Tulips - interesting information and pictures

Tulips at the Floriade

Tulips make a real impact when planted in large numbers.
Tulips make a real impact when planted in large numbers. | Source

Here are some selected pictures of tulips from Floriade at Canberra's Commonwealth Park. Floriade is Australia's premier spring festival and a world-class floral spectacular. Every year this park is is transformed into a tapestry of color with more than a million bulbs and annuals in bloom.

Floriade runs for one month from mid September to mid October and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

If you are planning to visit Australia during September or October make sure you don't miss Canberra's famous Floriade.

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Scientific Classification

  • Kingdom: Plantae

  • Division: Magnoliophyta

  • Class: Liliopsida

  • Order: Liliales

  • Family:Liliaceae

  • Genus:Tulipa

Tulips are perennial bulbous plants growing to 10-70 centimetres or 4-27 inches tall, with a small number of strap-shaped, waxy-textured, usually glaucous green leaves. and large flowers with six petals. Tulip is a genus of about 100 species of flowering plants in the family Liliaceae.

Tulips provide a vibrant display of color.

All photos taken at the Floriade Festival in Canberra, Australia
All photos taken at the Floriade Festival in Canberra, Australia | Source

Tulip's Story

I always associated tulips from Holland. Actually, I found out from my readings that Tulips are native to Central Asia and Turkey. Here are some interesting facts:

  • 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 tulips are exported all around the world that is why people thinks that it originated from Holland.
  • Many cultivated varieties were widely grown in Turkey long before they were introduced to European gardens.
  • The flower was introduced in Western Europe and the Netherlands in the 17th century by Carolus Clusius, a famous biologist from Vienna.
  • Carolus Clusius received some bulbs from his friend, Ogier de Busbecq, the Ambassador to Constantinople (presently Istanbul). He had seen the beautiful flower growing in the palace gardens and sent a few to Clusius for his garden in Leiden. He planted them and this was the beginning of the amazing bulb fields we see today.

Beautiful Pink Tulips

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Tulipmania

In the 17th century the overgrown interest and high popularity of Tulips brought the so called "Tulipmania" in Holland.

  • 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.

A close up of white tulip

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The Tulip Era

Tulips played an interesting role, in the Turkish history.

  • The period in between 1718-1730 is called as 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 had tulip designs or shapes.
  • Large tulip gardens around the Golden Horn were frequented by the rich and elite people.
  • The Tulip Era was brought to an end after the Patrona Halil revolt in 1730, ending with the de-thronation of the Sultan.

Yellow Tulips

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Did you know?

  • The botanical name for tulips, Tulipa, is derived from the Turkish word "tulbend" or "turban", which the flower resembles. It's considered as the King of Bulbs.
  • Tulip (Tulipa) is the national flower of Turkey, Holland (The Netherlands) and Hungary.

An Array of Tulips

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Tulips come in a huge variety of colours including white, red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, and there are also bi-colors.
Tulips come in a huge variety of colours including white, red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, and there are also bi-colors.
Tulips come in a huge variety of colours including white, red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, and there are also bi-colors. | Source

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Comments 24 comments

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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Just purchased tulips at a great price but I don't know how to keep them over the winter - our ground is now frozen. Am I outta luck? Was I the sucker trying to save money?


fauziah abdullah 4 years ago

all pictures are magnificent ...I wish I could go to either Turkey or Holland to witness all the beautiful landscapes with tulips .


gogogo 4 years ago

Beautiful tulips, thanks for sharing


DEVASENA 5 years ago

I Lovvvvvve Tulip.....Thanks for the visual treat...


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shahin2011 5 years ago from banladesh

OH NICE SO BEAUTY FULL FLOWER . THANKS


alona 5 years ago

It's so very beautiful....I hope I will come in that fiestival soon...,and I really2x lovi it.. The tulips flower..One of my favorite flower in the world...


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craftybegonia 5 years ago from Southwestern, United States

I have always loved tulips. Stunning hub! Thank you.


Latchmi kaishudat 5 years ago

Pretty flowers can i grow them in guyana


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scarvesff 5 years ago

Nice Writeup.... :) i like this..Some techniques could come in handy.

I agree with everything you posted in this entry, I’m a loyal reader so please keep updating so often!

Greetings

sooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!wahh menarikk hahahaafarihah-->they r the best rite ^^

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nanthini 5 years ago

marvellous


perdita bori 5 years ago

very precious flowers want 2 see again n again........


blahgity blahger 6 years ago from USA

Absolutely beautiful! Great pics. I especially like photos 1, 2 and 4.


Revathi 6 years ago

Great collection.:)


Michael 6 years ago

The pictures are beautiful especially the first one.


selena 6 years ago

i would like to see single tulips lolz


rest 6 years ago

too good


DIVA DDDRA 6 years ago

GR8 PICTURES I PICKED ONE 4 MY PROJECT


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nikki1 6 years ago

WOw, I love ur photos. Flowers r amazing.


ivan  7 years ago

there cool


biancz 7 years ago

so much!!!!as in....they're so cute...i wish i could have those flowers...but i think it's too impossible coz i'm here in the philippines and to think that kind of flower can't live or grow in our country...


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Isela 7 years ago

I loved your pictures, I was in Amsterdam last year at the start of spring and colorful tulips brightened the still cold and grey days.


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katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Wonderful images, I love the Floriade, it is a great tapestry for photography and I did such a work myself, unfortunately I no longer have the pictures, silly me.


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MM Del Rosario 7 years ago from NSW, Australia Author

Hi Moonlake, thanks for visiting my hub, i have recently been to the Floriade last month and I have more tulips photos to publish so do come back....


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moonlake 8 years ago from America

I enjoyed your hub and the pictures of the tulips. Wish I could grow tulips like that.

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