360º view | Tulip fields in Holland

In the minds of many people, Holland is associated with flowers, and countless fields of tulips are a symbol of this country.

Despite the fact that the shores of this country are washed by the cold North Sea, and the climate is such that even summer is not always generous in the sun and warmth, tulips delight both local residents and guests of the country with stunning colors, shapes and aromas.

The flowering period of tulips in the Netherlands falls on April-May. In their short flowering season (about 2 weeks), the whole country turns into a bright carpet, pleasing the eye with a variety of colors.

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360º view | Tulip fields in Holland

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The sandy soils characteristic of Holland were great for tulips, the flowers themselves fell in love with the Dutch, and tulip fever began in the country. New varieties were bred, there was a brisk trade, including rare bulbs at auctions.

Interesting fact

The record price for a Semper Augustus tulip bulb was 6000 florins. In those days, the average annual income of a resident of Holland was about 150 florins. Florin was minted from almost pure gold weighing 3,53 grams. By simple calculations, it can be established that the tulip cost the buyer 21 kg of gold.

Flower growing turned out to be a very profitable occupation, gradually tulips, hyacinths, irises, roses, orchids and other flowers became one of the most important sources of income for many Dutch people and for the country's economy.

360º view | Tulip fields in Holland

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Despite the fact that tulips are the most famous symbol of the Netherlands – until the middle of the 16th century, the Dutch were not familiar with these amazing flowers. Botany professor Carlos Clusius from Austria brought the first few bulbs to the country, where they, in turn, “came” from Turkey.

Clusius enthusiastically engaged in the selection of tulips and quickly achieved impressive results. The work was completed by suitable climatic conditions and soil structure, and, as a result, the whole of Holland was swept by “tulip mania”. The demand for flowers was so high that people, regardless of their social stratum, spent fortunes just to get hold of rare bulbs.

Soon "tulip mania" reached such proportions that the government was forced to intervene and put an end to speculation. In 1637 a law was passed forbidding any dealing in tulips. Prices for bulbs fell at lightning speed, bringing down the entire tulip market. The country had to recover for a long time after such a significant flower crisis, but then the enterprising Dutch found a way out: tulips began to bring good profits due to their export to other countries.

360º view | Tulip fields in Holland

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360º view | Tulip fields in Holland

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About three quarters of the tulips sold in the world are now grown in Holland. In total, more than 3 billion bulbs are grown in the country a year, most of them are exported. About 11000 hectares of land are involved in this type of business.

Fields of tulips are a fantastic sight: multi-colored stripes formed by flowers of different varieties cover the entire visible space.

It is best to look at this magical kaleidoscope from a bird's eye view, because when viewed from the air, flower fields delight the eye not only with a variety of colors, but also with an amazing geometry of lines.

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360º view | Tulip fields in Holland

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Holland – the country of tulips

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