Cars not Tulips! While in Camperdown I captured these Tulips in the Camperdown Botanic Garden. Located behind the caravan park on top of the crater about 4kms from Camperdown main street. At the back of the gardens, you can view the twin volcanic lakes of Bullen Meri and Gnotuk. The Gardens and Arboretum have a number of rare trees. It would be a great location for shoot, so maybe next year.
- There are over 150 species of tulips with over 3,000 different varieties.
- Their flower buds are known for being almost perfectly symmetrical.
- Most sprout a single flower bud, but a few varieties have up to four on a single stem.
- Tulips are part of the lily family.
- Only bloom for 3-7 days in the spring.
- You can find tulips in almost any colour.
- Different coloured flowers have different meanings. Red flowers symbolise true love while purple represents loyalty. Make a mistake? White mean “I’m sorry.”
- Said to signal the arrival of spring.
- They are native to central Asia but didn’t really become popular until reaching the Netherlands.
- The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation uses a tulip as its symbol.
- They were once the most expensive flower…
- And in the 1600s, they were even said to cost 10 times more than a working man’s average salary in the Netherlands, making them more valuable than some homes. The time period where the flower was so expensive (around 1634 to 1637) is now known as “Tulip Mania.”
- The petals are edible and can be used in place of onions in many recipes.
- The Netherlands is the world’s largest commercial producer of tulips, with around three billion exported each year.
- If you cut them, they’ll continue to grow in your vase for at least another inch.
- According to The New York Times, the best time to plant the bulbs is in the fall so they can grow roots before it gets too cold.