Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

New type of tulip from the Netherlands decorates Presidential Palace

The tulips are special because of their colour, but what colour is surprise that will be seen in the spring.

(Source: SITA)

The Embassy of the Netherlands gave a new type of tulip to Slovakia on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Day of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic.

Dutch ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast together with the head of the Slovak President’s Office Štefan Rozkopál planted the first two bulbs of the new breed.

Kwast believes that partner relationships between both countries will be deeper and deeper, like the roots of tulips. In total, 2,400 new tulips were planted in the garden.

“They are special because of their colour but I cannot say more at the moment. You will see in April,” said the Dutch ambassador, as quoted by the TASR newswire. Next year, when Slovakia celebrates the anniversary of its establishment and also the anniversary of the first Czechoslovak republic establishment, the tulips should come into bloom.

A special year

Next year is going to be special, according to the Dutch ambassador, because it will be 25 years since Slovakia’s establishment.

“We cooperated with Slovakia during those years and became important partners. We consider Slovakia to be an active player in the EU,” said Henk Cor van der Kwast for the TASR newswire, adding that they would like to continue in strengthening their common relationship.

The new name of the tulip has been already registered; its name will be announced in the spring of next year when they will come into bloom and public will know their colour.

“The name will be connected to Slovakia,” said Jos Beelen from the Dutch company JUB, a flower breeding specialist , as quoted by TASR.

It takes years

Breeding new tulips takes several years, according to Beelen. The first blooming comes after ten years followed by several breedings and after a few more years, there are enough new tulips to register an official name.

“Altogether it takes 20 years to offer new tulips on the market. It’s a long time and an enormous amount of work,” added Beelen for TASR.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Man from Russian sanction list trained president’s and PM’s bodyguards

Denis Riauzov is on the sanctions list and the secret services believe he is a Russian agent.

He survived the Paris attacks: Slovakia healed me, he says

I stepped back into life and learned to live again here. I don’t think I could have done it in Paris, says Thomas Tran Dinh.

I found people in Slovakia who try to understand and balance things, says Thomas Tran Dinh.

What does this man know?

Prosecutor searches for witness in the case of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová’s murder.

Identikit picture of possible witness in Kuciak murder case.

I am not afraid, I do not work like Kuciak

Sometimes trolls burst into our office and shout at us until we convince them to leave, but they never sue us, says David Crawford from the newsgroup Correctiv who were the first to discover who downed MH17 flight.

David Crewford