Can you imagine, between 1624 and 1637, that something we moderns call "tulipmania" swept the Netherlands. Fortunes were made and lost using tulip bulbs as investments.
It is estimated that, at the peak of tulipmania, an average tulip bulb cost more than what a typical skilled tradesman made in an entire year.
Then, the bubble burst, and we were left with tulips for beauty instead of tulips as financial instruments.Fortunately, we don't have to go bankrupt to own a tulip - we just need to own a small piece of land, and live in an appropriate climate. And, can keep the squirrels or some other animals from eating them.
If you look at some of these tulip pictures, imagine each of these flowers costing a fortune. These pictures were all taken this past week - some yesterday.
Tulips I posted yesterday, and I am going to post again, because I love them so much.
Let's see, at $48,000 each, we would have a lot of rich gardeners out there.
Tulip flowers - priceless.
What is your favorite flower?