Tulips

Popular Spring Flower Tulips Facts 

Tulip(Tulipa), is a genus of single seed-lobe plants from the Lilium family (Liliaceae). Originally, the flower  comes from Hungary.  By conquests of Süleyman I this area came under Ottoman influence.  This was the reason that the flower ended up in Turkey.

Later it was spotted in Turkey itself, where it became a popular spring flower, for the Turks a symbol of life and fertility.  In 1562 the tulip entered Europe via Antwerp.  Around 1593, the first flowers turned up in the Netherlands.  The first documented specimen were planted by Carolus Clusius in the Botanical garden of Leiden, founded and lead by him since 1593.  The forest tulip (Tulipa sylvestris) is the only specimen to be found as wild plants and has become established since the 19th century.
Ottoman sultans wore a tulip on their turban as a symbol. The name tulip stems from the Persian word ‘tulipan’ which means turban.
Tulip bulbs can be bought in virtually all colors, including a purple so deep that it looks black. And by planting a selection of varieties of this perennial, we can enjoy their beauty from early spring through early summer.
Tulips do best in areas with dry summers and cold winters. The brightly colored, upright flowers may be single or double, and vary in shape from simple cups, bowls, and goblets to more complex forms. They are excellent in beds and borders; many types are good for forcing into bloom indoors, and most are excellent for cut flowers.
Although tulips are a perennial, many gardeners treat them as annuals, to be planted anew each year. The North American climate and soil can’t replicate the ancient Anatolian and southern Russian conditions of their birth. Gardeners in our western mountain regions come closest to this climate.
The Tulip in the Netherlands.
 
The Netherlands are famous for their cultivated tulips and is one of the most dominating countries in export of tulips and tulip bulbs. Traditionally, in spring, the Keukenhof in Lisse organises an exhibition of millions of tulips.  This is visited very well by mainly tourists.
Furthermore, busloads of tourists come to the Netherlands every year to see the tulip fields in bloom.  Most visited are the more traditional fields along the dunes of Zuid-Holland and the West- Frisian polders.
However, most tulips can be found in the Noordoostpolder, the Flevo polder and the Northern sand area (surroundings Breezand, Anna Paulowna and Julianadorp) .  Also on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee and in Eastern and Southern Flevoland tulip fields can be found.
In the village of Limmen (North-Holland), you find the Hortus Bulborum.  The biggest gene bank for bulbous plants.  In this garden there are more than 3.500 different kinds of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other mostly historical spring bulbous plants.

What are Chrysanthemums?

Chrysanthemums – What are they?

Chrysanthemums or popularly known as ‘mums’ come from the Greek word ‘Chrys’ meaning golden (the color of the original flowers), and ‘anthemon’, meaning flower.

Chrysanthemums bloom in various forms and colors with different classifications on size and shapes. They can be daisy like spread or like small buttons or round miniature balls. They bloom in various colors and most popular ones are white, yellow and pink!
Chrysanthemums are very cheerful and bright happy flowers and they are very popular amongst florists worldwide. They symbolise freedom, joy and happiness.
Chrysanthemums are a bunch of many flowers around a central flat disk of flowers surrounded by longer petals of flowers. There are many different types of chrysanthemums ranging from sprays, to spiders, to button shaped or umbrella shaped flowers.
Chrysanthemums are tropical in nature and they originated from Eurasian regions. Chrysanthemums belong to the Asteraceae branch of flower family, which is one of the largest families of flowering plants with about 20,000 species.
Chrysanthemums are well suited for gardens and patio’s and can brighten up a dull driveway as well. It can be used to decorate a house terrace as well.
Chrysanthemum flavoured tea is very popular and it is mainly used as a relaxant.
They are not specific to any season as such and can be grown in almost any kind of soil but they bloom the best in sunny weather. High rainfall can be detrimental to the growth of these flowers and hence benefit from area’s that experience low rainfall during the monsoon seasons.Chrysanthemum plants flower in about three months after sowing. Chrysanthemums have a long flowering period.
Florists such as us use chrysanthemums extensively in bouquets to bright out the form and highlight the main flowers that are used in the bouquet. Bright coloured chrysanthemums can elevate any dull looking bouquet and they go well in almost any style of bouquet. Using a bunch of bright yellow or mixing bright yellow with white or pink and putting it in a vase can make for one really stunning combination bouquet and would look dainty and classy at the same time.
At May Flower you will find all different ranges of chrysanthemums, both grown nationally and imported from regions that produce different varieties and colors. If you go thru any of our sections you will see use of chrysanthemums in almost all of the bouquets that are delivered to India.

Flower Auction – Holland

Flower Auction in Holland

The Netherlands became the birthplace of the floriculture sector more than a century ago. In recent years, however, horticultural production has been increasing outside of Europe. It’s a trend that will continue in the coming years. The horticultural world is becoming increasingly internationalized, digitized and virtualized.

The unique combination of specialized growers, collective trading platforms and specialist traders in sales and distribution create a cast-iron international supply and marketing system. Professional transport organisations strengthen the logistics function within that system.

Co-operation between all these parties is the powerful instrument that makes the competitive position of the Dutch horticultural industry unique. It makes Flora Holland the gateway to international trade.

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Flora Holland

Flora Holland is a co-operative organisation of and for growers of horticultural products. As a sales organisation, we are expanding a strong international trading platform in the interest of our members. The exceptional combination of our market places and sales support services allows us to help growers in doing business with their customers.
We focus on achieving maximum returns for our members by contributing to high sales revenues at low sales costs.
In the short and long term. Our ambition is to use our services to improve the market position of our members by:
• expanding an international service network to bringing together supply and demand
• adding value and strengthening distinctive qualities in the sales and marketing of flowers and plants
• reinforcing the central position of the Dutch horticultural cluster in the international market
• ensuring an efficient, capable and thriving organisation

Core values of Flora-Holland

Service, Sustainability, Boldness and Clarity are the four core values of Flora-Holland. Our objective is for all employees to use these concepts to underpin their actions.
• Service for our customers
• Sustainable in our relationships
• Bold in our trading
• Clear in our communication
International trade in plants and flowers is growing. This trend will continue for the coming years, thanks in part to the digitisation and virtualisation of the horticultural world.
FloraHolland is expanding an international service network to bring together the supply and demand of horticultural products. Thanks to intensive collaboration between all parties in the horticultural sector, we provide the gateway to international trade.

Flora-Holland as a Trading platform

Flora Holland has a number of market places with an auction clock sales system and a solid logistics network. The focus in Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk and Rijnsburg is primarily on exporting customers. In Bleiswijk and Eelde, the focus is on the domestic market. Veiling Rhein-Maas (Herongen, D) is collaboration between FloraHolland and Landgard. Flora Holland also supports the outlets by providing an intermediary organisation and customised services such as concept development, personal sales, product promotion and market information.

Green-ports in Netherlands

Collaboration is also evident in the various Green-ports. They are horticultural locations of national importance. All links and support companies together form a strong cluster. The Netherlands has five Green-ports, in which all parties are represented. Green-ports are excellent platforms to conduct joint initiatives and to lobby. For example, for better accessibility and more space.

Green-port Holland

Green-port Holland serves the national interest, and Flora Holland is proud to be on its Board. But we work in other ways to build a strong horticultural sector. For example, by setting up joint projects between agricultural education centers and the horticultural world.
Flora Holland is constantly talking to policy-makers, politicians and directors about themes such as sustainability, mobility, use of space, innovation and education. Flora Holland is actively involved in developing chain-wide solutions in areas such as logistics, e-business and entrepreneurship.
For Flora Holland, corporate responsibility means caring about human, environmental and social issues.
In the fields of transport and logistics, we instigate sustainable initiatives such as transport over rails and water, the use of alternative fuels and collective transport. Innovation in energy consumption will be high on our agenda in the next few years.
Our active contribution to two major fundraising events, Ride for the Roses and Roparun, demonstrates our commitment to help the fight against cancer. Similarly, we believe our commitment to excellent service can only be achieved if our employees are proud to work for Flora Holland and are motivated to deliver the best possible performance.

Flora Holland stimulates the innovative entrepreneurship of its members by sponsoring Tuinbouw

Ondernemersprijs and the Glass Tulip. These prestigious awards are presented for horticultural entrepreneurship and best market introduction of the year respectively. In addition, the public can enjoy every year the floral splendour of various flower parades and annual exhibitions.

• Annual turnover: 4.5 billion euros and over 3,500 employees
• Plant and flower sales: 12.4 billion items a year
• Members: more than 4,500 of which approx. 600 are based abroad
• Customers: 2,400
• Auction clocks: 38
• The Green-port is, with Schiphol airport and the port of Rotterdam, one of the three economic ‘main ports’ of the Netherlands
• Direct and indirect employment within the sector provides 250,000 full-time jobs
• The Green-port is responsible for 20% of the Dutch trade surplus
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