Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tulips in Vilnius

Sunday, May 19, 2013
It's strange how the national flower of Turkey and Iran and the jewel in the crown of Holland came to be so liked in Lithuania. Every year there are several events dedicated to flowers in Lithuania and the main attraction is the tulip. We don't really know when it was first grown here, the earliest records go to XVII- XVIIIth centuries. It has been a popular symbol in decorating windows, dowry chests, sashes, scarves, bed linen, etc, etc. Tulips were liked because they were the first to bloom in spring, so they were planted where people could see them, usually lining by the house or by the fence. Some people planted them in cemeteries as well. The red variety was valued especially. One of my bucket list item is seeing the famous flower parade at Keukenhof.  Here's a small gallery of my outing with tulips in Vingis section of the botanical gardens of Vilnius university. This small place is a hidden gem in the middle of the bustling city.

Do you like tulips?

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