I am addicted to tulips! I already knew that I was addicted, but writing it, my addiction is now in the open I can now address this publicly and start therapy.
I think I will self prescribe… must pick more tulips!
My day started yesterday with a bike ride to Annemieke’s Pluktuin. I hadn’t visited the fields yet this Spring. I had made a trip to the greenhouse earlier this Spring to pick tulips (read about it here).
The wind had really beaten the heck out the fields in the past few days. The tulips were flopped over in sad splashes of color. I was told to pick the ones with only good unopened buds. But aren’t the fields still beautiful in this sad weather beaten state?
This year Annemieke planted a Show Garden (aka Proof Tuin). These small organized plantings are a way for tulip growers to experiment with new varieties and/or breed new sorts. It is a great way to see what is new or experience varieties that we don’t have or are limited in America.
With all my tulips picked and pictures taken, I paid for my purchase (15 tulips = 3Euro 75 cents!). Placed my tulips in my bike bag and rode back to the house. Now, in the next few days I will wait to see what sort of tulips I picked as they slowly open to reveal the surprise of colors.