Dependable and dynamic, tulips are a classically beautiful addition to any Spring garden.
Of all the Spring flowers, to me, tulips truly represent the season best.
They come in a wide range of varieties and colors.
The tulip with its graceful shape; slender but curved. It is almost an erotic shape. In fact, it is quite an attractive flower. One could even call this flower sexy…
Tulips are certainly a popular flower with a long history. Brought to Europe from Turkey in 1593 the tulip found its way to Holland where Dutch bulb growers bred and cross-bred the original varieties. The novelty of this new and exotic flower made it a greatly sought after commodity and prices rose. Everyone began to deal in bulbs, essentially speculating on the tulip market, which at the time seemed to have no ends or limits. It became a mania and a perfect example of a speculative bubble. Prices had risen out of control and the market had lost all sense of reality and it was not an accurate reflection of the true value of a tulip bulb. As to everything else there is an end to these bubbles, someone sells and a domino effect of progressively lower and lower prices takes place, causing a panic and prompting investors to sell, sell, sell at any price.
The government stepped in to no avail and no one emerged unscathed from the crash. Holland was plunged deep into a depression. The effects of the tulip craze left the Dutch very hesitant about speculative ventures for quite some time.
…but you know some people never learn…
Dreaming about Spring in rainy Oregon…
November – a good month to plant tulips (carminereddarter.wordpress.com)
Time to Plant Tulips (designtimesfour.com)
Some facts about tulips (the-stuff-i-like.com)
Homegrown: Tulip Time (thegazette.com)