Flowering Facts: Tulip Mania

Field of Flowers' Tulips in Glass Block

Flowers to go with your light foods and pastas:

While the food you serve is the showcase at your table, the flowers you choose will complete the setting.  The colors and types of flowers you choose will set the tone for your gathering.  Whether it is an elegant affair or a family picnic, flowers finish the setting with style.

For the lighter fare and with the coming of spring, we suggest tulips arranged simply in a clear vase.   Nothing says spring like tulips and otherHollandflowers.  Simple to make, yet graceful and elegant, take a bunch of tulips in your favorite color, cut ½” off the stems and drop in an 8” bubble bowl.  Tulips will last at least 3 days and  can still be displayed when fully open for a casual look.

Tulips have quite a story to tell.  Over a thousand years ago, Tulips grew wild in Persia and near Kabul with 33 different species.  The word tulip is thought to be a corruption of the Turkish word for turbans.

There are people who eat some varieties of tulip bulbs and Japan makes flour from them.  The Dutch have eaten tulips when no other food was available.

The wealthy began to purchase tulip bulbs that were brought back from Turkey by Venetian merchants.  In 1610, fashionable French ladies wore corsages of tulips, and many fabrics were decorated with tulip designs.  In the seventeenth century, a small bed of tulips was valued at 15,000-20,000 francs.  The bulbs became a currency, and their value was quoted like stocks and shares.

Tulipmania flourished between 1634-1637.  People abandoned jobs, businesses, wives, homes and lovers to become tulip growers.  It is recorded that a Dutchman paid 36 bushels of wheat, 72 of rice, 4 oxen, 12 sheep, 8 pigs, 2 barrels of wine and 4 of beer, 2 tons of butter, 1000 pounds of cheese, a bed, clothes, and a silver cup…for one Vice-Roi bulb!  Hopefully, he didn’t eat it!

The best story…after paying for a bulb with its weight in gold, the new owner heard that a cobbler possessed the same variety.  He bought the cobbler’s bulb and crushed it, to increase the value of his first bulb.

The wealthy speculated on tulip shares.  Bulbs were traded like stock using paper representation of ownership.  About ten million bulbs were represented in the market.  In 1637, speculation became illegal and many people, especially in Holland, were ruined as prices fell.

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(Note: This blog post, written by Donn F. Flipse, originally appeared as an article in Gold Coast Magazine)

Houseplants Make You Smarter!


You are probably aware that eating plants is good for you. However, what you may not know is that plants can provide benefits even if your taste buds run for cover at the first mention of spinach. New research is beginning to show that just having plants in your workspace may improve how you think.  Read more about this article:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=houseplants-make-you-smarter

 

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