Tulip Time

May 1st, 2013 at 12:38 am by under Bill's Blog, Entertainment, Weather

tulips    The first tulips came to The Netherlands in the mid-late 1500s and quickly became widely cultivated.  A few of the most sought-after bulbs sold for the price of a house around 1635!  Today there are over 100 species of tulips and 3,000 varieties.  They come in most every color except bright blue.  Some grow 4″ high and some grow to 28″.  The tulip is the 3rd most popular flower in the world, after roses and mums.  The Netherlands exports annually roughly 3 billion bulbs and 2 billion cut tulips.  Dutch auction houses do about 300 million dollars in the trade of tulips each year.  The tulips timing of this weeks warm-up means the tulips will be in near perfect bloom for Tulip Time in Holland MI this May 4-11.

3 Responses to “Tulip Time”

  1. Cindy says:

    Who brought them to the Netherlands? Where did they originate?

    1. Cort S. says:

      I found this on Wikipedia. They originated in Turkey.

      The introduction of the tulip to Europe is usually attributed to Ogier de Busbecq, the ambassador of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor to the Sultan of Turkey, who sent the first tulip bulbs and seeds to Vienna in 1554 from the Ottoman Empire. Tulip bulbs were soon distributed from Vienna to Augsburg, Antwerp and Amsterdam. Its popularity and cultivation in the United Provinces (now the Netherlands) is generally thought to have started in earnest around 1593 after the Flemish botanist Carolus Clusius had taken up a post at the University of Leiden and established the hortus academicus. He planted his collection of tulip bulbs and found they were able to tolerate the harsher conditions of the Low Countries; shortly thereafter the tulip began to grow in popularity.

  2. Jack says:

    beautiful Pics. Of Tulips..VERY COLORFUL ….Never Been 2 Tulip Time Festival . Maybe This Year I Hope ! :-)

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