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Tulip Mania!

As spring approaches, a gardener’s heart turns to flowers, and no flower is more spectacular than a brightly colored tulip.

Tulips are associated with the Netherlands, and not without reason: it there that a mania for the flower took place between 1634 and 1637. A single bulb could cost 10 times the annual wage of a skilled craftsmen, and the bulbs were treated as a form of currency. In fact, tulip mania was the first speculative frenzy.

Well, at least the flower’s beauty provides *some* justification for all the fuss.

Here’s  to the approaching spring, and the flights of fancy that will accompany it!     RT

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Engraving: Tulipa Gesneriana; artist: Holtbecker, 1655; WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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