Article: Stalking the Wild Tulip: Beautiful!

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Image Stalking the Wild Tulip
By Larry Rettig on April 20, 2011

Where did tulips originate? ...Holland? The Dutch are certainly known for their tulips, but no. ...Turkey? That’s closer.

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ImageSharon
Apr 20, 2011 5:50 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
And a wealth of information.

Amazing when you think of it, the adventures our plants have had in getting to us. It should make us feel like a part of history and should create within us the need to nurture our plants even more carefully than we do.

Thank you for a wonderful history lesson.
I absolutely love tulips!
ImageLarryR
Apr 21, 2011 9:55 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Thank you, Sharon. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. It was an interesting voyage for the tulip and for me, as a researcher, as well.
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ImageZanymuse
Apr 21, 2011 12:19 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Your articles are beginning to make me believe that Kazakhstan may be the location of Eden's remnants.
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Imagevic
Apr 21, 2011 1:14 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
What a wonderful and informative article! WOW!

I LOVE tulips too! Thumbs up

vic
ImageLarryR
Apr 21, 2011 2:22 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
This second connection to Kazakhstan certainly gave me pause, Brenda. I wonder what other plants can be traced to that country. I know that I'm going to keep looking!
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ImageLarryR
Apr 21, 2011 2:32 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Thanks, Vicki, for that enthusiastic compliment. Smiling Glad you enjoyed the article. Tulips certainly are a garden treasure. I don't think there's another plant that comes in so many colors, shapes, and sizes. Some of the newer hybrids even have decorative leaves. There are some with white edges and some with interesting mottling. Here are some that are just getting ready to bloom in our gardens:

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As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


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ImageMaridell
Apr 22, 2011 8:35 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
Larry your articles are always a wealth of information. Thank you!
ImageLarryR
Apr 22, 2011 10:22 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
You're welcome, Maridell! Glad you enjoyed the article.
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


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Imagebillc
Apr 22, 2011 1:37 PM CST
Name: Bill
New Windsor, NY
What an interesting and informative article. Thanks for the lesson on origins.

Bill
ImageLarryR
Apr 22, 2011 7:21 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
You're welcome, Bill. Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed the article. Positive comments from my readers encourage me to keep learning about the world of gardening and sharing what I find.
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


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Imagedahlianut
Apr 28, 2011 2:56 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Thanks for a luvly article on one my of fav spring bulbous things Larry. Tulip have such an interesting history. We also have a wondeoous cubit on tulips now http://cubits.org/Tulipa/ where you can see some more wonderful photographs of species tulips Smiling
ImageLarryR
Apr 29, 2011 9:58 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Thanks for letting me know about the tulip cubit, dahlia. I'll check it out shortly.
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


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KAMasud
Jul 19, 2013 9:08 AM CST
Name: Arif Masud
Alpha Centauri.
When someone says Turkey minds shift to current day Turkey. 1000 years back the shape of Turkey was not the shape of current day Turkey which in those days was just an outpost until the Crusades and Constantinople. 1000 years back the principle seat of power were Bukhara and Samarkand which included current day Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, etc.
This trouble spot for current day China Xinjiang was also a part of the Turkish Empire.
http://www.google.co.uk/#output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=chin...
Considering that The Turkish Empire also held Saudi Arabia and it's surroundings(another story of perfidy by the British, Lawrence of Arabia fame) . Fantastic as to how the areas of the once Turkish Empire are up in flames again Rolling on the floor laughing . A matter of chickens coming home to roost.
Regards I tip my hat to you. ,
Arif.

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