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 thinks 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 Tulip played an interesting role. The period in our history 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 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.
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
There are early, mid, and late blooming varieties of tulips. They come in a huge variety of bright colors, including white, yellow, pink, red, black, purple, orange, bi-colors, and more. There are a profusion of mixed colors to select from, too. A special breed from Manisa is called as Anemon
Tulips should be planted as soon as they are purchased in the fall. But they can also be forced to bloom indoors during winter months. After blooming, let the plant continue to grow until it dies off. During the post bloom period, the plant is sending energy to the bulb to store for use next spring.
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greek (7594) 2008-08-02 4:34
lal...cok seviyor ! very nice colourful capture, nice composition and useful note, galantis
itchymacnitt (4) 2008-08-02 5:00
super colours and an excellent detailed history.
papagolf21 (107955) 2008-08-02 5:03
Bonjour, cher Kadir,
Que serait la terre sans les fleurs ?
Ce champ de tulipes se mélangeant à l'arrière-plan avec d'autres plantes fleuries est d'une réelle beauté. Je voudrais bien pouvoir réaliser de telles plantations dans mon jardin !
Une photo haute en couleur, très bien vue.
hatti52 (12786) 2008-08-02 6:15
renkler ve netlik sahane
Nicou (149698) 2008-08-02 8:44
quel pastel de couleur font cces tulipes, une vrai merveille, ces couleurs sont slpendidie, vraiment un très belle compo.
Bravo et amitié
glasscafe (1040) 2008-08-02 9:13
Great colours and good composition! Congratulations the image.
Best Regards from Madrid!
dip (23890) 2008-08-02 10:05
a good clear multicolored photo with good lighting and sharpness,
gracious (20025) 2008-08-02 11:08
Many thanks for the most useful and infomative notes regarding Tulips in Turkey!
This is a very nice image with good depth on the Tulips, not to mention the beauty of the colouration!
great job well done with thanks
greeting from NZ
emjleclercq (15780) 2008-08-02 23:32
Very interesting note about the history of tulips, and plenty of colors.
All the best,
hay_kes (31439) 2008-08-02 23:48
Merhaba Kadir Bey,
rengarenk ve cıvıl cıvıl bir paylaşım.Tebrikler,
bakes888 (18499) 2008-08-03 0:35
Hi Kadir. Great photo. Wonderful colours and detail. Well composed to make the most of the colour. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good Sunday.
PS excellent note!
marietom (34609) 2008-08-03 3:56
De belles touches de couleurs, une image gaie. Bien vu.
lc4giala (2190) 2008-08-03 4:57
Very beautiful and multicoloured tulips, good and romantic idea.
best regards George.
capthaddock (28790) 2008-08-03 18:19
Fantastic color spectrum. there is a slight blue cast on my monitor though, very pretty flowers.
ifanik (21679) 2008-08-03 21:56
Very beautiful colourful picture
Nice POV as well
danos (102474) 2008-08-04 4:37
nice presentation of this colorful 'carpet' of tulips.Informative your note about the place of birth of tulips as the beautiful colors and light that fall on them.Well done.
Have a nice week,Danos
alibasarir (15580) 2008-08-04 8:11
merhaba kadir bey
lalelerin görüntüleri inanılmaz güzel.özellikle renklerdeki canlılık harika elinize sağlık.
Scharan (14144) 2008-08-04 17:08
Uma foto feita de cores mágicas que me encantam...tulipas são flores belas e delicadas, um belo registro Kadir, meus parabéns!
toto (0) 2008-08-05 0:59
belle photo de ce champ de tulippes, bien colorées, bien nettes.
Ces fleurs de couleur mauve donne un plus a votre photo qui est magnifique.
COSTANTINO (68848) 2008-08-05 1:05
Merhaba my friend,
Fantastic photo with fantastic flowers..
This photo is nice composition,very nice colourful capture
good shot well seen and well done
thanks for sharing
lrw1966 (1632) 2008-08-05 8:48
Tulips, one of my wife's favorites. She passes along her, Congratulations.
Love the colors, clarity and presentation.
Wonderful note, thanks
Congratulations, nicely done.
Budapestman (82620) 2008-08-06 2:26
Fabled atmosphere with beautiful colours. The framing is excellent and the composition is very spectacular. Congratulations. Have a nice day
zeca (19762) 2008-08-10 20:38
Its always nice to see the beautiful tulips! And you got wonderful colours! Well taken!
anokutan (15097) 2008-08-11 10:14
Kadir bey merhaba,
Lalelerin görüntüsü muhteşem.Selamlar.
Cretense (68703) 2008-08-13 11:34
Fantastic nature photography, like a painting! Great framing and amazing, brilliant colour pallete! Congratulations!
jhm (158854) 2008-08-17 3:05
You write a very good note, indeed tulips are a Turkish product, but the Dutch are now the specialists in this matter, I life on 5 km of the Netherlands borders and see a lot Netherlands tulips.
Excellent colour pallet with thse lovely diffenrent colours.
Very well done, TFS.
Heva nice day,
kermit350 (9016) 2008-10-07 0:28
Merhaba Kadir, Very beautiful and original this capture of splendid perfectly aligned colors, c' is bright colors, I am surprised, but satisfied to have learned that it is splendid flower comes Central Asia, I realize that many plants one imported since they is remote areas towards the whole world, arkadacça selamlar ..................Merhaba Kadir, Très belle et originale cette capture de magnifiques couleurs parfaitement alignées, c'est éclatant de couleurs, je suis surpris, mais satisfait d’avoir apprit que c’est fleur magnifique vienne Asie centrale, je m’aperçois que beaucoup de végétaux on été importé depuis c’est régions lointaines vers le monde entier, arkadacça selamlar