Thursday, 6 June 2013

Netherlands: In the kingdom of bouquets traded

In recent weeks, for aircraft, the Dutch countryside irresistibly evokes these painters who, as Geneva Thierry Feuz, bardent their webs of bands in technicolor. To admire the fields of tulips in bloom, the best is to go to the Netherlands in May. It is precisely at this time that the largest floral park of the world - the Keukenhof-... flores 37 km from Amsterdam.
As a canvas...

As each winter, no less than 7 million bulbs are planted between October and December from the perspective of a true spring Fireworks! On 32 ha, tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, lilies, roses, carnations, iris and other orchids will provide for eight weeks a unique surge of colours and perfumes to the approximately 900,000 visitors to the gardens and pavilions. On each massive, a sign indicates the coordinates of dealer presented flowers. At the end of the season, these bulbs will be dug up for recycling in 2014.
A true tourist attraction
The origin of this major attraction dates back to the 15th century, who sees the development of a vegetable garden in a part of the field of Teylingen, property of the Countess Jacoba of Bavaria... Hence the name of Keukenhof (literally the kitchen garden). The Park will be redesigned in the 19th century by the architects of the Amsterdam Vondelpark, then transformed into exhibition space a century later.
The reign of the Tulip

This is obviously the Tulip - emblematic of the Netherlands - which is featured. It does however appear in third position on the charts of the best-selling flowers, behind rose and chrysanthemum. Born in Turkey, it is is perfectly acclimated around the sandy polder, though even she is grown now mainly under greenhouse in all seasons. Manipulated the chain and by billion, this noble bulbous Lily must submit - as a commoner vegetable - resistant the stock quote before putting it on the market. And say that it all started with a simple cooperative of growers created in 1912! In the midst of a landscape ignoring even the concreting and highways these precursors were negotiating their production at the auction. Once painted by Rembrandt, their dark outfit of notable - still worn in the post-war years - is no place.
Today, selling methods have changed...
Currently, the Middle East appears as one of the biggest consumers of flowers. But also the Japan. To properly process these plants from one end of the planet to the other, it took develop a chain of refrigerated transport involving trucks and planes. Neighbor of the main sheds floral Aalsmeer, Schipohl airport is strongly put to contribution. And now, follow me for a blitz visit (65 seconds) in this fragrant universe!
Yet a historical overview, for those who are interested: at the beginning of the 17th century that the first bulbs make their appearance on the Batavian market. While the wealthy burghers are build gardens private at the back of their House, society in general quickly passion for the creation of hybrids and varieties. Become curiosity for botanists, this sign of wealth soon stir up the lust of thieves, which no longer hesitate to enter the properties to steal it. I must say that at the height of the fabled, in February 1637, a single bulb can worth up to ten times the annual salary of a specialized craftsman!
Tulips and windmill: the emblems of a country!

But sellers soon struggle to find new buyers. Demand dropped, causing the fall in prices. It is a true speculative bubble - the first capitalist history - which just burst, leaving stunned the players in the drama. Some are in duty to honour commitments to purchase at prices ten times higher than those of the real market, others find themselves at the head of a stock of onions of tulips worth more than a fraction of price paid to acquire it. The Dutch know more in what saint to devote, each accusing the other of being responsible for the disaster. In the balance sheet: many faded hopes.
Thematic pavilions complement the visit to Keukenhof.
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