Today for Mellow Yellow I'm showing my Tulips that are a bit of yellow and some red. I searched the Market that I was at for plain yellow Tulips but there were none available so I settled for these.
I always feel that spring is around the corner when I buy Tulips to put around the house after those gloomy cold and snowy winters.
Although Tulips are always associated with Holland, commercial cultivation of the flower began during The Turkish Ottoman Empire.
The Tulip was first introduced to Europe in the mid-16th century from The Turkish Ottoman Empire, and beacme very popluar in the united Provinces which is now the Netherlands.
The "Tulip" gained much popularity and was seen as a sign of abundance, wealth and indulgence in the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The era during which the Ottoman Empire was wealthiest and most powerful was called 'The Tulip Era' or in Turkish Lale Devri.
The Tulips came to Canada my home in 1945, the Dutch Royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa the capital in gratitude for sheltering Princess Juliana and her daughters during the second World War ..............thus for the future creating The Canadian Tulip Festival.
The 'Canadian Tulip Festival'.................claims to be the world's largest Tulip Festival, with over 500,000 visitors annually. This major cultural event is held in Ottawa, Canada, over the course of 18 days in May, concluding witht he Queen Victoria Day long weekend.