The photo was taken while laying on the ground in a tulip field at a garden show.
Tulips are a genus of spring-blooming perennial bulbiferous flowers. They are usually large, showy and brightly coloured (red, pink, yellow, or white). They have a long history of cultivation. The tulip is a member of the lily family.
The name "tulip" is thought to be derived from a Persian word for turban. Tulips originally were found in areas with temperate climates in a band stretching from Southern Europe to the steppes of Central Asia. Tulips were cultivated in Constantinople as early as 1055. While tulips had probably been cultivated in Persia from the tenth century, they did not come to the attention of the West until the 16th century, when Western diplomats to the Ottoman court introduced them into Europe. They became a frenzied commodity during tulip mania in the 17th century. Tulips were frequently depicted in Dutch Golden Age paintings and have become associated with the Netherlands as the major producer for world markets.
Breeding programmes have produced thousands of hybrid and cultivars in addition to the original species. They are popular throughout the world, both as ornamental garden plants and as cut flowers.
Copyright by Rudi Prott.
July 2nd, 2012
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