Amsterdam, Australia, Ditty, Double Peach Blossum, Floriade, Hainaut, Jazz, Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherland, Nick Lucas
Keukenhof’s pretty magical every spring
With petals delicate,
And colours bright
There’s always so much to delight
For all who visit
These flowers incite
A “joy de verve”… AND spirit light.
Playing with rhyme – A Ditty: KidazzleInk, 2013 (Inspired by a recent visit to Keukenhof in Spring).
Every year from around late March to mid May the Internationally acclaimed Keukenhof Gardens burst into their kaleidoscope of spring colour, with millions of tulip flowers, themed pavilions, fun family activities, musical events and a grand manifesto of different exhibitions. International visitors flock to these gardens from all around the world to visit the colourful floral displays and spectacular array of other activities on offer, which at different times have included Cultural Tributes, Folkloric Groups, Bird Exhibits, Easter Fun and lots more.
I’m told Keukenhof has now been opening to the public every year for just over sixty years. It was first established way back in 1949 and is believed to be the biggest garden in the world.
Being located in Southern Holland near the small town of Lisse, it is only a short journey of just under an hour from Amsterdam. The garden was created on what was once a 15th Century hunting ground. Back then it also provided a source of herbs for the gracious Countess Jacqueline who lived at nearby Hainaut’s Castle. Today this same Castle is known as the Keukenhof Castle and it too is open to public at different times.
My dearly beloved and I travelled out to see the garden on a very bright and colourful, flower themed “tulip bus” that conveniently left right from the centre of Amsterdam.
Despite the chilly, wet weather that day, I totally enjoyed the whole experience. Mind you, my dearly beloved was probably not quite as enthusiastic as I was! But even he showed some amazement at the enormous variety of tulips on display. I absolutely loved the Double Peach blossoms. Everyone back here in Australia is amazed that they actually belong to the tulip family as they look more like a delicate rose!
Oh and I must say dearly beloved, seemed quite taken by the dark velvety richness of the Black Tulip.
As you can see, I took sooo many photos. And I could truly have taken a whole lot more had it been a nice sunny day. I would have liked to have been able to photograph more of the outdoor garden as well, but never mind.
It was fabulous and I know I’ll go back again one day. I’ve already started planning on a visit for Floriade (another Netherland’s spectacular) in 2022! Yes I know it’s some way off but I’m learning it pays to plan ahead! Takes my mind of the more mundane things in life!!
HERE ARE SOME Other Recent Tulip BLOGS I FOUND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHECK THEM OUT ALSO:
Keukenhof, Amsterdam (retired2travel.wordpress.com)
Nick Lucas (American jazz musician, 1897-1982) – Tiptoe through the Tulips, 1929 (fincheswings.wordpress.com)
The secret to growing tulips (metalroofingcolorshq.com)
What to do in Amsterdam (pressedwordsat.wordpress.com)
Glorious! My husband designs gardens for a living and I’ve always wanted to do Keukenhof (and Floriade 🙂 ) Useful to know about the tulip bus as I’ve never been to Amsterdam. I may now be scheming for our Silver Wedding next year. (it’s actually in August and I had planned Paris and Monet’s Giverny- too greedy to want both 😦 )
I’ve just looked up Giverny and it is definitely going to have to go on my “1000 places to see before you die list”!. Is it open all year – or like Keukenhof just for a few months in Spring? I can see I’ll have to go read more about it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post too. I’m fairly new to all this blogging and still a little technically challenged in some areas. Ah well always more to learn I say.
I love the depth-of-field control of the yellow/red tulip. Great job.
By the way, just sent my wife to look at your blog as she, too, loves Viking Cruises. Alas, I’ve not yet been on one.
Glad you like it. There were just so many amazing Tulips there that day. It was like colourful eye candy for my camera.
You must go on a river cruise yourself one day…so nice just to unpack the once. After that you’re totally pampered. And there was always so much to do if we wanted to keep busy. You could simply do as much or as little as you liked. We’re certainly both hoping we can plan another one sometime soon!