Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Royal tiptoe through the tulips



Tulipa 'Henry Hudson' Photo: Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center




Prince and Princess of the Netherlands at the White House

WASHINGTON (DP) There are budding rumors about the Dutch royals' recent visit to the White House.

Although the meeting was ostensibly a social call, informed sources report that Prince Willem-Alexander offered economic advice to President Obama, drawing parallels between the recession in the U.S. and the problems suffered in 17th century Holland after the collapse of Tulipomania.

Oddly, the Prince may have proposed a modified version of Tulipomania as a financial cure--suggesting a U.S. stimulus package that would encourage American gardeners to invest in tulip bulbs.

The rumored stimulus package would offer tax credits for households buying over 1,000 tulip bulbs in 2009 and 2010. The Netherlands is the premium wholesale source for tulip bulbs and would benefit from increased sales here.

Agitation is growing in garden centers across the United States, with anxious gardeners demanding to know if there will be a tulip tax credit. American bulb catalogs could not be reached for comment, as their telephone lines are swamped with calls from buyers. 

Last week in New York the Dutch Princess christened a new tulip 'Henry Hudson'. The orange species tulip, with its ruffled foliage, is a popular arrival on the garden scene, fueling speculation that the Dutch are using 'Henry Hudson' to stir up American consumer support for the tulip stimulus package.

Pressure is on the White House to confirm or deny the stimulus package during this prime time for ordering tulip bulbs. If the question is not resolved promptly the Oval Office faces a near riot when the Garden Writers Association meets for its annual conference next week.



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14 comments:

Janet said...

Interesting concept!

Daffodil Planter said...

Janet, Tax relief comes in small packages?

susan morrison said...

I was planning on planting crocus and daffodils this fall, but am now concerned with appearing Un-American. Hate to think I could have helped turn the country around just be switching to tulips.

Daffodil Planter said...

Susan, How about potting up a patriotic display of red and white tulips with some muscari? That should finish off your career as a garden designer.

flowergardengirl said...

And Kanye is going to come out and make the announcement for the committee.

I need someone to send me 1,000 assorted daffodil bulbs. Who do I contact to set that up? I get them for free right? It will be mandated and all. You with many will have to share with us who have none.

Daffodil Planter said...

FGG, I think Congressman Posey's office is the best place to start with inquiries.

VW said...

I wouldn't qualify for the tulip credit this year - I'm so sick of the half-dead foliage hanging around my garden through all of June that I'm not ordering any tulips or full-size daffodils this year. Just little crocus, galanthus, mini-daffs and chiondoxia. Maybe I'll try more tulips when my perennials mature and can better hide the dying foliage.

Daffodil Planter said...

VW, As a daffodil lover I am sad to read that. Can't you use your daylilies as cover for the old daffodil foliage?

Back to the tulip tax credit-- wondering if Congress will whittle down the program to such an extent that it covers tiny bulbs instead of tulips?

Town Mouse said...

This seems to be a typical eaast-coast conspiracy. In warmer climates, tulips do not bloom unless refrigerated, creating tensions in households where food usually takes the space of tulips. Let's stick with Daffodils over here.

Daffodil Planter said...

Town Mouse, Yes, the old trans-Atlantic group think. Maybe the Dutch consulates in warmer states could offer to refrigerate tulip bulbs? Hands across the sea?

Seed Scatterer said...

Moles and Voles and Tulip fire,
Sure to raise a bulb-grower's ire.

Is this yet another conspiracy to terrorize poor unsuspecting gardeners who don't know about pre-chilling, or blooming where one is planted.

Daffodil Planter said...

Welcome Seed Scatterer! Can you work deer into your delightful poem? They keep me from growing more than a few tulips.

Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel said...

I love species tulips.

That's all I'm going to say!
Except.... I hope you're behaving yourself, DP :~D

Alice

Daffodil Planter said...

Alice, I'd love to see a mass of specie tulips! Trying to be good here....