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Tulips For Jessica Simpson

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Born July 10, 1980, singer Jessica Simpson can claim the lovely 
spring tulip as her birth flower. Fortunately for her, her rise 
to popularity didn't involve the treachery and intrigue that the 
tulip's rise did.

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Tulips For Jessica Simpson
Copyright © 2006 Wesley Berry
Wesley Berry Flowers

Born July 10, 1980, singer Jessica Simpson can claim the lovely 
spring tulip as her birth flower. Fortunately for her, her rise 
to popularity didn't involve the treachery and intrigue that the 
tulip's rise did.

Once a wild flower in Central Asia, the tulip began its life as a 
domestic flower around 1000 AD when the Turks began planting and 
growing it. (The term "tulip" is derived for the Turkish word for 
turban.) Then, in 1593, biologist Carolus Clusius introduced the 
tulip to Western Europe and the Netherlands when he planted 
the first bulb in Holland. Clusius was the director of Hortus 
Botanicus in Leiden, which was the oldest botanical garden in 
Europe. While working for the University of Leiden to research 
medicinal plants, he received a gift of some bulbs from his 
friend Ogier de Busbecq, the Ambassador to Constantinople.

It wasn't long before the tulip gained amazing popularity as a 
decorative gardening flower. It became one of the most heavily 
traded products, especially in Holland. Because the tulip was so 
popular, its bulbs commanded an astounding price on the market. 
During the height of its popularity in late 1636 and early 1637, 
tulip bulbs sold for such high prices that they sometimes cost 
more than the houses they were grown around! They were so coveted 
that there are reports of a single bulb commanding a price of 
$1,500 worth of goods. People were so crazy for tulips that they 
sometimes sold their businesses, homes, livestock, and dowries to 
cash in on the tulip-trading craze. Unfortunately, with the laws 
of supply and demand being what they are, the market could only 
hold up so long and when it crashed it took many traders down 
with it causing mass bankruptcies and loss of savings. The crash 
was so significant that it lead to special governmental rules 
concerning the trading of tulips.

Today tulips continue to be a very popular, but thankfully they 
don't command such a high price. Bulbs are usually planted in the 
fall, with October being the best month for planting to yield 
flowers in the spring. They come in a wide array of colors and 
varieties. Planting a few different types of tulips that bloom at 
different times from late March to late May can allow for 
beautiful flowers for up to six weeks.

Tulips make wonderful flowers for cutting and displaying in a 
vase. They do best in clean water and the stems should be trimmed 
one to two inches every couple of days to keep them fresh for a 
longer period of time. Tulips continue to grow even after they're 
cut, so they may twist and bend due to the weight of the blossom 
and its desire to move toward light sources. This unique trait 
makes them easy to arrange and fun to observe, as they look a 
bit different every day. 

Wesley Berry is the President of Wesley Berry Flowers, 
a successful multi-million dollar business that was 
established in 1946. He is also the Headmaster of the 
Professional Florists' Institute, a floral design school 
located in Michigan. Visit Wesley Berry Flowers on the 
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