I mostly post about 'weedy things' but I treated myself to a five dollar bouquet of tulips from Walmart. Snapping a macro shot and doing a quick internet search gave me information I did not associate with the tulip. The year 1594 is the official date of tulips flowering in The Netherlands. Forty years later Tulip mania captured the minds and purses of Holland. But, the tulip arrived in The Netherlands from the Ottoman Empire and the word tulip is derived from the Persian word 'dulban' or turban.