After the long winter we are pleased with the first signs of spring, the Tulips, and represent a real pleasure for the eye and soul. They enchant us with their bright colors and the finely shaped flowers. Sometimes you just wonder how much beauty nature gives us all at once?
These beautiful heralds of spring originally come from Turkey. The colorful, exotic flowers were grown there a lot in the 16th century. Their name also comes from Turkish, where “tülbent” meant a typical headgear nationwide. According to a popular legend, the first tulip bulbs came to Holland by chance in 1562. However, it is historically proven that the French Charles de LÉçluse brought them to the Netherlands in 1592. Then the “tulip madness” began to develop. The enthusiasm for the beautiful flowers increased every year, with it of course the demand and their price.
In the period between 1633 and 1637, tulip bulbs were ten to a hundred times more expensive than gold until the first market crash occurred. The term “tulip fever”, which is still in use in business circles, has remained from this time. Although the market collapsed in 1637, the tulip trade in Holland did not stop. But on the contrary. The billion dollar business with tulips continued to flourish over the centuries and has remained an important source of money in the “land of wonderful tulips” to this day. Only nowadays are these beautiful flowers affordable for everyone. The tulip has become the national symbol of Holland, where 4000 varieties are currently grown and the Netherlands is the world’s largest flower exporter.
It is not only the history of the tulips that is magical, but also their appearance. They impress us today just as they did many centuries ago with their brilliant colors and delicately shaped flowers. Whether in the garden or in the vase, the wonderful flowers bring a lot of happiness and joie de vivre.
If you have a green thumb and want to grow tulips in the garden, you need to choose a sunny spot for these beauties. Avoid any waterlogging so that the tulip bulbs do not rot. In autumn, the bulbs must be planted about 10 cm deep. They develop tubers from which the flowers grow out in spring. In order to achieve a real color spectacle in the garden, you need to plant the bulbs in groups of 10. The beautiful flowers will delight you from the beginning of spring to the end of May. Many house owners also grow the tulips in pots. The onions overwinter in a cool place inside the house and are only brought outside in March.
At the flower market, however, the magnificent flowers are already available before the end of winter. If you buy a bunch and put the flowers in a vase at home, you will admire their natural beauty for days. Or do you want to give a loved one an enchanting bouquet of tulips? With that you say quite openly: In my love for you I feel in seventh heaven! ”Is there a better or more successful revelation of love than these words? Let the tulips express your true feelings and celebrate the beginning of spring with beautiful flowers!
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