The Popularity of Tulips

IMG_2711Tulips are tall and blowsy, a garden show off, bright and fat-petaled.  There is nothing delicate about them, they command attention like boisterous children.

Although not native to the Netherlands, historically, tulips became fashionable there among the rich during a period known as The Dutch Golden Age.  The cost of bulbs reached extrodinary prices before collapsing.  Today, the Netherlands is still the world’s main producer of commercially sold tulips.

IMG_2703In my cottage garden border, the tulips put on a brilliant Spring show.  They definitely took centre stage, nudging out the other more demure flowers. But their petals have faded and their time is definitely over, making way for the Summer blooms.