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Netherlands' Tulips ~ Color Crazy Challenge Orange

Sharing a photo with Kim’s Color Crazy Challenge. This week’s color is orange.

I enjoy seeing the tulips in my garden. They are one of the first to bloom, after the daffodils. They are bulbs in the ground and come back each spring with all of their beauty. I have several different colors, the black is my favorite.

Did you know this bit of tulip trivia… In 17th-century Holland, the new tulip was such the rage and fashion that a handful of bulbs was worth about $44,000.

Another tidbit of information I found interesting… The Netherlands are the world’s main producer of commercial tulip plants, producing as many as 3 billion bulbs annually, the majority for export.

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  1. Your garden pictures are always amazing Carol. These Tulip buds are very special.

    Tulip was one of the most infamous and earliest of all investment bubbles. I am glad you have covered that piece of information too.

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  2. Again, if I could edit my post I would have added this… While tulips may be very popular in the Netherlands, it must be noted that they didn’t originate in these parts. They are believed to have originated from the Tien Shan mountain ranges in central Asia and had already been cultivated by gardeners in the Ottoman Empire for decades. Tulips were rare and exotic plants and Western Europe soon became fascinated with them as soon as they were brought in. They were officially introduced in the Netherlands at the end of the sixteenth century.

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