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Monday, March 5, 2012



This week was my Milestone Birthday. I had received so many beautiful flowers that I had to post some of them for all to enjoy their beauty. 

Since winter is almost over they were such a treat, because I love flowers..... They remind me of Spring which is just around the corner.

Tulips being my favourite flower, I received quite a few along with the other flowers.

 This year I hope to pay a visit to the Canadian Tulip Festival, because Tulips are my favourite flower.

The Canadian Tulip Festival is a tulip festival, held annually in May in Ottawa and Gatineau, Canada. The festival claims to be the world's largest tulip festival, displaying over one million tulips, with attendance of over 500,000 visitors annually. Large displays of tulips are planted throughout the city, and the largest display of tulips is found in Commissioners Park on the shores of Dow's Lake, and along the Rideau Canal with 300,000 tulips planted there alone. 

Reason why Canada has so many Tulips is because in 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years during the German occupation of the Netherlands, in the Second World War.

The most noteworthy event during their time in Canada was the birth in 1943 of Princess Margriet to Princess Juliana at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The maternity ward was declared to be officially a temporary part of international territory, so that she would be born in no country and would inherit only her Dutch citizenship from her mother. In 1946, Juliana sent another 20,500 bulbs requesting that a display be created for the hospital, and promised to send 10,000 more bulbs each year.

  Tulips of Turkey.
(source; Allaboutturkey.com)

Everybody thinks that tulips come from Holland. Actually, Tulips are native to Central Asia and Turkey. In the 16th Century they were brought to Holland from Turkey, and quickly became widely popular. Today Tulips are cultivated in Holland in great numbers and in huge fields. Dutch bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, are exported all around the world so people think that it's originated from there as well. In fact many cultivated varieties were widely grown in Turkey long before they were introduced to European gardens.

In the 17th century the overgrown interest and high popularity of Tulips brought a sort of "Tulipmania" in Holland. Especially in 1637 bulbs were highly praised and prices gone up day by day reaching extraordinary numbers. Bulbs were sold by weight, usually while they were still in the ground. Some examples could cost more than a house at this time. The Dutch government unsuccessfully tried to outlaw this commerce but couldn't do anything to stop it, the trade was all about access and demand. But the end of the game came quick: Over-supply led to lower prices and dealers went bankrupt and many people lost their savings because of the trade, and the tulip market crashed.

Also in the Turkish history tulips played an interesting role. The period in our history between 1718-1730 is called the "Tulip Era", under the reign of sultan Ahmed III. This period is also expressed as an era of peace and enjoyment. Tulips became and important style of life within the arts, folklore and the daily life. Many embroidery and textile clothing handmade by woman, carpets, tiles, miniatures etc. had tulip designs or shapes, large tulip gardens around the Golden Horn were frequented by upscale people, and so on. Also, the first printing house was founded by Ibrahim Müteferrika in Istanbul. The Tulip Era was brought to an end after the Patrona Halil revolt in 1730, ending with the de-thronation of the Sultan.

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  1. The Tulip festival in Ottawa is wonderful. I took my boy the May long weekend, all the museums and such really welcome visitors. The gardens are awesome. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers too. Hope you get there.

    1. I hope to get there this spring. i hear they arejust gorgeous the Tulips there.

  2. Lovely flower photos. I'm the same as you; a huge fan of tulips. I wish they lasted longer when they're in bloom but at least it means we get to look forward to them each year. :)

    1. I just love Tulips, my garden has lots. But sometimes them darn squirrels dig out the bulbs..... We have a lot of squirrels in my backyard due to the Crab apple trees we have.

  3. I don't know how many arguments I've had with people when I tell them that tulips originated in Turkey and they insist they didn't.

    What beautiful flowers...happy birthday...and the photos are lovely.

    1. ...same here I tell people they originate from Turkey and they say NO they are from Holland. Well then I have to tell them the history.
      Thanks for the bday wishes. Hope you are not taking the Dolmus today. :-)

  4. Oh, how wonderful that you got all these beautiful flowers for your birthday! You deserve every beautiful petal.