Home School Life Journal

Home School Life Journal ........... painting by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Nature Study Lesson #151: The Tulip






"The tulips blossom early because they have food stored in the bulbs the year before, ready to use in the spring." -HNS
Because we studied Holland this week as well as tulips, I gave them a little history of the
development of the cultivation of tulips. According to The Handbook of Nature Study the tulip made its way into Europe from the Orient in the sixteenth century. In Persia you could find the tulip's form used by the famous Persian weavers. "A hundred years later, the Netherlands possessed with the tulip mania."
Steven bought us a tulip to plant in the front yard and when he brought it home, the buds were all closed and all you could see was the green sepal which closed the bud tightly. As it began to bloom, you could see the sepals joining the petals inside in their pink color and release its grip, letting the petals inside unfold. We spread the petals open further to look at the flower's stamens and stigma. We compared the stem and leaves of the daffodil and the tulip and James noticed how the leaves cover the stem completely at the bottom of the stem. Katie noticed how much more broad the leaves of the tulip are compared to the daffodil.

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