Tulips

Hope you’re enjoying the good weath and had a lovely weekend? The garden is looking super at this tome of year, hope yours is too!

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Nearly April 🌸

Well the clocks have leapt forward an hour (UK) and it is still light…

Springtime 🌸

Oh my goodness sorry for not posting for a while! I don’t know where…

 

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Tulips

Tulips in Turkey continued to remain popular, and in the early 18th century, the ‘Age of the Tulips’ or ‘Tulip Era’ began. There were tulip festivals and it was a crime (punishable by exile) to buy or sell tulips outside the capital.

The Tulip was actually originally a wild flower growing in Central Asia. It was first cultivated by the Turks as early as 1000AD. Mania in Turkey struck in the 16th century, at the time of the Ottoman Empire, when the Sultan demanded cultivation of particular blooms for his pleasure. The name ‘tulip’ came from the Turkish word for turban.

The flowers were introduced into Western Europe and the Netherlands in the late 16th century, probably by Carolus Clusius, who was a biologist from Vienna.

Tulips

In the 1590s, Clusius became the director of the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, the oldest botanical garden of Europe, founded in 1587. He was hired by the University of Leiden to research medicinal plants. While doing so, his friend in Turkey, Ogier Ghiselain de Busbecq, the ambassador of Constantinople (present day Istanbul), had seen the beautiful tulip flowers growing in the palace gardens, and so sent a few to Clusius for his garden in Leiden. This was the start of the bulb fields in the Netherlands that can be seen today.

In the beginning of the 17th century, the tulip was starting to be used as a garden decoration instead of the former medicinal purposes. It soon gained major popularity as a trading product, especially in Holland. The interest for the flowers was huge and bulbs were sold for unbelievable high prices.
S Raven

Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom.

They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.

J Carrey

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A Touch of Blue

Hope you all had a great Easter & didn’t eat too much chocolate? The…

 

Spring

Well what a beautiful month April has been so far. Hardly any rain and lovely warm, sunny days but frosty nights.


I’ve been using my bike a lot more since the weather is better and have enjoyed cycling in the early mornings.


The other day I saw Mr Fox laid out on the cycle track and he was in no hurry to get up as I started to cycle towards him. Instead he made a long stretch of his lovely red body & legs before slowly disappearing into the undergrowth giving me a quick look over his shoulder as he did so! Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera to hand so no pictures only memories.

Tulips
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