Tulips, Tulips, Tulips!

TULIP SEASON IN THE NETHERLANDS

At first glance, it looks like a giant child armed with a box of crayons has been set loose upon the landscape.

Vivid stripes of purple, yellow, red, pink, orange and green make up a glorious Technicolor patchwork.

Yet far from being a child’s sketchbook, this is, in fact, the northern Netherlands in the middle of the tulip season.

With more than 10,000 hectares devoted to the cultivation of these delicate flowers, the Dutch landscape in May is a kaleidoscope of giddy colors as the tulips burst into life.

The bulbs were planted in late October and early November, and these colorful creations are now ready to be picked and sold as bunches of cut flowers in florists and supermarkets.

More than three billion tulips are grown each year and two-thirds of the vibrant blooms are exported, mostly to the U.S. and Germany.

Their dazzling colors are thanks to the years in the 17th century when mania swept the globe and the most eye-catching specimens changed hands for a small fortune.

But like a rainbow, this colorful landscape is a short-lived phenomenon. When the flowers are gone, the land will be cultivated for a rather more mundane crop of vegetables.

The Netherlands produce more than nine million bulbs a year.

A big h/t to beloved fellow and horticulturalist Joseph!

~Eowyn

8 responses to “Tulips, Tulips, Tulips!

  1. Wow!!! What a beautiful world God gives us. Sending this to oldest daughter. Tulips are her favorite. We cerainly helped the Netherland’s economy when this child married. Only tulips would do!

  2. The volcano-like mountain looming in the far distance in the sixth photo is Mt Rainier/Tahoma, in WA state. The Skagit Valley, between Everett and Bellingham, has a number of bulb farms that can be easily seen from main roads. When I went to college there [1960-'61], these were primarily small dairy farms. As these grew less and less profitable, their owners gradually switched to the higher value flowering bulb business.

  3. Yes, gorgeous…….
    I live in the Pacific N’West and had to laugh seeing Mt Ranier lifting her cloud skirts there in all of the photos of the Netherlands.
    Every Spring everyone around here makes a pilgrimage to the Skagit Valley, the town of La Conner, like Josephbc69 wrote and brings home armfuls of plain and Parrot and Angelique (look like peonies!!!!) tulips.
    It’s all just marvelous!
    Thanks for posting these wonderful photos!!!!

  4. Wow,what a beautiful sight.

  5. The colorful clothes people wear are an attempt to mimic God’s glorious color palette. These photos lift my heart.

  6. Wow! Great pics.

    LOL – The only thing missing is Tiny Tim and his ukulele.

    -Dave

  7. lowtechgrannie

    Great eye candy!

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