Ah, the tulip! It could hardly be more Dutch, you might think, but the tulip is actually ancient Iranian, ancient Afghan and ancient Kazakhstani. Nomads took the colorful flowers to Turkey, where tough sultans wore them on their turban. This is how the flower got its name: 'tulipan' means turban.
COLORS AND SHAPES FRESH TULIPS
The always cheerful tulip is available in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green or with multi-coloured petals. The shapes of the tulip are also a feast for the eyes. You will find them with a single or double row of petals, there are also striking frilled and parakeet tulips with serrated petals and there is the playful lily tulip. Peony tulips resemble sisters of peonies and French tulips, unlike most French tulips, are particularly tall and have very large flowers.
SYMBOLIC OF FRESH TULIPS
If you gave away a tulip in the sixteenth century, you gave that person wealth. At that time, the flower was immensely popular and a speculative trade in tulip bulbs arose. For the price of one tulip bulb you bought an entire canal house in Amsterdam. A nice forest now only costs a few euros, but the symbolism has increased in value. If you give tulips, you also give a message. For example, red tulips mean impetuous love and with black tulips you say: 'I love you so much that I want to sacrifice everything.' So you don't just give them away.
ORIGIN OF FRESH TULIPS
Tulips can be found in the wild in North Africa and Southern Europe as far as northwest China. With the greatest diversity in three different mountain ranges in Central Asia: the Pamir, the Tian Shan and Hindu Kush. The climate here is ideal for tulips because of the cold winters, long springs with cold nights and a dry summer. Tulips need a cold night and a cold winter to grow, so they cannot be grown in a warm climate.