A Sea of Colors - Flowers of Holland

Since the 17th century Holland has been the largest flower producing region. Not only is Holland a producer of tulips but they also produce daffodils, hyacinths, narcissus, crocuses and orchids. And each of these flowers are produced in an array of types and colors. From brilliant purples to stunning oranges and everything in between!

Originally cultivated in the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey), tulips were imported into Holland in the sixteenth century. When Carolus Clusius wrote the first major book on tulips in 1592, they became so popular that his garden was raided and bulbs stolen on a regular basis. As the Dutch Golden Age grew, so did this curvaceous and colorful flower. They became popular in paintings and festivals. In the mid-seventeenth century, tulips were so popular that they created the first economic bubble, known as "Tulip Mania" (tulipomania). As people bought up bulbs they became so expensive that they were used as money until the market in them crashed. (1)

And when you come upon an entire field of brilliant colors, seas of yellow and pink and red, you completely understand why these bulbs are so sought after, they truly are a work of art by mother nature!

(1) http://www.holland.com/us/tourism/article/history-of-tulips-in-holland.htm

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