Peonies and the ‘new tulip’
Yes I am still writing about flowers from the wedding.
The peonies had gotten a little ‘buggy’ so they had to hang outside. Behind them are…
what Richard called ‘the new tulips’.
They photograph better than they looked in real life. And maybe the bunch I had was not cared for correctly. (They might have sat for a day or two before I cut the stems and put them in water….) Still my neighbor, Ida and I looked at them, she said ‘bruta’, I said ‘butt ugly’. But we left them to brighten our doorstep.
I have looked them up on the internet and the variety is called ‘ice cream’. Well, discussions about the ‘new tulip’ led to discussions about tulip mania. (This is what happens when you hang out with folks who were CEOs and math/econ majors) This is a short bit about tulip mania from Wikipedia
Tulip mania or tulipomania (Dutch names include: tulpenmanie, tulpomanie, tulpenwoede, tulpengekte and bollengekte) was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed.
At the peak of tulip mania, in March 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. It is generally considered the first recorded speculative bubble (or economic bubble), although some researchers have noted that the Kipper- und Wipperzeit episode in 1619–22, a Europe-wide chain of debasement of the metal content of coins to fund warfare, featured mania-like similarities to a bubble. The term “tulip mania” is now often used metaphorically to refer to any large economic bubble (when asset prices deviate from intrinsic values).
The 1637 event was popularized in 1841 by the book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, written by British journalist Charles Mackay. According to Mackay, at one point 12 acres (5 ha) of land were offered for a Semper augustus bulb. Mackay claims that many such investors were ruined by the fall in prices, and Dutch commerce suffered a severe shock. Although Mackay’s book is a classic, his account is contested. Many modern scholars feel that the mania was not as extraordinary as Mackay described and argue that not enough price data are available to prove that a tulip bulb bubble actually occurred.
Research is difficult because of the limited economic data from the 1630s—much of which come from biased and very speculative sources. Some modern economists have proposed rational explanations, rather than a speculative mania, for the rise and fall in prices. For example, other flowers, such as the hyacinth, also had high initial prices at the time of their introduction, which immediately fell. The high asset prices may also have been driven by expectations of a parliamentary decree that contracts could be voided for a small cost—thus lowering the risk to buyers.
I preferred the peonies.
Well, anyway, the door looked nice for a few days.