Saturday, May 28, 2011



Most or nearly all people including me, think Tulips come from Holland, they don’t, they where first found in the time of the Ottoman Empire, which is now called Turkey and Iran.

I have never seen Tulips like the one we saw in Turkey, not only the colours of them but the size of them as well, they were beautiful and so tall, here if we grow them we look after them as if they where babies taking the best of care of them, in Turkey they grow everywhere in the streets, even on island down the centre of the road.

The Tulip is on just about everything you buy in Turkey, and the quickest way to get on someone wrong side is to say they come from Holland.

S.M. Mac Arthur ©


  1. Hello dear Sue!
    I see you've been to Turkey.
    What wonderful pictures of tulips.
    Intresssant to know that they originated from
    the Ottoman Empire. Must say, that I thought they
    originally came from Holland. Always you learn something new.
    Hope all is well with you and yours.
    Wish you a nice weekend!
    Take care
    Hugs Ann

  2. What a wonderful trip you had to Turkey, my are so right..the tulips are just many colours...and everywhere you look, there's lovely...great blog! love, Katie.

  3. Oh my they are beautiful! Lucky you to travel there.

  4. A feast for the eyes...beautiful!

    'ave a good one Sue...

  5. Wow, Sue! I had no idea :-) The photos are so beautiful...and thanks for the story of tulip history. Hugs :-)