Tulip - an expensive oriental guest
Persia is the birthplace of not only countless fairy tales, soft carpets and delicate fabrics. In this beautiful country the flower began, which still represents the freshness of the coming spring, grace, love and tenderness.
In the distant past, Prince Farhad ruled over Persia, but none of the local beauties could touch his heart. And only beautiful Shirin, the niece of the ruler of Armenia, with her kindness, mercy and desire to help people, attracted the attention of the prince. Even her hand, she promised to give to someone who will help save the country from drought. Sincere and strong love of the prince broke through the mountain, which blocked the way to the river, and allowed to achieve the love of the beautiful Shikhrin. The prince began preparing for the wedding. And then the remaining applicants for the heart of Shikhrin, who did not work, started an evil one. They arrived at Farkhad just before Shikhrin arrived and told of the sudden death of his bride. Out of himself from grief, the prince jumped on his horse, galloped up the mountain and jumped into the ravine, now without imagining his life without a lover. Falling, he crashed, and wherever his blood sprinkled the earth, unprecedented flowers have blossomed.
The Persians gave him the name "Toliban", because its buds looked very much like the national headdress - the turban. Poets glorified the beauty of the tulip, comparing the lines of buds with the bows of the eastern beauties, and the velvety petals with the tenderness of the skin on their cheeks. You can order this beautiful flower in Kiev with the help of the flower delivery service in Kiev.
From Persia, the tulip migrated to Turkey. In the Ottoman Empire, he was affectionately called "lala". And until now one of the favorite female names in the East is Lala. It was in Turkey that the breeding and selection of tulips came very seriously. This was done by selected gardeners and flowers grew only in the gardens of the Great Sultan. To sell flowers and bulbs, and even more so to export from the country, was strictly forbidden.
Despite this, the ambassador of the Emperor of Austria in 1554 still contrived to bribe the gardener of the Sultan's garden and took a number of bulbs to Vienna. Director of the Vienna Garden Charles de l'Ecluse became interested in an unusual flower and began to actively engage in its selection, and even sent seeds and bulbs to his colleagues in other countries. Yes, and the merchants in five to ten years began to import expensive bulbs in Europe. So the tulip came to France and Germany, where it was first cultivated at the royal courts and the gardens of high-ranking individuals, and where a bouquet of tulips became a symbol of wealth and nobility.
And then the same Carlos Clusius brought the bulbs that had become fashionable flowers to England, and then to Holland. And then in the country, proud of its cheeses, a real "tulip boom" began, which after decades nearly led the whole state to collapse completely. The country, which was importing from the colonies and selling spices, tobacco, rare fruits and vegetables to Europe, suddenly switched to growing and selling tulips.
And, despite the fact that the tulip was born in the lands of the Far East, it was Holland that since then is considered a country of tulips and is famous for the abundance of their varieties on huge variegated fields.