Tulip Overload

Keukenhof  is a huge 79 acre garden in the Netherlands that shows off the might of spring bulbs. Even though it is only open for 2 months a year, it attracts 800,000 visitors.
Last Friday when Cyril and I went it was perfect timing: peak bloom. Of course, that meant it was incredibly busy too!
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I was in heaven!
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Literally one of the most exciting days of my life
As you can see, Cyril loved it too:)
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But I promise I didn’t drag him there against his will; it was actually his idea to go to Holland during the spring flowering season.
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That’s more like it!
So when you think of tulips, this image probably comes to mind.
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But there is actually an incredible variety of forms.
You think you know tulips? Think again!
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Alien tulips
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M I N N E S O T A! Minnesota! Minnesota! Yaaaaaay Gophers!
That isn’t even showing off the foliage.
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Those are LEAVES people!!
And of course there are more than just tulips, they had all manner of spring flowering bulbs and flowers.
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White flowers: Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’
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Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’
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Hyacinths have a lovely, strong fragrance! Hyancinthus ‘Fondant’
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These crazy looking guys are Fritillaria inperialis ‘Rubra’
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The blue one is Muscari ‘Armeniacum’
I was impressed by the layout of the garden and the variety of things to do there. They had an area that was more naturalistic, with bulbs and flowers and ferns in a woodland type setting.

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I don’t know what this is but I adore it!
And they had a garden that showcased the different types of cultivated tulips and explained the plant breeding process. Represent! A small section showed different wild species of tulips. The difference between the cultivated and wild plants was interesting to see.
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Beautiful in their own right, but not as striking as the cultivars
They had a very formal garden, with excellent spring flowering mixes, fountains, boxwood hedges, and trellised archways surrounding cages of exotic birds.

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Half of Keukenhof had a lanscaping style in between the naturalized and formal gardens: huge swaths of flower beds underneath the tall, old trees.

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Just hugging my katsura tree:)

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There was a typical dutch windmill to climb up, and indoor pavilions. One had a cut flower show, changed weekly, and the other showcased the newest, coolest varieties.
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A corner of the cut flower show incorporating The Milkmaid, a famous Dutch painting
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Because there weren’t enough tulips outside:)

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The Keukenhof garden is a must see. If you want to go to the Netherlands, I suggest planning your trip during the peak spring blooming season and doing a day trip out to the garden. You won’t be disappointed!
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