There are over 3000 different registered varieties of cultivated tulips and all are a beautiful sign of spring. Tulip festivals honor the Dutch and are huge tourist attractions, but the festivals are held all over the world, including the USA.
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Gorgeous sunrise at Woodburn. Photo by stokes rx
“Tulips FTW, New York.” The photographer added, “No true Dutchman in New York would have been able to resist this photo opportunity. Not only did we once own the place, but these Tulips are of course still © (all rights reserved) by The Netherlands ® ™.” Photo by Lambert Wolterbeek Muller
Sea of red tulips in Fraser Valley. Photo by Kyle Pearce
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. According to Wikipedia, “Variegated varieties admired during the Dutch tulipomania gained their delicately feathered patterns from an infection with the tulip breaking virus. While the virus produces fantastically colorful flowers, it also causes weakened plants prone to decline. Today the virus is almost eradicated from tulip growers’ fields. Tulips that are affected by mosaic virus are called “broken tulips”; while such tulips can occasionally revert to a plain or solid coloring, they will remain infected with the virus. While some modern varieties also display multicolored patterns, the patterns result from breeding selection for a genetic mutation.” Just the same, variegated tulips symbolize “beautiful eyes because of their gorgeous color patterns.” Photo by Peter M Graham
White peacock in the orange tulips at Keukenhof. Tulip flowers usually have 2-6 leaves, but some species have up to 12 leaves. Generally tulips have one flower per stem, yet there are a few species that have up to 4 flowers on a single stem. Photo by ♥siebe ©
Overdose on pink in South Holland. Pink tulips symbolize caring and attachment. Not all tulips are incredibly fragrant, but some species are. Good scent or not, tulips are edible. During WWII and the Dutch famine of 1944, people survived by eating tulips and sugar beets. Photo by Felix63
Serpent Garden in Japan. Tiptoe Through the Tulips “was also featured in the 2011 horror film Insidious a number of times throughout, and in the thriller film Wrecked as a radiotune. The song was also mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on page 34. Vernon Dursley was humming the song while he boarded up small cracks around the front and back doors of his house so he could stop letters from Hogwarts reaching his nephew. The song is played every year by the Holland High School marching band in the Tulip Time festival parades each May in Holland, Michigan.” Photo by Agustin Rafael Reyes
John Deere tractor parked in the Oregon tulip fields. Photo by Misserion
Dreamin’ – Hot Air Balloon Rides over the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm; it has has over 40 acres of tulips and daffodils. “Our favorite time of year is when the tulips bloom! There is nothing like the colors of our tulip fields in the spring. Every year the varieties are arranged differently in a new pattern of color as we rotate our tulip fields to a new location.” Photo by Jesse Millan
It may look like a scene from Holland, but this tulip festival was in Sakura City in Japan. Photo by hisa fujimoto
Dutch Color Fields. The photographer noted, “Flower fields in North-Holland comprising various blossoming flower species.” Photo by Peter Femto
Wooden Shoe tulip farm, tulip field during dawn, not HDR. Photo by GeoFX
Under the tulips. Photo by ♥siebe ©
“Joyful Runway.” Wikipedia states, “In Persia, to give a red tulip was to declare your love. The black center of the red tulip was said to represent the lover’s heart, burned to a coal by love’s passion.” More specifically, to give a red tulip was to say “As the redness of this flower, I am on fire with love.” And “to give a yellow tulip was to declare your love hopelessly and utterly.” Photo by Ian Sane
“The winds of Skagit.” The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington has been held every April since 1983. Photo by Ryan Heaney
Tulip fields at sunset. Did you know that tulips come in many colors, except for pure blue? Tulips with “blue” in the name usually have a violet hue. Photo by stokes rx
A colorful evening at Chicago Botanic Garden. The photographer won the Picsean World Photo contest with this photo. Photo by Sandeep Pawar
Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Oregon. Once upon a time, tulips crashed the Dutch economy. During the 1600s, tulips were so wildly popular in Holland that social status was measured by exotic tulips. “At the peak of tulip mania, in March 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. It is generally considered the first recorded speculative bubble.” Photo by Misserion
Tulip fields on Seabird Island, Agassiz, British Columbia. Tulip festivals are held in many locations around the world. These gorgeous and beautifully-fragrant flowers were once so popular that they sparked a speculative frenzy now called “tulip mania.” During this time, tulips were so expensive that they were treated as a form of currency. Photo by Dru!