Who doesn’t love pink tulips? There are many tulip varieties in pink: single pink tulips with that classy look, double pink tulips with peony-like petals, Lily tulips who open up just like a lily-flower and even crown tulips which ad a little bit of royalty into your garden. Pink in soft colors can have a calming effect, pink often stands for love. You can find them all in these examples.
The tulip is one of the most famous flower bulbs in the world, the Netherlands exports a lot of tulip bulbs to other countries every year. The Dutch climate is extremely suitable for tulip cultivation because the sandy soil behind the dunes ensures that the crop can develop optimally. Almost half of the Dutch flower fields are full of tulips. In the largest flower park in Europe, the Keukenhof near Amsterdam, you can see more than 800 different tulips. The spring park will open its doors at the end of March. Each year, the flower park has a special theme that inspired the designs of the gardens and flower shows in the pavilions. Flowers have been part of our lives for centuries. Flowers are used as classic symbols in art, architecture and design.
The origin of the tulip:
The origin of tulips can be found in Asia, in countries such as Iran, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan. Tulips also occur naturally in North Africa and Southern Europe. Tulips need cold nights and cold winters to grow. Eventually, the flower reaches Turkey. This is the country where the tulip gets the name we know: tulipa (in Latin). The name is derived from the local name for a turban, tulipan.
But how did the tulip end up in The Netherlands?
The Turkish sultan Süleyman, who lives in 1550, is a very rich man. He fills his gardens full of flowers, especially tulips. When the Sultan is in a very good mood he gives, by exception, some tulip bulbs as a gift. For instance to the Flemish envoy in Turkey, Ogier Gisleen van Busbeke. Ogier gives a few tulip bulbs to the Fleming Carolus Clusius (Charles de l’Écluse) who manages the herb garden of the Austrian emperor. The tulips occupy a prominent place in the emperor’s garden. Clusius becomes professor at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Of course he takes a number of tulip bulbs with him. Clusius is very careful with his bulbs and refuses to sell them. One night, thieves steal some bulbs from his garden. This is the beginning of the tulip and bulb trade in the Netherlands.