Sprung

Springtime, 1872, oil on canvas.  Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French.  Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

 

The flowers are columbine (Aquilegia), a perennial which flies from mid-Spring through late Summer in the park at Longwood Gardens and in many gardens of the area.

 

 

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The Tulip Folly, oil on canvas, 1882.  Jean-Leon Jerome, 1824-1904, French.  Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

 

And despite the madness of financial speculation depicted in this painting in which soldiers trample tulip beds in an unsuccessful attempt to destroy tulips to stabilize the tulip market by limiting the supply, tulips have survived and thrived in variety, numbers and areas in which they mark the coming of Spring.

A craze for tulips in the first half 17th century in the Netherlands and much of Europe created an economic bubble.  When it burst, speculators were financially ruined.

Tulips in the park at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania; at the Quaker Meeting House, 3rd and Arch, Philadelphia and in so many gardens in the area.

 

 

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Tulips at the Quaker Meeting House, Old City, Philadelphia-2

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