You will read many stories about their origin depending of their colors and shapes but we can all agree that the first tulip are originates from the high plains of Central Asia.
In the 16th century Carolus Clusius, who played a major part in the Tulip’s history, came back to The Netherlands with his secret treasure.
The story says that Clusius did not want to share his knowledge with anyone and had no interest in selling the bulbs or his knowledge, preferring to keep them to himself.
Little that he knew.. his beautiful garden caught the eyes of thieves who,one evening, stole all the tulip bulbes from his garden and started the trade and commerce in The Netherlands and around the world.
Today 80% of the world production come from Netherlands! Thanks to a perfect climate for them to grow beautifully.
But Voila; we live in Norway and my love who is from The Netherlands is often missing home. Because flowers are the best love letters, I have planted an area filled with tulips under his bedroom window for him to see a little of home every morning and every evening. Because gardening is a language of love with nature but also with our loved ones.
“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten. They’re all different without trying to be. As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine. It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others, that their natural light becomes distorted.”
― Marianne Williamson