation.

  83. Sari says:

    While you have so many tulips (they are ALL lovely, no matter the number), please experiment with the penny-in-the-water trick to determine if a penny really can perk up a drooping tulip. Is a Canadian penny more or less effective than an American penny? Inquiring minds want to know….

  84. Nancy says:

    hmmmm…totally depends on the state of my home and the mood I’m in.
    At this particular moment, I’ll go for the $1.
    I’ll check back in a couple of hours…

  85. Claudia says:

    Middle please. Can you ship it to Mexico? Log table and suitcases included.


  86. Deb says:

    All….I want them all! I’d have to go with the $40 bunch and as they slowly go to the big flower bed in the sky…they become the mama bear bunch who then becomes the $1 version…or several $1 versions. I can have them everywhere…taking over all my containers, here…there…everywhere. But that just applies to tulips. Hyperbaric chambers, not so much. Unless you hide Crhistmas gifts in them.

  87. Deb says:

    make that CHRISTMAS!!

  88. Lynne says:

    I’m embarrassed to say I really prefer the $40 arrangement – going in I thought for sure it would be “less” (the $7 one) but what the hell – go for the big bucks and enjoy !!

  89. Emily says:

    I must say…. I am a trunk fan, and the trunks you have in the mama bear picture are fabuloso. Mine look a bit more trashed because I inherited from a fabulous uncle who dragged them around drag queen shows, so they are a bit banged up and glittered inside.

    Wait, this post was about tulips…. sorry. I am normally a less is more person, but tulips after one day get rather droopy, and so I vote more is more… one dripping over by itself just looks a little pathetic (maybe in an artsy way that is okay?)

  90. Alicia Herron says:

    Tulips are just gorgeous! I don’t care how many but the $4o arrangement is gorgeous. I think more is more BUT I love tulips (and all flowers EXCEPT CARNATIONS!!!!) so much that I would put them all over my apartment so I can see them all the time. My husband bought greenery for Christmas time since we can’t have a real tree and he put it all over the apartment and decorated it with ornaments. SO SO lovely except he has to do it every year now and the greenery was on sale! 🙂
    I love your house. I would like to live in it. if an opening comes let me know… we’re not big people so we don’t take up much space.

  91. Keith says:

    The color choice of your tulips is spot-on! As for pondering whether less is more, I think the question could be rephrased, when is enough enough? All three floral arrangements are beautiful in their own right on different levels. The dollar arrangement adds a punch of cheery color and balances your small vignette of the picture frame and books. If you placed the $40 dollar tulip arrangement next to them, the frame and books are overpowered – too much. The $40 arrangement is bold and beautiful enough to stand on its own and needs open space to do so. The $7 arrangement needs to have that number of tulips to visually balance itself in the silver urn and tree end table. If it had only one or two tulips, it would be too little.

    So, I would summarize by saying have enough for the effect you’re going for – be Goldilocks. It’ll help you develop an eye for the right thing. With the pizza, I’d ask myself if the pizza is a snack (small amount)or have enough for an all-night party for sloths. (Do sloths like pizza?)

    In the end it’s all relative.

  92. Patra says:

    They are all beautiful. Since the diminutive phallus, er, vase can only hold one – then it’s beautiful with one – so less it better. The medium and large, er, vases need MORE. What’s important isn’t how big or small it is, it’s where you use it.
    *sorry, couldn’t resist* 🙂

  93. Darlene says:

    Actually I am going for this theory —

    The less ——————– The More
    fewer calories for the more you eat!

    I would vote for the biggest bunch – in fact this bunch of tulips might be too small even….

  94. Natalie says:

    Wow, great photos! I like that the orange pillow matches the tulips. I think they are all beautiful in their own way, but just one on its own can be beautiful too.

  95. BGrigg says:

    I think less or more is directly related to the household budget, and the vase and/or room in which they are to be displayed.

    Unless you grow your own tulips, that is. Then more more is the most more it can be.

  96. Robbin Caskenette says:

    WOW orange!!!! More!

  97. Robbin says:

    Loved the bunch so much I pinned it!

  98. Sherri says:

    More is better without a doubt! I know that it might squeeze most budgets to spend $40 for one fresh flower arrangement, but one could always give up one or two restaurant meals to make it happen. Or eat Ramen Noodles for every lunch and supper. Or tattoo a company logo on your body and collect your monthly check from said company. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

  99. Jennifer says:

    The sloth thing totally cracks me UP.

    Tulips are my all time favorite flower. Heck, I even like to just say, “tulip. Tulip. Tulip.”

    I think any amount of tulips is great but that $40 bunch was WOW for sure.

  100. My husband was working in Moscow when the production company flattered him into being their model for an ad, giving flowers to a pretty girl. Only later did he notice that one bunch were drooping as only tulips can, and in the next shot the others were thrusting vibrantly from his hand…

  101. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    If I had the money to splurge I would get the $40 group..I mean how often can you treat yourself like that??..Otherwise I would love the $7 group..they look so nice in your silver pot and I just got one at a church thrift store auction for the amazing price of $2..I must tell you that I have gorgeous tulips in my garden and can’t wait for them to bloom this Spring..The ones that are a mix of red and yellow are my favorites..Also I decided to add the Blue Moon to my name Karen because I see that you are getting more Nancys as readers so this will be less confusing..

  102. Dee in BC says:

    Can I vote for all 3 choices? – displayed thru-out the home for visual continuity?

  103. Cheryl in Wisconsin says:

    If I receive a large group of flowers I automatically break them up into several smaller arrangements. It’s like I am programmed that way for some reason.
    For my entire life, whenever I’ve left an album out, immediately one of my cats has laid upon it. They’re like big cat magnets. Obviously, it’s not the most healthy thing for the records. How do you not have cats laying on your albums? (Not really a concern of mine any more… I just sold my entire lot of them, which began with my first choices – Osmond Brothers and Led Zeppelin II. I was a very diverisified 11-year old.)

  104. Sarah A. says:

    More! That big bouquet is stunning. For a tight space, I do kind of like one tulip though. Ok, so either more or less, but not in between.

    Oh, and I’m officially getting some tulips on the way home.

  105. Lisa says:

    #3! I buy myself fresh flowers every week while grocery shopping and never regret spending that extra money. They make me so happy!

  106. Jane says:

    Love the way the $40 tulips bring out the orange in the car wash mitt pillow. Really pops. Is that the same sofa?

  107. Shauna says:

    I’d like to have LESS all over the house please. That would really be less and more all put together.

  108. gloria says:

    Here ya go. Avett Brothers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE7rkSELM3I I challenge you to not love this video. Can’t be done. After you listen to it, you will want to listen to all their other stuff. I particularly like the one about Love Like a Kick Drum.
    Your album is good, too. And your big bunch of tulips.

  109. Heather-Mae says:

    I lean toward the ‘less’ side… I like the ‘less’ and the ‘mama bear’ arrangements. I think, while stunning, there are about $33 more tulips in the ‘more’ group than I can fully appreciate in one viewing. 🙂

  110. Meghan Grace says:

    More is more! Gorgeous color!!!!

  111. Chau says:

    Love them all. Each arrangement suits different surrounding and purpose: single for small desk, large bouquet for dining table, etc.

  112. Rebecca says:

    I’m all about balance so from time to time I say heck, splurge on the big bouquet and when times are tough, one tulip will do. I make it a habit to buy a dozen roses each week or two. So much cheaper than smoking.

  113. gloria says:

    So here ya go. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE7rkSELM3I I challenge you to not love this. I think it’s impossible to do (despite the undershirts). And after you listen to it and love it, go find the video about “Love Like a Kick Drum.” Great song.
    Your album is good also, and the big bunch is my favorite. Viva le excess!


  114. Danielle says:


    The orange tulips look beautiful.They all look great but the big bunch is just fabulous!

  115. Nicole Sheahan says:

    I find myself buying single stems at the farmer’s market in the summer. Or buying a bunch and putting single stems in vases all over the house.

    BUT I do live in Holland Michigan and the Tulip Time festival brings 6 million bulbs to the city, so I do love the last $40 collection!

    (And you should listen to the Avett brothers album I and Love and You. It’s amazing.)

  116. Jamie says:

    Mama Bear, definitely!

  117. Jacinta says:

    More more more! So beautiful. And this is an Australian that is extremely jealous that you can get flowers soooo cheap! That would be at least double the price here:(

  118. Traci says:

    I just voted for you…again. Because you rock and also because I don’t know if I can live in a world where a blog called “Bower Power” would win out over your amazing-ness! Aaaaaand I love the $40 bunch of tulips!

  119. Donna says:

    In my humble opinion, one can never have too many tulips.

  120. Bols says:

    I so love the $40 bunch.

    I am gonna buy me some orange tulips at the farmers market this Saturday. Most likely a $4 bouquet since on of my pooches has a surgery tomorrow that is estimated to cost me $660.

  121. Vanessa says:

    In this case, I’d say less is more. The first picture with one tulip pops looks the best, and the orange tulip “pops” really nicely against the black and white. To me, the sheer simplicity of a single tulip makes more of a statement than tons of tulips.

  122. Jaimie says:

    I like all of them! But probably $7 and $40 best.

  123. Liz says:

    More is DEFINITELY more!!! Especially against the backdrop of that fabulous orange scrubby pillow! (BTW I did vote for you just the other day – I checked out many of the other nominees and your blog is truly the best in my opinion!)

  124. More More More and More is More! end of store.

  125. georgie says:

    none of the above. My cat eats tulip leaves and will jump on any table to seek them out. Therefore tulip bouquets of any size are not allowed in the house.

  126. When it comes to tulips, more is more for me!

  127. kelliblue says:

    come to PAPA (bear, that is)! More is definitely MORE. And Tulips are definitely my favorite flower (memories of mom digging in the garden…we always had tulips in spring).

    But $40? Dang girl, get you to Costco. I think a dozen is maybe…$10?

  128. ev says:

    More! Definitely.

  129. kimberly says:

    I thought I’d go for the less or middle of the road until I saw the more .. definitely the more! Orange makes it even better!

  130. Barbie says:

    WoW! I know Im late in this comment and you probably won’t see it, but since this is about flowers and flowers are my thing….I just have to say…..hands DOWN! MORE IS MORE IS MORE IS MORE! I’m going to the wholesale house today and getting me some dem! That is absolutely FAB! LOVE LOVE!

  131. Sherri says:

    Tulips give the biggest bang for my buck, even if they do only last a week. That’s over 600,000 seconds of happiness…!

    While I typically buy and display them in multi-colored bunches, your single bloom pic really stands out as simple yet truly lovely and effective – I think I may try that this spring when mine bloom!

  132. LeeAnn says:

    I wouldn’t say no to any of those arrangments, but I love the biggest set of flowers!

    Aside: please tell me where you got your clear coffee table from. Love it!

    • Karen says:

      LeeAnn – The table I got at The Bay in Canada. (don’t know where you’re from) It’s designed by Brian Gluckstein … you may be able to Google it. I got it on sale cheap … can’t remember how much. ~ karen!

  133. Auntiepatch says:

    A very nice friend of my husband sent me a basket of yellow tulips when I had my hysterectomy. I will never forget that wonderful man or his wonderful gesture! It made me feel so special. Now they are my favorites!

  134. Laura Bee says:

    Someone wrote in my autograph book when I was a kid :
    There are tulips in the garden
    There are tu;ips in the park.
    But the best tulips –
    Are the two lips in the dark.
    I wouls love more please! But I cut my own tulips & use 5 old milk glass bud vases on my window sill & that makes me happy too.

  135. Dawn says:

    Any tulips are better than no tulips. Fresh flowers are always a hit no matter how many, IMHO.

  136. Kate says:

    Yep, the more the better!

  137. M says:

    Hmmmm…. your posts totally crack me up! I am so delighted to have found you.

    My vote is that more is more. If it is applicable with pizza and all things good, it must be applicable to tulips, right? So says me and that would be my vote. Although I must say your staging is magnificent. Enjoyed everything in the photos beyond the delightful tulips albeit is less tulips or more tulips. Kudos to you!

  138. M says:

    Seattle and I am soooo following your boards now! Thanks for the eye candy and entertainment. Wish I had more time on Pinterest. You will be hogging a whole lot of the limited time I have to play on the site. You go girl!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks M! I’m not a very religious Pinner. The blog takes up most of my time, but I loveee browsing Pinterest too! ~ k

  139. pve says:

    long live excess. there is room for both but I love living spoiled rotten with fresh flowers.

  140. Diane Allison says:

    40 all the way, baby! Stunning and I would smile from ear to ear every time I glimpsed it’s beauty. Makes me go awwwwwwwww……

  141. Gorgeous! I could never make all those tulips look that good so I would go with 2 x $4.99 at my Safeway and display 10. In fact, it’s time I do that soon!

  142. Cyd says:

    Okay… the papa bear version is TOO MUCH. All I see when I look at them is the green stems going all swooshy one way in the vase. The mama bear version is… nice. The single is simple, elegant and perfect. Why? It’s not a single it’s two because it has a mirror reflection. As a result this was almost a trick question. Love your blog. How do I win stuff?

  143. Aimee says:

    More is more. Definitely.

    Although I wouldn’t turn my nose up at the $1 or $7 versions, either.

    But still…More is good.

  144. mothership says:


  145. Brenda says:

    Yes! That is, all 3…in different settings/locations. I can see the $1 tulip on a bedstand, or in a small bathroom. The $7 arrangement on a kitchen counter, a end table (living or bed room), an entry hall (on the smallish side). And the large arrangement on the dining room table, the coffee table, on the table outside dining al fresco — it would need to be the main focus because of the wow factor. So, yes, please, I’ll take all three.

    • Karen says:

      Brenda – Thanks! I’m currently having the same issue – new flower. Hyacinths. They’re MUCH more difficult to arrange than a tulip though. 🙂 ~ karen

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