This month several blog friends have shown tulips. Tulips from their own yard, or from their city. These are some more of the common ones. This bouquet I bought to paint them.
The Netherlands seem to be the designated country of tulips, but actually...tulips originated from Turkey, where they were already cultivated in 1000 AD. They were introduced in Holland in the 17th century by an Austrian biologist hired by the university of Leiden (wellknown university city in Holland). In his study of medicinal plants the ambassador of Istanbul gave him some tulip bulbs.
Do you know that in the winter of 1944, called by the Dutch "the hunger winter" (which was still in world War II) there was such a shortage of food, that people started eating tulip bulbs? It's true, I heard that story several times in my teen years.
When I lived in the Netherlands we made it a yearly outing in the month of May to see the newest kinds in the Keukenhof, a park of 800 acres with 600 varieties of tulips. They even have black tulips:)
© "Tulips from Holland", 24 x 24, Oil St.Germain
These are the tulips I painted in my Celebrity Collection I posted 1/26/09