27 April 2011

"Here comes the chopper to chop off your head..."

Workers harvest tulips in a field near the eastern German town of Schwaneberg
Picture: AFP/GETTY
From the "Pictures of the day" feature at The Telegraph.  Although the caption says the tulips are being "harvested," my understanding of what is really happening is that the machine is decapitating the tulips, leaving the foliage intact and allowing the plant to redirect its energy to bulb formation.  The actual "harvest" will probably come in the autumn when the bulbs are excavaed.

Too bad to waste all those petals.  They could have been used to cover a road or something.

1 comment:

  1. Yep, that's exactly what they're doing. Dunno about Germany, but back here in Holland the decapitated flowers are put to good use in so-called 'bloemencorso's'.


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