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Tulip Wonders

I had the great privilege of being invited to the 'Tulip Extravaganza Show' in Oakland at the Tower Chapel, Friday, March 26th, by amazing Wonderful Flickr Friends headed by Lulu (Tulip Fleurs) along with Horace (Ah-Hman), Yawo and JG. It was our very first 'Flickr Meet' together and surely not our last.

It was a very 'memorable' day to cherish and an 'unforgettable' exciting day particularly when we were graciously told to leave the Show for uncalled conduct that we were not aware of. Maybe being 'too' friendly and very 'accomodating' to the florists and garden clubs attendees is quite intimidating to the Show Organizer, Ms. Doreen Herbruger of the Mountain View Cemetery where the 5th annual event was held.

In all, it was a spectacular showing of thousands of blooming Dutch tulips in striking tulip floral arrangements created by these Bay Area's florists, garden clubs, and students from college floral design classes.

Again, Many, Many Thanks to Lulu, Horace, Yawo and JG! We promised ourselves to

meet again, over lunch, on a more friendlier atmosphere... Till next Flickr Friends Meet!


A Tulip is a bulbous plant in the genus Tulipa, comprising 109 species with showy flowers, in the family Liliaceae. The species native range includes southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia from Anatolia and Iran in the west to northeast of China. The centre of diversity of the genus is in the Pamir and Hindu Kush mountains and the steppes of Kazakhstan. A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, used as pot plants or as fresh cut flowers. Most cultivars of tulip are derived from Tulipa gesneriana.


Although tulips are associated with Holland, commercial cultivation of the flower began in the Ottoman Empire. The tulip, or lale (from Persian لاله, lâleh) as it is also called in Iran and Turkey, is a flower indigenous to a vast area encompassing parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe. The word tulip, which earlier appeared in English in forms such as tulipa or tulipant, entered the language by way of French tulipe and its obsolete form tulipan or by way of Modern Latin tulīpa, from Ottoman Turkish tülbend ("muslin" or "gauze"), and is ultimately derived from the Persian language dulband ("turban"). (The English word turban, first recorded in English in the 16th century, is a cognate.)


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Your continued support makes it all 'worthwhile'! Stay 'Blessed'! My Flickr Friends.

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Taken on March 26, 2010