Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker - Tulip Tree Fairy

Our stalks are very straight and tall,
Our colours clear and bright;
Too many-hued to name them all  
Red, yellow, pink, or white.

And some are splashed, and some, maybe,
As dark as any plum.
From tulip-fields across the sea
To England did we come.

We were a peaceful country's pride,
And Holland is its name.
Now in your gardens we abide  
Aren't you glad we came?

 Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker - Tulip Fairy


The association of the popular tulip with Holland has led many to believe that it is native to that country; however, the tulip was brought from Constantinople in the mid to late 1500s. The name "tulip" is derived from the Persian word "turban," which the inverted flower resembles. The tulip is a member of the lily family, and is represented by approximately 100 species, although few are found outside botanical gardens. There are many tulip types which provide the gardener with a wide variety of types of bloom, times of bloom, sizes, and colors. Tulips make a more effective display when planted in masses of one variety and color. However, a number of varieties will assure a longer season of bloom and show of color. For vivid garden displays, mix tulips with other spring bulbs, perennials, spring-flowering shrubs, and annuals. 

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