Spring fever rages at our humble home. Warm, sunny days and soft breezes encourage lazy lounging on lawns and stir wanderlust. Cooper takes every opportunity to enjoy my lawn mowing skills. I anticipate green tree canopies within the week. Our tulips are at their best and bring much delight. I can imagine the pleasure the hearty tulips brought to the Dutch after their long and cold winter seasons.
Tulips make their first appearance in Europe by the mid-16th Century. One hundred years later the Dutch are so enamored with tulips that a Tulpenmanie (tulip mania) sweeps the Netherlands. At the height of the mania it’s not unusual for certain single tulip bulbs to sell for more than 10 times the annual salary of a skilled worker. In February 1637 the speculative bubble bursts. The lovely tulip is responsible for the first recorded burst of an economic bubble.
© Ilija Lukić 2011
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