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Nederland - bloembollenland

Today the Netherlands produces billions of flower bulbs each year (of which two thirds are exported worldwide).The business of growing flower bulbs began almost 400 years ago, and

The first Dutch flower bulbs grew in Leiden, in the botanical garden of the university. They were planted there by Carolus Clusius, a scientist who wrote the first major book on tulips in 1592. Leiden was the first bulb region of the Netherlands, but initially the tulips did not leave Clusius's botanical garden. Only after a theft cultivation could spread.

Once, the value of tulips was enormous. They were imported to the Netherlands from Turkey in the mid-16th century and gradually seized the passions of rich Dutchmen. In the Dutch Golden Age tulips became popular in paintings and festivals; tulip collecting amongst the elites became a popular pastime. In the mid-17th century, tulips were so popular that they created the first economic bubble, known as "Tulip Mania" (tulipomania). As people bought up bulbs, they became so expensive that they were used as money until the market in them crashed. But the Netherlands is still the centre for the trade of flowers and bulbs.
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52 comments

Madeleine Defawes said:

Superbes images des champs de tulipes !
Bonne semaine. Amitiés
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Guy Bacca (guybac) said:

J'aime beaucoup la totalité des photos présentées dans cette série. Les cadrages sont tous bien vus et les couleurs magnifiques + excellent historique
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* said:

quel bonheur de les revoir sur ces étendues*******************de ,toutes les couleurs ! des merveilles ! merci Jaap !***********************
belle semaine mon ami, sereine et en santé♫
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Patrick Brandy said:

Magnifique série la prise de vue est vraiment réussi bonne journée
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Julien Rappaport said:

Un feu d'artifice **********
7 weeks ago ( translate )

neira-Dan said:

J'aime ces prises par dessous ou de côté en gros plan
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

I remember field after field of wonderful, colourful tulips on my visit to your country Jaap. A fabulous series. Wishing you a good new week.
7 weeks ago

Percy Schramm said:

Really fantastic different colours. Wish you a fine week ahead, Jaap !
7 weeks ago

Andy Rodker said:

Gorgeous colour!
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Schussentäler said:

wunderschön leuchtende Tulpenfelder
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Günter Klaus said:

Wow,das sind wieder richtig leuchtende Aufnahmen lieber Jaap,herrlich hast du auch die Perspektiven verändert:))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Nachmittag,ganz liebe Grüße Güni:))
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Helena Ferreira said:

Perfectly taken!
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Keith Burton said:

I've been wondering when you were going to post some images of tulips Jaap............and it's been well worth the wait...........because this little series is stunning!

Wonderful colours, fantastic detail and all superbly composed and taken. Besides the main image, I especially like the images in the third and last PiPs.
7 weeks ago

J.Garcia said:

Every year they paint the fields with amazing colors!
Extraordinary beauty!
Stunning series, Jaap!
Thanks also for note!
7 weeks ago

RHH said:

Beautiful. The Dutch growers own fields in the Skagit Valley here.
7 weeks ago