Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tulip Fever ; DIARY

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tulip Fever ; DIARY

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Parrot tulip Parrot tulip THIS week's diary is less of a "what we've been doing at Glebe Cottage" and more of a "what we've been doing away from it".

THIS week's diary is less of a "what we've been doing at Glebe Cottage" and more of a "what we've been doing away from it".

You see, we've just come back from the Netherlands where we spent a few days looking at - yes, you guessed it - tulips.

You see, we've just come back from the Netherlands where we spent a few days looking at - yes, you guessed it - tulips.

But we were not visiting the usual tourist haunts, like the wonderful Keukenhof Gardens.

But we were not visiting the usual tourist haunts, like the wonderful Keukenhof Gardens.

No, we went to film with Jan Ligthart, who is one of the few growers with an interest in "flamed" or "feathered" tulips. These wonderful "broken" tulips - responsible for tulip mania in 17th- century Netherlands and, ultimately, for the collapse of the tulip trade - were the result of a virus. …

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