It usually begins the 21st of March but since 2012 is a leap year, Spring this year comes one day in advance – the 20th!
And with Springtime, the most awaited bloom is the tulip.
Did you know that after roses and chrysanthenums, tulips come THIRD as the most popular flowers of all time!
The Tulip was originally a wild flower growing in the Central Asia and were first cultivated by the Turks as early as 1,000 AD.
The flower was introduced in westen Europe and the Netherlands in the 17th century by Carolus Clusius, a famous biologist from Vienna.
In the 1590’s he became the director of the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, the oldest botanical garden of Europe, founded in 1587. He was hired by the University of Leiden to research medicinal plants and while doing so he got some bulbs from Turkey from his friend Ogier Ghiselain de Busbecq, the ambassador of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul).
He had seen the beautiful flower, called tulip after the Turkish word for turban, grow in the palace gardens and sent a few to Clusius for his garden in Leiden
He planted them and this was the start of the amazing bulb fields we can see today.www.kokachi.com/tulip.html
It has been crossbred non-stop and now comes in countless colours and variations.
The Tulip is propagated mainly by bulb offsets, sometimes by seed.
Although they are identified with The Netherlands, millions of tulips are also grown all over the world.