I have wanted to be in Holland in the spring time FOREVER, to be able to see the tulips in bloom. And because they had an early spring, a lot of the fields had already been cut. But! That was ok, because I still got to see some of them in bloom, and I went to the Keukenhof with my relatives, Marianne & Jan. The Keukenhof (which means Kitchen Garden, as it used to be the herb garden for a large estate there) is an open air flower exhibition. It’s open for about 2 months out of the year, from end of March to the end of May.
Such a crappy pic of me, but Marianne wanted me to take a picture of this “maid” character. I’m glad I did though. 🙂
So peaceful and lush!
Haha! Another winning picture! See what you get when you ask for pics of me! This organ was playing songs like, Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York. It’s amazing that I actually got a picture with no one else in it, because it was really popular.
Now for all the flower pics…I have SO many, it was really gorgeous, I couldn’t stop.
Windmill where you can go up and look out over the fields of tulips.
My view from up top. See how they have already pretty much been cut.
Did you know that tulips have a sort of christening ceremony when they are named? I didn’t, but it’s a big deal in terms of who gets to name them. This variety is named after the future king of the Netherlands.
Get out of my picture lady!
I liked the wild, free-spirited ones too!
See the darker ones below that are sort of laying over. Those were called Lady of the Night. I really liked them, mostly for their color, but also maybe a little because of their name. Anyway, almost all of them around the Keukenhof were laying over like this. Marianne explained that there was something wrong with the breeding and that’s why they were doing it. I think the lady of the night was just a little too tired during the day and needed a rest. (Yea, I’m a dork.)
Again, total dork…but really you’d do it too…
What are you looking at, Swan?
Seriously, how magical is this place!
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