Today, I went shopping and went to the local nursery to buy some tulip bulbs. One of the final touches to get ready for winter. I found an pretty red tulip bulb called the Canadian Liberator. It has a very interesting story behind it. The Canadians liberated Holland in WWII. The story goes that , The princess of Holland and her family took refuge in Ottawa during World War II and, in 1943, Juliana gave birth to a daughter, Margriet, at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The Canadian government declared the hospital room Dutch territory so the baby would be born a Dutch citizen. After the war the dutch government paid their gratitude by giving Ottawa tons of tulip bulbs. The Canadian Liberator enhances the colour of the Canadian Flag. Ottawa has a tulip festival every year developed from the gratitude of the dutch government. It also makes me proud to have this tulip rich in history in the yard. It reminds me of all the great sacrifices the soldiers gave to fight the Nazi's.
I also bought another very pretty type of tulip called the Toronto Tulip. It appears early in the spring and I really don't much now the history behind it but it is very pretty also. I look forward to digging in the dirt as soon as possible to get these tulip bulbs in.