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Tiptoe through the Tulips

Tiptoe through the Tulips





Spring has Sprung don't miss the final week (Wednesday Thru Sunday) of Tulip Festival 2012 at Seabird island. Once again, Kate has done a spectacular job and you can't help but feel privileged to be given the opportunity to Tiptoe through the Tulips.

Although tulips are often associated with the Netherlands, commercial cultivation of the flower began in the Ottoman Empire, and are indigenous to mountainous areas with temperate climates and need a period of cool dormancy. Holland is the world's main producer of commercially sold tulip plants, producing as many as 3 billion bulbs annually, the majority for export.

It is believed the first tulips in North America were introduced in 1847 in Salem, Massachusetts. By a wealthy landowner who imported many different trees and plants from all parts of the world to landscape his property.

The word tulip has a rather odd origin. When the tulip was introduced to Europe, many gardeners saw a resemblance between the flower's shape and Turkish headwear, and they dubbed the flower tulipan, from tuilbend, a Turkish word for turban. From tulipan came the French word tulipe and the English word tulip. There is, as you can see, only a whimsical connection between tulips and two lips.

The Tulips popularity was cemented in Canada from a gift of thanks given five decades ago. In the fall of 1945, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs. The gift was given in appreciation of the safe haven which Holland's exiled royal family received during the Second World War and in recognition of the role which Canadian troops played in liberating the Netherlands. Tulips have become an important symbol of international friendship and the beauty of spring.

Tiptoe Through the Tulips" is a popular song originally published and hit the top of the charts for 10 weeks in 1929. The song was revived in 1968 by Tiny Tim.Most currently, the song was featured in the horror film Insidious in 2011 a number of times throughout, and in the thriller film Wrecked as a radiotune. The song was also mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on page 34. Vernon Dursley was humming the song while he boarded up small cracks around the front and back doors.

Tiptoe through the window
By the window, that is where I'll be
Come tiptoe through the tulips with me

Oh, tiptoe from the garden
By the garden of the willow tree
And tiptoe through the tulips with me

Knee deep in flowers we'll stray
We'll keep the showers away
And if I kiss you in the garden, in the moonlight
Will you pardon me?
And tiptoe through the tulips with me

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