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.
What a delight to simply hop on your bike, ride to this tulip field, pick a bouquet of tulips and return home with all that beauty. I can see why you are addicted to tulips.
It is wonderful that I can do that from my back door. But, just like Minnesota, many people here take it all for granted and don’t enjoy it. Plus, the view by some here is that the bulb fields are just a crop (like we view wheat and corn), once you have seen one, you have seen them all. I am so glad I am able to share this with all my readers. Thanks for stopping and for the comment.
They always say, the first step in [tulip] addiction recovery is admission you have a problem ha! Spring appears to have simply been skipped this year as we are in full 80 degree heat now (high 30’s last Saturday). You have motivated me to get out there and get our landscaping done and at least act like there was a season change before Winter lost his grip. Thanks for sharing.
My passion is gardening. I don’t take it well that I can grow tulips because the squirrels and chipmunks pull them up and enjoy them. I do grow daffodils, but it’s not the same. 🙂
I had the same issue with deer in Minnesota! I would plant the same tulips here in the Netherlands and also in my garden in Minnesota for years. I had (some years) tulips from April (Netherlands) to early June (Minnesota). But, I found I had to keep the ones in MN close to the house and spray chili pepper water on them in order to keep the deer from liking them.
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White tulips are my favorite
You should see a whole field of them. What a sight!
Next year I will definitely go again. It was the most beautiful park I ever seen. Truly impressed. And the fields around Keukenhof are really great.
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